Contepomi and Leguizamon back for Pumas
June 10, 2010
Felipe Contepomi is back in action for the Pumas © Getty Images
Felipe Contepomi will start at fly-half as Argentina take on Scotland in Tucuman on Saturday, with Juan Manuel Leguizamon also winning a recall.
The Stade Francais back-rower starts alongside Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe in the loose trio while Contepomi marshals a re-jigged backline that sees Martin Rodriguez move to fullback and Santiago Fernandez into the centre alongside Harlequins' Gonzalo Tiesi.
Both Contepomi and Leguizamon were conspicuous in their absence in 2009, with the fly-half out with a cruciate ligament injury in his left knee. Leguizamon missed last year's tour, when the Pumas slipped to defeat against England and Wales before beating Scotland at Murrayfield.
"This is my first time in Tucuman and I've felt the people's love since we arrived at the airport," Lobbe said. "We are anxiously looking forward to the Scotland match on Saturday. We've prepared ourselves very well in the physical aspects and worked a lot on technical points. I think we are in good form and we'll get to the match day in good condition."
Argentina: M Rodriguez-Gurruchaga (Stade Francais); L Borges (Albi), G Tiesi (Harlequins), S Fernandez (Montpellier), H Agulla (Leicester); F Contepomi (Toulon, capt), A Lalanne (London Irish); R Roncero (Stade Francais), M Ledesma (Clermont Auvergne), M Scelzo (Clermont Auvergne), M Carizza (Biarritz Olympique), P Albacete (Toulouse), G Fessia (Cordoba Athletic), JM Leguizamon (Stade Francais), JM Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon)
Replacements: A Creevy (San Luis), M Ayerza (Leicester), M Galarza (Universitario La Plata), A Campos (Montauban), A Figuerola (CASI), I Mieres (Stade Francais), L Gonzalez-Amorosino (Leicester)
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