Preview: Argentina too strong for Namibia
September 22, 2007
Argentina captain Agustin Pichot returns to the Pumas side for Saturday's World Cup clash with Namibia.
Pichot had been struggling with a hamstring injury but will lead Argentina in the Pool D match at Stade Velodrome in Marseille.
Stade Francais fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez is sidelined with a thigh injury so Felipe Contepomi takes the number 10 jersey, switching from inside centre.
Only three forwards remain from the 33-3 victory over Georgia with Patricio Albacete, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon retaining their
Federico Todeschini, whose World Cup was in doubt because of a calf injury, has been included on the bench.
In total there are nine changes to the team that defeated Georgia.
Namibia coach Hakkies Husselman has made nine changes for Saturday's clash at the Stade Velodrome.
Tinus du Plessis is named at number eight in place of the suspended Jacques Nieuwenhuis, who was sent off for a high tackle during Sunday's 87-10 thrashing by France.
Skipper Kees Lensing has been ruled out of the match because of a toe injury so centre Corne Powell takes over as captain.
Husselman is keeping his squad as fresh as possible for next Wednesday's showdown with Georgia - the Pool D encounter both teams have targeted for their first World Cup victory.
Argentina: I Corleto; H Senillosa, G Tiesi, M Contepomi, H Agulla; F Contepomi, A Pichot (captain); R Roncero, AV Basualdo, O Hasan, C Fernandez Lobbe, P Albacete, L Ostiglia, JM F Lobbe, J Leguizamon.
Replacements: M Ledesma, JM Scelzo, R Kairelis, G Longo, N Fernandez Miranda, F Todeschini, F Miras.
Namibia: H Bock; D Mouton, DP Grobler, C Powell (capt), M Africa; T Losper, E Jantjies; J Redelinghuys, J Meyer, M Visser, W Kazombiaze, N Esterhuize, M MacKenzie, J Burger, T du Plessis.
Replacements: H Horn, K Lensing, H Lindvelt, H Senekal, J van Tonder, M Schreuder, P van Zyl.
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