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Pumas make 3 changes in team to face Wallabies

Pumas make 3 changes in team to face Wallabies in Rugby Championship


New Zealand Argentina Rugby


GOLD COAST, Australia (AP) -- Argentina has dropped both starting wingers in making three changes to its lineup playing Australia in the Rugby Championship on Saturday.

Lock Tomas Lavanini will miss the match after receiving a one-match suspension for dangerous play in the Pumas' 28-9 loss to New Zealand last weekend. Matias Alemanno replaces Lavanini in a still-powerful forward pack.

Wingers Horacio Agulla and Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino have both been discarded after mediocre performances in last weekend's test at Napier. Juan Imhoff and Manuel Montero have been drafted into the starting side to add more dash to the backline.

Argentina has yet to post a win in the Rugby Championship but they have challenged both South Africa and New Zealand in tests this season. They lost 13-6 and 33-31 to the Springboks, and stretched the All Blacks despite losing by four tries to nil last weekend.

The Pumas haven't beaten Australia since 1997 and haven't won in Australia since 1984, but lost by only one point when the teams met in Perth last season.

Coach Daniel Hourcade has made three changes to his bench, promoting flyhalf Jeronimo De La Fuente, prop Bruno Postiglioni and lock Benjamin Macome into the match 23.

Australia earlier announced three changes to its lineup, recalling hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau who has been sidelined with injury and naming winger Peter Betham and No. 8 Ben McCalman in place of Adam Ashley-Cooper and Wycliff Palu who are injured.


Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet, Juan Imhoff, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Manuel Montero, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, Matias Alemanno, Mariano Galarza, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy, Marcos Ayerza (captain). Reserves: Matias Cortese, Bruno Postiglioni, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Benjamin Macome, Rodrigo Baez, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo De la Fuente, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

Updated : 2021-10-16 04:14 GMT+08:00