Argentina head coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes from the team that lost 28-13 to the All Blacks, four selection based, one injury enforced, ahead of their clash against the Qantas Wallabies at Patersons Stadium in Perth.
Tomas Cubelli will wear the number nine jersey for his first start in this year’s edition of The Castrol EDGE Rugby Championship, with Martin Landajo dropping to the bench, while there is a double change in the midfield, with veteran Felipe Contepomi to play in what will be his 85th Test match at inside centre, while London Welsh based Gonzalo Tiesi will feature at outside centre.
The return of the 36-Test midfielder will please many Argentine supporters; with many ranking the former Sevens star as the country’s best choice in the centres.
The final change in the back division sees Juan Imhoff restored to the starting line up in the place of the injured Gonzalo Camacho, who returned to England today courtesy of a dislocated shoulder.
He will complete his recovery with his Aviva Premiership club, the Leicester Tigers.
The forward pack, so impressive against the All Blacks up front, features just the solitary change, with Agustín Creevy named at hooker, meaning Eusebio Guinazu drops to the reserves.
Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe continues as captain in his 54th Test match, and the English Premiership and Heineken Cup winner will be joined by another incoming half-centurion, with Juan Manuel Leguizamon playing in his 50th Test match.
The impressive flanker, featuring at number eight this weekend, made his debut in 2005 and is a veteran of two Rugby World Cups.
This will be the 20th Test match between Australia and Argentina, and the 11th on Australian soil.
The Pumas have won just the solitary Test match away from home against the Wallabies, in 1983 in Ballymore 18-3.
Mark Ella’s Wallabies could only manage a penalty via the boot of David Campese, while Argentina scored two tries through their pack, embellished with the boot of Hugo Porta, who kicked two conversions, a penalty and a drop goal in what was something of a golden period for the South Americans.
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Argentina team to play Qantas Wallabies:
1 - Marcos Ayerza
2 - Agustín Creevy
3 - Juan Figallo
4 - Manuel Carizza
5 - Julio Farías Cabello
6 - Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
7 - Pablo Matera
8 - Juan Manuel Leguizamón
9 - Tomás Cubelli
10 - Nicolás Sánchez
11 - Juan Imhoff
12 - Felipe Contepomi
13 - Gonzalo Tiesi
14 - Horacio Agulla
15 - Juan Martín Hernández
16 - Eusebio Guiñazú
17 - Nahuel Lobo
18 - Juan Pablo Orlandi
19 - Mariano Galarza
20 - Benjamín Macome
21 - Martín Landajo
22 - Santiago Fernández
23- Lucas González Amorosino