Late change for Pumas in Mendoza

The Rugby Championship
by AAP

Argentina have been forced into a late change for their Rugby Championship clash with Australia when midfield regular Jeronimo de la Fuente failed a fitness test on Friday.

De La Fuente, who has started in every Pumas Test this year, injured his left leg in training and has been replaced by Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias.

Saturday's game will be his first start in almost a year.

Three-time rugby World Cup back Juan Martin Hernandez comes onto the reserves bench for a match in which the Pumas are out to redeem themselves.

Jeronimo de la fuente scored for the Pumas. Photo: Getty ImagesThey are at risk of failing to earn a competition point for the first time since joining the competition in 2012.

"We are failing to carry out the game plan," flanker Pablo Matera said.

"The system is not failing, it is us players who are failing."

Matera said they remain determined to beat the Wallabies, as they did in the same Malvinas Argentinas Stadium in 2014.

"If we beat Australia, we can finish the championship by beating a top team," he said.

"To beat Italy in November will not give us anything."


Pumas team to face the Wallabies 

1. Lucas Noguera

2. Agustin Creevy (c)

3. Nahuel Tetaz

4. Marcos Kremer

5. Matias Alemanno

6. Pablo Matera

7. Javier Ortega Desio

8. Tomas Lezana

9. Martin Landa

10. Nicolas Sanchez

11. Emiliano Boffelli

12. Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias

13. Matias Orlando

14. Matias Moroni

15. Joaquin Tuculet 


16. Julian Montoya

17. Santiago Garcia

18. Enrique Pieretto

19. Benjamin Macomme

20. Leonardo Senatore

21. Gonzalo Bertranou

22. Juan Martin Hernandez

23. Santiago Cordero