Santiago Phelan has confirmed a twenty-eight man squad for the second stage of The Rugby Championship.The squad features the return of Juan Martín Hernández who missed the second match of the tournament. Joining him are first choice players Agustín Creevy and Juan Manuel Leguizamón who missed both matches against South Africa due to injury. The return of Creevy comes at the expense of Bruno Postiglioni who was on the bench for the two matches against the Springboks but did not feature. Creevy is yet to participate in contact training but has been deemed ready for the match in Wellington on Saturday September 08. He is likely to be on the bench with Guinãzú starting. Leguizamón should start in the backrow and Hernández at flyhalf.
The squad is not at full strength however as Alvaro Galindo has been ruled out of the away matches and is expected to return in three weeks time. This would make him avaliable for Argentina´s home matches against New Zealand in La Plata and Australia in Rosario. His performance in the first two games was not up to the standards of Leguizamón and his selection above Tomás De La Vega came as a surprize to many. Two noticable names in the squad are Martín Bustos Moyano and Rafael Carballo who are backups to the match day 22´s wingers and centres.
Los Pumas travel to New Zealand on Friday.