If today´s two training sessions are anything to go by then Santiago Phelan is going to field a very experimental team for Argentina´s first match of its three test tour of Wales, France and Ireland. There were quite a number of changes and a move away from the traditional conservative play that Los Pumas have played under Phelan. The changes can be partly attributed to injury with Patricio Albacete and Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga both out of the tour. It can also be said to have been influenced by European clubs, with Biarritz not wanting Marcelo Bosch or Francisco Gómez Kodela to play for Los Pumas this weekend. But, overall the Pumas lineup as it changed today was more to do with an altered thought pattern from Phelan than outside influenced.
Phelan made very few changes to Los Pumas throughout the duration of The Rugby Championship. He utilized the same frontrow for all matches, the same secondrow, same centres and same wingers. Now, though the side is looking different. Today´s training sessions featured mroe changes than the obvious one in the frontrow. The retirement of Rodrigo Roncero means that Marcos Ayerza´s long six year wait for the Pumas number 1 shirt is over and he trained at loosehead prop together with Eusebio Guinãzú and Juan Figallo who retained their places from The Rugby Championship. Elsewhere there were numerous changes with Juan Imhoff replacing Horacio Agulla, Juan Martín Hernández playing fullback and Nicolás Sánchez flyhalf, Gonzalo Tiesi was back at outside centre and joining him was Felipe Contepomi at inside centre. Juan Manuel Leguizamón did not train today as he played for Lyon on Sunday and needed the day to recover. In his place was Leonardo Senatore, but it is likely to only be for today.