Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Argentina team confirmed - Martín Bustos Moyano named as goalkicker

Benjamin Urdapilleta to
start at flyhalf
Santiago Phelan confirmed his starting lineup for Argentina v England this Saturday. The starting XV is identical to the side that trained together on Monday and was posted yesterday here on Argentina 2023. Felipe Contepomi has been confirmed as the captain  but he will not be the goalkicker. Instead Martín Bustos Moyano will at long last be given the chance he has deserved for so long. He will start at fullback. Six of the starting players featured in the 2013 Vodacom Cup. The others played in professional leagues either in Europe or in Super Rugby. 

Felipe Contepomi will captain the side from inside centre. At 35 years of age he is set to earn his 80th cap. A lot will be expected of Contepomi in the midfield, particularly as a support player for Benjamin Urapilleta who has been named at flyhalf. His tremendous season for Oyonnax in the Pro d2 has seen him earn a start against England and he will play in the Top 14 next season for the same club. Outside of Contepomi is the vastly experienced Gonzalo Tiesi earning his 34th cap. While there are no uncapped players it is a first chance for a number of players against Tier One opposition. Those of note to have been included are Matías Orlando who started ahead of Belisario Agulla and Martín Bustos Moyano whose only previous test was against Chile in 2008.


1 Pablo Henn, 2 Martín García Veiga, 3 Maximiliano Bustos
(Brive, France) (Los Pampas XV), (Montpellier, France)
4 Mariano Galarza, 5 Esteban Lozada
(Los Pampas XV), (Agen, France)

6 Julio Farías Cabello, 8 Tomás Leonardi, 7 Benjamín Macome
(London Welsh, England), (Kings, South Africa), (Los Pampas XV)

9 Martín Landajo, 10 Benjamín Urdapilleta
(Los Pampas XV), Oyonnax, France)
12 Felipe Contepomi, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi
(Stade Français, France), (London Welsh, England)
11 Manuel Montero, Martín Bustos Moyano, 14 Matías Orlando
(Los Pampas XV), Bayonne, France), (Los Pampas XV)

Reserves: 16 Mauricio Guidone, 17 Guillermo Roán, 18 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 19 Tomás Vallejos, 20 Tomás De la Vega, 21 Nicolás Vergallo, 22 Gabriel Ascárate, 23 Belisario Agulla


  1. I think I'M the first one here to post a comment!

    Regarding this side, I don't know too much about tight five workings. I would have gone for Kodela over Bustos and Postigilioni over Henn. Vega looked good against the sterval pumas!
    SR Galazara: 2019 captain? Lozada : Phelan's relative!

    Backrow: Tasty! Leonardi 8? Macome Openside?

    Half backs ave good balance!

    Centres: TASTY! Tiesi's tackling.

    Back three is nearly tasty. Orlando deserves this chance. He's big and he tackles well ala Camacho and Agulla.

    Opinion; the series will be split and Orlando and montero will both stake a claim for the RC!

  2. I like the team but I think Farias should be on the second row instead for Lozada and De La Vega o the flanker. Leonardi played no. 8 at his former club SIC and always did a good job, he is a good ball carrier. I think the Pumas will make a really good impresion especially on the second game as they still havent play any games before this forst again England while the visitors has already played 2 games against Baabaas and South America XV.

  3. Lozada is starting so that the scrum is solid and not going backwards. Farías is not as good as Lozada in scrums and nor is Vallejos. This is also why Phelan had two backrowers on the bench in the rugby Championship in 2012 with Senatore and Leonardí both there for most matches. With Galarza now fit it will be different this year.

  4. No summary of this match?

    1. Rather than an actual summary it is being analyzed in other means such as the likely starting lineup for Velez Sarsfeld and subsequent pieces.