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Today´s preperation for the second friendly match between Los Pumas and New South Wales saw Santiago Phelan sticking to the same fifteen players who took the field in La Plata. Phelan´s team in training today was unchanged from Saturday. This, while the team to start against the Australians remains unconfirmed it would appear reasonable to assume that wholesale changes are not likely. Considering the final score and the high error rate it would appear that a number of players are being given a second chance to impress and not simply a case that Phelan has already determined who will start against South Africa. The performance of Agustín Creevy, for instance, from the bench against New South Wales was clearly of a different calibre than that of the starting hooker Eusebio Guiñazú. Creevy though did not train as the starting hooker today. Other cases saw the likes of Juan Imhoff, Juan Manuel Leguizamón and Nicolás Sánchez all left out despite many expecting them to all start against the Springboks.
The training today saw the return of props Nahuel Lobo and Juan Pablo Orlandi. Both were unable to featured at all against the Australians on Saturday due to injury. Neither Patricio Albacete nor Julio Farías Cabello featured however with both needing as much time as possible on the sidelines to recover ahead of the Rugby Championship. While neither Bruno Postiglioni nor the future Chiefs Super Rugby player Tomás Lavanini are in the Pumas squad for the tournament both were in the training group today but were outside of the starting lineup. The chances of either splaying in the Rugby Championship remain slim but they are both set to be called up should another player be injured.
Today´s Training Lineup
1 Marcos Ayerza, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 3 Juan Figallo
4 Manuel Carizza, 4 Mariano Galarza
6 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Pablo Matera
9 Martín Landajo, 10 Juan Martín Hernández
12 Santiago Fernández, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi
11 Horacio Agulla, 15 Martín Rodríguez Gurruchaga, 14 Gonzalo Camacho