Thursday, November 20, 2014

International Rugby: Pumas make four changes for France

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Los Pumas head coach Daniel Hourcade has named four different players to start against France from those who featured in the win over Italy in Genoa last Friday. The test match in Paris is to be the final match of the year for the South Americans and an opportunity to win back-to-back matches. The test match marks the first time since Rugby World Cup 2007 that Argentina has played in the French capital. Los Pumas won 17-12 and 34-10 against France at the Stade de France and Parc des Princes during Rugby World Cup 2007 and played subsequent tests in Marseilles, Montpellier and Lille from 2008-2012. 


Returning to lead his country at hooker is Agustín Creevy. Set to earn his 36th cap Creevy replaces Matías Cortese who has been named ahead of Santiago González Valdez as the replacement hooker for the fixture. Joining Cortese as front-row replacements are Lucas Noguera Paz and Ramiro Herrera which sees Marcos Ayerza and Francisco Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro retaining the the number 1 and 3 shirts.

No changes have been made to the second-row as Hourcade has kept faith in Guido Petti and Tomás Lavanini. Petti only turned 20 this week while Lavanini is 21 and replacement Lucas Ponce is the oldest at just 24. The trio have all been selected ahead of Manuel Carizza and Patricio Albacete who now face a difficult task of ever playing for Argentina again. Juan Cruz Guillemaín has been left out as occurred in Genoa.

Youth is also to be present in the back-row with 21 year old Facundo Isa and 24 old Javier Ortega Desio both again starting in a trio with Leonardo Senatore. Neither Benjamín Macome nor Juan Manuel Leguizamón were able to recover meaning the pair missed all three European tour test matches as has Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe. Named as the replacement is the uncapped Tomás Lezana who is aged twenty. 

Tomás Cubelli will start again ahead of Martín Landajo at scrumhalf but will be joined by Nicolás Sánchez who returns to fly half with Juan Martín Hernández moving to inside centre. Hernández will join Marcelo Bosch who replaces Horacio Agulla who left the squad for paternal reasons as he is expecting the birth of his second child.

Santiago González Iglesias will cover fly half and inside centre while Lucas González Amorosino is to cover fullback and wing. The changes mean both try scorers from Genoa are not to start with Jerónimo De la Fuente out of the team altogether. González Amorosino maes way for the returning Juan Imhoff while Manuel Montero and Joaquín Tuculet have retained their places for all matches this tour.  

1
Marcos Ayerza
Leicester
England
2
Agustín Creevy
Worcester
England
3
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
Lyon
France
4
Guido Petti
SIC
URBA
5
Tomás Lavanini
Racing Métro
France
6
Facundo Isa
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
7
Javier Ortega Desio
Estudiantes
Entre Rios
8
Leonardo Senatore
Worcester
England
9
Tomás Cubelli
Belgrano
URBA
10
Nicolás Sánchez
Toulon
France
11
Manuel Montero
Pucurá
URBA
12
Juan Martín Hernández
Toulon
France
13
Marcelo Bosch
Saracens
England
14
Juan Imhoff
Racing Métro
France
15
Joaquín Tuculet
Cardiff Blues
Wales
16
Matías Cortese
Liceo Naval
Cuyo
17
Lucas Noguera Paz
Lince
Tucumán
18
Ramiro Herrera
Castres
France
19
Lucas Ponce
CUBA
URBA
20
Tomás Lezana
Lawn Tennis
Santiagueña
21
Martín Landajo
CASI
URBA
22
Santiago González Iglesias
Alumni
URBA
23
Lucas González Amorosino
Cardiff Blues
Wales

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