Monday, September 10, 2007

Los Pumas Ring The Changes

Pumas coach Marcelo LOFFREDA has decided to retain just nine players of the side that played against France on Friday. The reason is due to the fixtures, on which Argentina will play two matches in five days.
Agustin PICHOT will once again lead the team and resumes his half-back partnership with Juan Martin HERNANDEZ.

Felipe CONTEPOMI, who kicked 12 points against hosts France in a gripping World Cup curtain raiser, continues at inside centre but his twin Manuel drops out of the squad.

In one of two changes to the backs, Gonzalo TIESI is instead handed the number 13 shirt and Federico Martin ARAMBURU replaces Horacio AGULLA on the left wing.

Only hooker Mario LEDESMA remains from the front row that ran out in Paris with Marcos AYERZA and Santiago Gonzalez BONORINO the new props.

Rimas Alvarez KAIRELIS replaces Carlos Ignacio FERNANDEZ LOBBE at lock and Martin DURAND is given the nod at blindside, coming in for Lucas OSTIGLIA.

The pack selected for Georgia is identical to the one that finished at the Stade de France.
Team: I Corleto; L Borges, G Tiesi, F Contepomi, F Aramburu; J-M Hernandez, A Pichot; M Ayerza, M Ledesma, S Bonorino, R Alvarez Kairelis, P Albacete, M Durand, J-M Fernandez Lobbe, J-M Leguizamon.

Replacements: A Basualdo, O Hasan, E Lozada, M Schusterman, N Miranda, F Todeschini, F Miras.

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