Six changes for Pumas

Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:00

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan made six changes to his team to play France in Cordoba on Saturday, from the side that beat Italy 37-12 last weekend.

Rodrigo Roncero has been left out and replaced by fellow Stade Francais prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Biarritz Hooker Eusebio Guinazu moves into the position of prop, with the No.2 jersey going to La Plata's Bruno Postiglioni.

In the second row, Esteban Lozada replaces Genaro Fessia while Tomas de la Vega moves into third row spot of Leonardo Senatore.

Manuel Montero will start on the left wing in place of Agustin Gozio and Roman Miralles replaces Sale fullback Joaquin Tuculet, who moves into the centre beside captain Felipe Contepomi.

Argentina have not lost on home soil against France since 1998, with France winning their last clash in Montpellier (15-9) in November 2010.

France's team will be announced on Thursday.

Argentina: 15 Roman Miralles, 14 Belisario Agulla, 13 Joaquin Tuculet, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Ignacio Mieres, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Tomas De la Vega, 7 Tomas Leonardi, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Esteban Lozada, 4 Benjamin Macome, 3 Francisco Tetaz Chaparro, 2 Bruno Postiglioni, 1 Eusebio Guinazu.
Replacements: 16 Andres Bordoy, 17 Pablo Henn, 18 Rodrigo Bruno, 19 Rodrigo Baez, 20 Tomas Cubelli, 21 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 22 Facundo Barrea.

Date: Saturday, June 16
Venue: Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba
Kick-off: 18.10 (21.10 GMT)
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Christie du Preez (South Africa)
TMO: Shaun Veldsman (South Africa)