Albacete adds muscle to Pumas

Mon, 23 Sep 2013 20:02
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The return of veteran lock Patricio Albacete will add some much-needed muscle to the Argentinean team to face New Zealand.

Albacete's inclusion is one of six changes to the Pumas team to face the All Blacks in their Rugby Championship match in La Plata on Saturday.

The 32-year-old Albacete, who was injured in the opening stages of their Round One loss to South Africa in Soweto last month, is Argentina's most accomplished second row forward.

Hooker Eusebio Guinazu is the other change in the forwards from the Pumas side who lost 13-14 to Australia, replacing Agustin Creevy, who drops to the bench.

Coach Santiago Phelan has made four changes in the backs.

Scrumhalf Martin Landajo replaces Tomas Cubelli.

Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino comes in for Horacio Agulla on the right wing.

Centres Santiago Fernandez and Marcelo Bosch replace Felipe Contepomi and Gonzalo Tiesi, who is out of the 22 altogether.

This will be the 18th clash between Argentina and New Zealand

The All Blacks have won 16 times, with just one draw.

Argentina: 15 Juan Martín Hernández, 14 Lucas González Amorosino, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernández, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (captain), 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Julio Farías Cabello, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Benjamín Macome, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Felipe Contepomi, 23 Horacio Agulla.

Date: Saturday, September 28
Venue: Estadio Ciudad de la Plata, La Plata
Kick-off: 19.40 (22.40 GMT; 11.40 Sunday, September 29 NZ time)
Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant referees: Wayne Barnes (England), Leighton Hodges (Wales)
TMO: Deon van Blommestein (South Africa)