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Five changes for Pumas

Thu, 21 Nov 2013 14:34
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Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade made five changes to his team to face Italy in Rome on Saturday, the last game of their European tour.

There are also a couple of positional switches - one in the backline and one up front.

There are two changes among the forwards - Benjamín Macome takes over at No.8 from captain Juan Manuel Leguizamón, who moves to flank in place of Pablo Matera.

In the second row Mariano Galarza replaces veteran Patricio Albacete.

The backline has also been reshuffled - Lucas González Amorosino coming in on the right wing for Horacio Agulla, who moves to outside centre in place of Marcelo Bosch and Gabriel Ascárate playing at inside centre in place of Santiago Fernández.

It will be the 19th encounter between the Azzurri and the Pumas - with Italy having won just five of their previous 18 matches, with one ending in a draw and Argentina winning 12.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Lucas González Amorosino, 13 Horacio Agulla, 12 Gabriel Ascárate, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Benjamín Macome, 7 Julio Farías Cabello, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamón (captain), 5 Mariano Galarza, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Maximiliano Bustos, 2 Eusebio Guiñazú, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Iglesias Valdez, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Matías Díaz, 19 Tomás Lavanini, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Javier Rojas, 23 Santiago Cordero.

Date: Saturday, November 23
Venue: Stadio Olimpico, Rome
Kick-off: 15.00 (14.00 GMT; 11.00 Argentina time)
Referee: Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: George Clancy (Ireland), JP Doyle (England)
TMO: Gareth Simmonds (Wales)

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