Herrera on debut for Pumas
Fri, 06 Jun 2014 10:04
Castres Olympique prop Ramiro Herrera is the only newcomer in a largely domestic-based Argentina team named to face Ireland in Resistencia on Saturday.
Herrera will make the step up to the international stage just a week after playing in Castres' Top 14 championship Final defeat to Toulon.
The 25-year-old Herrera is one of three overseas players in the team selected by head coach Daniel Hourcade, who was appointed in October.
Nicolás Sánchez, who plays for Bordeaux-Bègles in France, will start at flyhalf alongside captain Martin Landajo, while lock Manuel Carizza from South African outfit the Stormers is the most experienced player in the squad with 40 caps.
The Argentina team also include four players who have won their first caps during the past year - prop Lucas Noguera Paz and centre Jerónimo de la Fuente made their Test bows last month, with wing Santiago Cordero a debutant last November and lock Tomas Lavanini's first game coming against South Africa last August.
Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 12 Gabriel Ascarate, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo (captain), 8 Benjamin Macome, 7 Tomás de la Vega, 6 Rodrigo Baez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Matías Cortese, 1 Lucas Noguera Paz.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Bruno Postiglioni, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino.
Date: Saturday, June 7
Venue: Eden Park, Auckland
Kick-off: 19.35 (07.35 GMT; 08.35 UK time)
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Jérôme Garcès (France)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)
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