Tuesday , August 16 2022

Five changes, the new captain of Argentina against Irish


Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has made five changes in his side to meet Ireland at Aviva Stadium on Saturday (Live on RTÉ2, 18.30).

The Pumas are performing for the first time since they finished their Rugby Championship campaign with 34-45 home defeat to Australia last month.

Bautista Delguy comes in on the right side of Matias Moroni while Tomas Cubelli begins scrumhalf instead of Gonzalo Bertanou.

In the package Guido Petti goes to No. 7 from lock with Matias Alemanno at 4 and Marcos Kremer drops out of the squad.

Veteran hooker Agustin Creevy is the only member in the front row to keep his place together with Santiago Garcia Botta and Santiago Medrano, but he has succeeded as captain of 25-year-old flank Pablo Matera.

The squad plays all for Buenos Aires-based club teams Jaguares, who reached the quarterfinals in Super Rugby this year.

Eight of XV started the 28-19 defeat to Ireland in November.

Argentina: 15-Emiliano Boffelli, 14-Bautista Delguy, 13-Matias Orlando, 12-Jeronimo de la Fuente, 12-Ramiro Moyano, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 9-Tomas Cubelli, 8-Javier Ortega Desio, 7-Guido Petti, 6- Pablo Matera (Captains), 5-Tomas Lavanini, 4-Matias Alemanno, 3-Santiago Medrano, 2-Agustin Creevy, 1-Santiago Garcia Botta

Replacements: 16-Julian Montoya, 17-Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18-Lucio Sordoni, 19-Rodrigo Bruni, 20-Tomas Lezana, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23-Matias Moroni.

Follow Ireland vs Argentina through our live blog on RTÉ.ie / sport and the News Now app, watch live on RTÉ2 and RTÉ Player or listen to live comments on RTÉ Radio 1 this Saturday (kick-off 6.30pm)

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