27 Sep 2014

Three changes to Pumas

3:04 pm on 27 September 2014

Argentina have made three changes to the team beaten by Australia for their Rugby Championship Test against the All Blacks in La Plata on Sunday.

Tomas Cubelli is in at halfback for Martin Landajo, who drops to the bench for the fifth-round fixture at Estadio Ciudad de La Plata.

Thomas Lavanini returns at lock with Los Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade demoting Matias Alemanno to the replacements.

Argentina rugby coach Daniel Hourcade

Argentina rugby coach Daniel Hourcade Photo: PHOTOSPORT

The final change to the run-on side has Benjamin Macome, a substitute in the 32-25 defeat by the Wallabies, elevated in place of injured Juan Manuel Leguizamon.

In a replacements' reshuffle only hooker Matias Cortese, prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and loose forward Rodrigo Baez remain of the eight selected for the Gold Coast Test.

In come prop Lucas Noguera Paz, centre Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias and wing Horacio Agulla while Landajo and Alemanno complete the bench.

Julian Savea scores a try in New Zealand's test match against Argentina in Napier on Saturday.

Julian Savea scores a try in New Zealand's test match against Argentina in Napier on Saturday. Photo: PHOTOSPORT / Andrew Cornaga

New Zealand scored four tries for a bonus-point 28-9 victory over Argentina in Napier this month and will seek a sixth consecutive Rugby Championship victory over the South Americans.

Another bonus-point All Blacks victory in La Plata will seal a third consecutive southern hemisphere title for the reigning world champions.

Team (15-1)

Joaqun Tuculet; Juan Imhoff, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martn Hernandez, Manuel Montero; Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Leonardo Senatore, Juan Martn Fernandez Lobbe, Benjamn Macome; Tomas Lavanini, Mariano Galarza; Ramiro Herrera, Agustn Creevy (capt), Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Matas Cortese, Lucas Noguera Paz, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Matas Alemanno, Rodrigo Baez, Martn Landajo, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Horacio Agulla

Coach: Daniel Hourcade