The return of captain Julian Montoya is one of nine changes for Argentina in this weekend’s Rugby Championship opener against Australia, from last month’s series-defining win over Scotland.
Starting at Santiago del Estero, the Pumas beat Scotland 34-31 in the 30th minute by 15 points.
Hooker Montoya, halfback Tomas Kubelli and winger Santiago Cordero will be on deck at Mendoza after missing the third Test due to injury.
The experienced Kuberi, who was left out of the Scottish Series after tearing a muscle in his leg in the warm-up of the first Test, saw Santiago Carreras in the half after first choice 5/8 Nicolas Sanchez re-injured his leg in training. will be paired with
Pumas manager Michael Cheika said: “It’s very disappointing.
“He needs long-term work and more recovery time to be in perfect shape.
“Nico is a very important player for this team and as his coach I have to take responsibility for his repeated injuries.
“We understand the situation and we will prepare him very well so that he is in top form when he comes back.”
Jeronimo de la Fuente will resume center pairing with Matthias Orlando in midfield, as he did in the first two games against Scotland.
The reserves include tighthead Joel Sclavy and scrum-half Lautaro Bazan-Velez, who made their debut in the series, and uncapped fly-half Thomas Albornoz, who did not come off the bench at Santiago del Estero.
Pumas: Juan Cruz Maria, Santiago Cordero, Matias Orlando, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Emiliano Bofferi, Santiago Carreras, Tomas Kubelli. Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Thomas Lavagnini, Matias Alemanno, Francisco Gómez Codera, Julian Montoya (c), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Respondents: Agustin Creevey, Thomas Gallo, Joel Sclavy, Santiago Grondona, Rodrigo Bruni, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Thomas Albornoz, Matthias Moroni.
Montoya returns to lead Pumas against Aust
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