28 Sep 2013

Argentina make six changes

8:34 am on 28 September 2013

Argentina have made six changes for this weekend's Rugby Championship match against the All Blacks in La Plata.

In the backline they've dropped wing Horacio Agulla, centres Gonzalo Tiesi and Felipe Contepomi and halfback Tomas Cubelli.

Their places are taken by Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino on the wing, Marcelo Bosch and Santiago Fernandez in the centre, and Martin Landajo at half.

Among the forwards, fit-again lock Patricio Albacete replaces Manuel Carizza and there is also a change at hooker with Eusebio Guinazu returning in place of Agustin Creevy.

Coach Santiago Phelan says they've made the changes believing this is the best starting line-up to face the All Blacks.

Title-holders New Zealand top the table with 18 points from four matches, South Africa have 14, Australia four and Argentina two.

Argentina: Juan Martin Hernandez; Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Juan Imhoff; Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (capt); Julio Farias Cabello, Patricio Albacete; Juan Figallo, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza

Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Mariano Galarza, Benjamin Macome, Tomas Cubelli, Felipe Contepomi, Horacio Agulla