Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has had to change his side, initially discarding fullback Lucas Amorosino as the main culprit in his team’s loss to South Africa last week. With the injury to Juan Martin Hernandez though the Pumas side has not been finalised.
So far Phelan has indicated just 2 changes change to his starting XV for the return match, following the Springboks’ 27-6 win over the Pumas in the opening round of the Rugby Championship at Newlands last week.
Rosario’s Martín Rodríguez comes in at No.15 for Amorosino, who had a shocker in Cape Town – including a knock-on that resulted in the Springboks’ opening try.
Phelan said he will only finalise his team and replacement bench on Thursday.
The 26-man squad that travelled to South Africa remain unchanged, which means the seven-man bench will be selected from Marcos Ayerza, Martin Bustos Moyano, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Juan Imhoff, Landajo Martin, Thomas Leonardi, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Bruno Postiglioni, Nicolás Sánchez, Leonardo Senatore and Tomas Vallejos.
South Africa top the Rugby Championship standings, on points difference from New Zealand after the opening round. Argentina and Australia are looking for their first victories of the new Southern Hemisphere competition.
Argentina Team: 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 AN Other, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Alvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements – from: Marcos Ayerza, Martin Bustos Moyano, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Tomas Leonardi, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Bruno Postiglioni, Nicolas Sanchez, Leonardo Senatore, Tomas Vallejos.
Date: Saturday 25 August
Venue: Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza
Kick-off: 16:10 Arg Time (19:10 GMT, 21:10 SA time)
Referee: Steve Walsh (Australia)
Assistant referees: Jérôme Garces (France), John Lacey (Ireland)
TMO: Argentinian appointment