Hernandez and Contepomi named in Pumas side

Argentina's star fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez has shaken off injury concerns to be named in an unchanged Pumas side for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

Argentina's star fly-half Juan Martin Hernandez has shaken off injury concerns to be named in an unchanged Pumas side for Sunday's World Cup semi-final against South Africa.

Hernandez sat out contact training on Thursday with a leg injury, along with captain Agustin Pichot (back) and inside centre Felipe Contepomi (flu), but the key trio have been named in the Pumas team.

Argentina will tackle the Springboks with the same starting XV that earned victories over Ireland and then Scotland in last weekend's quarter-final.

The only change coach Marcelo Loffreda has made to the squad is on the bench, where London Irish centre Gonzalo Tiesi replaces Hernan Senillosa.

The Pumas are in their first ever World Cup semi-final and have never before beaten South Africa but are determined to create their own slice of history this week.

Centre Manuel Contepomi said this week: "There's always a first time for all things.

"This is a semi-final, a new game, we trust in our weapons and that we can play a great match."

Team: I Corleto; L Borges, M Contepomi, F Contepomi, H Agulla; JM Hernandez, A Pichot (capt); R Roncero, M Ledesma, M Scelzo, I Fernandez Lobbe, P Albacete, L Ostiglia, JM Fernandez Lobbe, G Longo Elia.

Replacements: A Vernet Basualdo, O Hasan, R Alvarez Kairelis, JM Leguizamon, N Fernandez Miranda, F Todeschini, G Tiesi.

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