Five changes for Pumas

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes to his starting XV for Saturday‘s Test against Ireland at Croke Park.

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made five changes to his starting XV for Saturday‘s Test against Ireland at Croke Park.

Horacio Agulla comes in at full-back with Bernardo Stortoni, who played in that position in the 22-14 win at Italy last weekend, dropping to the bench.

Francisco Leonelli comes in on the right wing in place of Federico Martin Aramburu who switches to centre alongside Miguel Avramovic.

The pair replace Gonzalo Tiesi and Felipe Contepomi.

Skipper Contepomi misses out after contracting an infection in a cut on his right hand.

Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe therefore takes over as captain and moves to the openside. Juan Manuel Leguizamon will take his place at number eight.

Phelan‘s final change sees Rimas Alvarez Kairelis come into the second row at the expense of Esteban Lozada.

Team: H Agulla (Brive); F Leonelli (Saracens), FM Aramburu (Dax), M Avramovic (Montauban), R Carballo (Castres), JM Hernandez (Stade Francais), N Vergallo (Dax); R Roncero (Stade Francais), M Ledesma (Clermont Auvergne), JP Orlandi (Rovigo), R Alvarez (Perpignan), P Albacete (Stade Toulouse), M Durand (Champagnat), JM Fernandez Lobbe (Sale Sharks – capt), JM Leguizamon (Stade Francais).

Replacements: AV Basualdo (Stade Toulouse), M Ayerza (Leicester), E Lozada (Toulon), A Galindo (Racing Metro), A Figuerola (CASI), S Fernandez (Hindu), B Stortoni (Glasgow).

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