Contepomi leads strong Pumas side for Ireland clash

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made three changes to his starting line-up, from the side that lost 15-9 in Paris last weekend, to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. (kick-off 2.30pm)

Argentina coach Santiago Phelan has made three changes to his starting line-up, from the side that lost 15-9 in Paris last weekend, to face Ireland at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday. (kick-off 2.30pm)

Horacio Agulla, who signed for Leicester Tigers in the summer, is named on the wing ahead of Gonzalo Camacho while Marcelo Bosch comes in for Santiago Fernandez at centre.

Toulon and former Leinster player Felipe Contepomi will captain the side from fly-half.

Julio Farias Cabello replaces Miguel De Archaval at openside flanker in a backrow that contains former Sale Sharks and current Toulon number eight Juan Fernandez Lobbe.

The front five is packed with international experience in the shape of Toulouse lock Patricio Albacete, Clermont front rowers Martin Scelzo and Mario Ledesma as well as Stade Francais loose head Rodrigo Roncero.

Ireland coach Declan Kidney is due to name his side on Friday afternoon.

Argentina (v Ireland): 15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Marcelo Bosch, 11 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 10 Felipe Contepomi (capt), 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Julio Farias Cabello, 6 Genaro Fessia, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Martin Scelzo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Figallo, 19 Santiago Guzman, 20 Alvaro Galindo, 21 Alfredo Lalanne, 22 Lucas Borges.

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