Argentina change ten to face Ireland

Date published: October 16 2015

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Argentina have reverted to their strongest side for their RWC 2015 quarter-final against Ireland after several changes from the team that beat Namibia 64-19 in their final pool match.

Argentina’s starting XV at the Millennium Stadium will contain 496 caps worth of experience, their second-most experienced of this tournament after the 54-9 win over Georgia in their second Pool C match. 

Head coach Daniel Hourcade makes 10 changes from the team that beat Namibia.

The whole front row is changed, with the replacements from the Namibia game starting against Ireland and the Namibia game starters dropping to the bench.

Tomás Lavinini comes in for Matías Alemanno in the second row, with the latter dropping to the bench.

There are also two changes in the back row, with Javier Ortega Desio out of the matchday 23 and Facundo Isa dropping to the bench, as Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe and Leonardo Senatore return.

In the backs, Juan Martín Hernández reverts to inside centre to allow for the return of Nicolás Sánchez. Scrum-half Martín Landajo and Matías Moroni retain their places, though Moroni moves to outside centre. Lucas González Amorosino drops to the bench.

Landajo will win his 50th cap and is the most used Pumas player under Hourcade.

Hernández, Fernández Lobbe and Marcos Ayerza all played in the 2007 bronze final. Fernández Lobbe will play in his 15th RWC match, putting him fourth in the all-time Argentina list for RWC appearances. Agustín Creevy will make his 10th RWC appearance.

Juan Imhoff, currently the leading RWC try-scoring Puma with five, can extend his record. Hernández needs one more drop goal to move into third in the all-time RWC list.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 Julián Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Facundo Isa, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jerónimo De La Fuente, 23 Lucas González Amorosino

Date: Sunday, October 18
Venue: Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
Kick-off: 13:00 local (12:00 GMT)
Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Chris Pollock (New Zealand)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)

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