Contepomi to skipper Pumas

Date published: August 13 2013

Felipe Contepomi will captain Argentina against South Africa on Saturday in the absence of Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Felipe Contepomi will captain Argentina against South Africa on Saturday in the absence of Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe.

Live-wire Fernandez Lobbe was ruled out of the encounter due to a calf injury, with his place on the side of the scrum taken by Pablo Matera.

Marcos Ayerza is another to succumb to injury, with the prop sidelined by cartilage damage. Matias Diaz comes into the starting XV as a result.

Contepomi missed out on last year's Rugby Championship and as a result will be notching up his first appearance in the competition. Matera and Diaz will also be making their tournament debuts.

Argentina: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11 Juan Imhoff, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Leonardo Senatore, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Matias Diaz, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Juan Figallo.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Julio Farias Cabello, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Santiago Fernandez, 23 Horacio Agulla.

Date: Saturday, August 17
Kick-off: 17:00
Venue: Soccer City, Soweto

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