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Lobbe returns for Argentina

03rd September 2013 07:09

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Argentina are boosted by the return of captain Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe for their meeting with New Zealand in one of four changes to their line-up.

Lobbe, who missed the opening games of the Rugby Championship due to injury, returns at blindside and joins Pablo Matera and Juan Manuel Leguizamon in the back-row trio.

Manuel Carizza replaces Mariano Galarza at lock for the testing showdown at Waikato Stadium.

Head coach Santiago Phelan has opted to move veteran centre Felipe Contepomi to the bench as Santiago Fernandez starts alongside Marcelo Bosch while Juan Martin Hernandez replaces Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino at number fifteen.

Argentina are currently sitting third in the Rugby Championship table with a losing bonus point from two defeats and Betfair has them as big outsiders for this week's game in Hamilton.

Argentina: 15 Juan Martin Hernandez, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 7 Pablo Matera, 6 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (capt), 5 Julio Farias Cabello, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Nahuel Lobo, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Benjamin Macome, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Felipe Contepomi, 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Romain Poite (France), James Leckie (Australia)
Television match official: Matt Goddard (Australia)
Assessor: Lyndon Bray

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