Hernández at centre for Argentina

14th Aug 2014, 15:13

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Versatile: Juan Martín Hernández

Versatile: Juan Martín Hernández

Juan Martín Hernández has been named at inside centre for Argentina for their clash with South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday.

Juan Martín Hernández has been named at inside centre for Argentina for their clash with South Africa in Pretoria on Saturday.

El Mago, who is currently without a club after leaving Racing Métro, will partner Saracens star Marcelo Bosch in midfield.

Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade has named a strong side to face the Springboks, with speedster Juan Imhoff of Racing Métro the only major absentee through injury.

Nicolás Sánchez gets the nod at fly-half while Joaquín Tuculet starts at full-back. Manuel Montero offers plenty of speed out on the left wing.

Argentina's back-row is arguably their strongest area however, with the experience of Juan Manuel Leguizamón and former captain Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe combining with promising star Pablo Matera.

Hooker Agustín Creevy will captain the side in the South African capital, with Argentina still searching for a first win in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina: 15 Joaquín Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Mariano Galarza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Marcos Ayerza
Replacements: 16 Matías Cortese, 17 Lucas Noguera Paz, 18 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 19 Matías Alemanno, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas González Amorosino

Date: Saturday, August 16
Venue: Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria
Kickoff: 16:05 (local, 14:05 GMT)
Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Steve Walsh (Australia), Marius Mitrea (Italy)
TMO: Simon McDowell (Ireland)