Montero returns for Argentina

Date published: June 9 2016

Argentina head coach Daniel Hourcade has named a strong starting line-up for Saturday’s Test against Italy in Santa Fé.

Hourcade has made 10 changes to his run-on side that did duty in los Pumas‘ defeat to South Africa in the third-place play-off at last year’s Rugby World Cup in England.

Amongst the backs, Manuel Montero returns to the Test arena on the left wing after missing Argentina’s World Cup campaign due to a knee injury.

He is joined in the back three by Jaguares team-mates Santiago Cordero and Joaquin Tuculet, who start on the right wing and at full-back respectively.

Elswhere in the back-line, Juan Martin Hernandez starts at inside centre while Martin Landajo is preferred to Tomás Cubelli at scrum-half.

In the forwards, Agustín Creevy continues as first-choice hooker and captain while number eight Facundo Isa and flankers Thomas Lezana and Pablo Matera form a new back row.

Guido Petti also comes into the side at lock while Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz and Santiago García Botta are the starting props.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Thomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Ramiro Moyano

Date: Saturday, June 11
Venue: Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Santa Fé
Kick-off: 15:45 local (19:45 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce (England), Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)