Nicolas Sanchez starts as Argentina change seven

Date published: September 10 2021 - News Desk

Argentina have made seven changes to their starting line-up that will take on New Zealand in their Rugby Championship clash on the Gold Coast on Sunday.

After suffering back-to-back defeats to the Springboks in the competition thus far, it has been a difficult start for the Pumas as the All Blacks lie in wait.

Head coach Mario Ledesma has subsequently wielded the axe ahead of the Round Three match, with Nicolas Sanchez a notable returnee in the 10 jersey.

Sanchez is joined in the backline by wing duo Bautista Delguy and Santiago Cordero and outside centre Matias Moroni for the CBUS Super Stadium clash.

New prop pairing

There’s a new prop pairing alongside hooker and captain Julian Montoya this week as Facundo Gigena and Santiago Medrano get the nod in the front-row.

Elsewhere, Guido Petti moves forward from flanker to lock, alongside the retained Matias Alemanno, while Marcos Kremer is a new face in the back-row.

There are also fresh legs on the bench where Carlos Muzzio, Enrique Pieretto, Santiago Chocobares and Emiliano Boffelli join the uncapped Gonzalo Garcia.

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Facundo Gigena
Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Santiago Chocobares, 23 Emiliano Boffelli

Date: Sunday, September 12
Venue: CBUS Super Stadium, Gold Coast
Kick-off: 17:05 local (08:05 BST, 07:05 GMT)
Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)
Assistant Referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Graham Cooper (Australia)
TMO: Brett Cronan (Australia)