The Argentinian team to face South Africa at Newlands on Saturday has been announced, with an experienced team chosen to take on the Boks. The team will be led by eighthman Juan Martin Hernandez Lobbe, while Juan Martin Hernandez takes up the flyhalf role for the first time in three years.
Sport24.com reports that Lobbe takes over the captaincy from Felipe Contepomi, who has made himself unavailable for this tournament. The team is made up of players plying their trade in Europe, with only one player, Julio Farias Cabello, playing in Argentina.
Hooker Eusebio Guinazu’ name should ring a bell to the Newlands faithful, as he is an ex-Boland player, which made him eligible for the Stormers, but never really got a crack at starting for the Cape franchise, leaving the 114kg fornt rower on the bench.
12 of the players named to run onto the park on Saturday took part in the Rugby World Cup last year.
Argentina: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla; 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 7 Alvaro Galindo, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero
Substitutes: 16 Bruno Postiglioni, 17 Marcos Ayerza, 18 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 19 Tomas Leonardi, 20 Leonardo Senatore, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Martin RodriguezTweet