Pumas coach Daniel Hourcade has named a pair of fresh locks in search of extra grunt as Argentina prepare to face the Wallabies in Mendoza.
Australia’s record on the road had been fragile in recent times but they have won their last five matches against the Pumas including away victories in 2015 and 2016. The home side will be desperate for a win to ensure they do not finish the 2017 Rugby Championship without a win.
Marcos Kremer and Matias Alemanno will start in the second row in place of Guido Petti and Tomas Lavanini, with Javier Ortega Desio named at openside flanker in a backrow shuffle.
Juan Manuel has been left out of the 23, with Tomas Lezana shifting from openside flanker to No. 8 in to accommodate Ortega Desio's return to the starting XV.
Tomas Cubelli won't play after fracturing his C5 vertebrae against the All Blacks, Martin Landajo slotting into the starting halfback gig.
1. Lucas Noguera
2. Agustin Creevy (c)
3. Nahuel Tetaz
4. Marcos Kremer
5. Matias Alemanno
6. Pablo Matera
7. Javier Ortega Desio
8. Tomas Lezana
9. Martin Landajo
10. Nicolas Sanchez
11. Emiliano Boffelli
12. Jeronimo De La Fuente
13. Matias Orlando
14. Matias Moroni
15. Joaquin Tuculet
16. Julian Montoya
17. Santiago Garcia
18. Enrique Pieretto
19. Benjamin Macomme
20. Leonardo Senatore
21. Gonzalo Bertranou
22. Santiago Gonzales Iglesias
23. Santiago Cordero
- Australia has won 14 of its last 15 games against Argentina, including each of the last five clashes.
- Indeed, the Wallabies have come away with a win on four of their last five visits to Argentina to face the Pumas, including a 34-9 victory on their last such expedition.
- This will be the Pumas’ fifth Test at Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, though they’ve picked up just one win from their previous four fixtures at the venue (D1, L2).
- The Wallabies have now gone three games without loss (W1, D2), the last time they went longer undefeated was in 2015 with a run of seven straight victories that included the Rugby World Cup.
- Argentina will be looking for its first win of the tournament; the last time it finished a Rugby Championship campaign without a win was in 2013.
- Australia hasn’t won any of its last four games away from home (D1, L3), the last time it went longer without an away win was a five-game drought from 2008 to 2009 (L5).
- Argentina is the only team to have conceded an average of more than one card per game this tournament (5Y, 1R), while Australia is the only team yetto have a player sent from the field.
- Australia has scored 14 second-half tries so far this campaign, more than any other team in the competition, while Argentina has scored just four in the same period.
- Just two players have made 50+ tackles in this tournament, Michael Hooper (59/71) and Sean McMahon (56/59).
- Israel Folau has crossed the try line five times this campaign, more than any other player in the competition; no Australian has ever scored more than five in an edition of this competition (Folau scored 5 in 2013).