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Cheika includes debutants as Argentina legend approaches record

SAINT-ETIENNE, FRANCE - SEPTEMBER 22: Argentina form a huddle during the Rugby World Cup France 2023 match between Argentina and Samoa at Stade Geoffroy-Guichard on September 22, 2023 in Saint-Etienne, France. (Photo by Paul Harding/Getty Images)

Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has announced the 23-man squad for their Pool D clash against Chile at Stade de la Beaujoire in Nantes on Saturday, 30 September.

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The lineup is a mix of experience and debutants, with Rodrigo Isgro and Martín Bogado starting, while Ignacio Ruiz and Joaquín Oviedo are poised to make their Rugby World Cup debuts from the bench.

Cheika has made 11 changes to the starting XV compared to the previous match, with only Marcos Kremer, Guido Petti, Eduardo Bello, and Juan Martin González retaining their spots. Kremer and González will be the sole players to start in all three games of RWC 2023.

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The starting XV includes three of Argentina’s most capped players, Agustín Creevy, Nicolás Sánchez, and Tomás Cubelli.

Additionally, six players in the lineup are aged 30 or older, including Agustín Creevy, who is set to equal Mario Ledesma Arocena as Argentina’s most capped Rugby World Cup player in his 18th match. Creevy is the fourth oldest player to participate in a Rugby World Cup game.

Nicolás Sánchez will earn his 100th cap, becoming the second Argentine to reach this milestone. He is also Argentina’s all-time leading point-scorer (872) and needs 16 more points to become their all-time leading Rugby World Cup point-scorer.

ARGENTINA TEAM TO FACE CHILE IN NANTES

1 Joel Sclavi
2 Agustín Creevy
3 Eduardo Bello
4 Guido Petti Pagadizabal
5 Pedro Rubiolo
6 Juan Martin Gonzalez
7 Marcos Kremer
8 Facundo Isa
9 Tomas Cubelli
10 Nicolas Sanchez
11 Juan Imhoff
12 Jeronimo de la Fuente (c)
13 Lucio Cinti
14 Rodrigo Isgro
15 Martín Bogado

Replacements:
16 Ignacio Ruiz
17 Mayco Vivas
18 Francisco Gómez Kodela
19 Matias Alemanno
20 Joaquín Oviedo
21 Lautaro Bazan Velez
22 Santiago Carreras
23 Juan Cruz Mallia

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Jon 1 days ago
Why Sam Cane's path to retirement is perfect for him and the All Blacks

> It would be best described as an elegant solution to what was potentially going to be a significant problem for new All Blacks coach Scott Robertson. It is a problem the mad population of New Zealand will have to cope with more and more as All Blacks are able to continue their careers in NZ post RWCs. It will not be a problem for coaches, who are always going to start a campaign with the captain for the next WC in mind. > Cane, despite his warrior spirit, his undoubted commitment to every team he played for and unforgettable heroics against Ireland in last year’s World Cup quarter-final, was never unanimously admired or respected within New Zealand while he was in the role. Neither was McCaw, he was considered far too passive a captain and then out of form until his last world cup where everyone opinions changed, just like they would have if Cane had won the WC. > It was never easy to see where Cane, or even if, he would fit into Robertson’s squad given the new coach will want to be building a new-look team with 2027 in mind. > Cane will win his selections on merit and come the end of the year, he’ll sign off, he hopes, with 100 caps and maybe even, at last, universal public appreciation for what was a special career. No, he won’t. Those returning from Japan have already earned the right to retain their jersey, it’s in their contract. Cane would have been playing against England if he was ready, and found it very hard to keep his place. Perform, and they keep it however. Very easy to see where Cane could have fit, very hard to see how he could have accomplished it choosing this year as his sabbatical instead of 2025, and that’s how it played out (though I assume we now know what when NZR said they were allowing him to move his sabbatical forward and return to NZ next year, they had actually agreed to simply select him for the All Blacks from overseas, without any chance he was going to play in NZ again). With a mammoth season of 15 All Black games they might as well get some value out of his years contract, though even with him being of equal character to Richie, I don’t think they should guarantee him his 100 caps. That’s not what the All Blacks should be about. He absolutely has to play winning football.

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