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Nicolas Sanchez returns to Los Pumas starting XV against All Blacks

By Alex McLeod
(Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)

Argentina’s star playmaker Nicolas Sanchez has been promoted to the starting Los Pumas side to take on the All Blacks on the Gold Coast this weekend.

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Sanchez started from the bench in Argentina’s 29-10 defeat at the hands of the Springboks in Gqeberha last month, but has been reinstated at No 10 in place of Domingo Miotti as Los Pumas prepare for their third Rugby Championship clash.

The selection of the 32-year-old, who will become Argentina’s most-capped player when he runs out for his 90th test at Cbus Super Stadium on Sunday, is one of seven changes made to the Los Pumas starting side by head coach Mario Ledesma.

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Four of those, including the swap of Sanchez and Miotti, come in the backline, with Ledesma opting for a fresh pair of wings and a new centre.

Bordeaux duo Santiago Cordero and Bautista Delguy will start on the two wings as they takes the No 11 and No 14 jerseys off of Santiago Carreras and Tokyo Olympics bronze medalist Ignacio Mendy, both of whom have dropped out of the match day squad.

Toulouse midfielder Santiago Chocobares, meanwhile, has been demoted to the bench, allowing seasoned campaigner Matias Moroni to start at No 13.

In the forward pack, a fresh prop pairing sees the inexperienced Facundo Gigena and Western Force tighthead Santiago Medrano replace Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro and Francisco Gomez Kodela, both of whom have returned to their clubs in Europe.

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A reshuffle at in the second and back rows sees Guido Petti move from openside flanker to lock, which enables Stade Francais flanker Marcos Kremer to accompany Pablo Matera and Rodrigo Bruni in the loose forwards.

Petti’s positional shift forces assertive Leicester Tigers lock Tomas Lavinini to the bench, where he joins Miotti as one of six newbies in the reserves.

Those new players include propping duo Carloe Muzzio – who is in line for his test debut – and Enrique Pieretto,  halfback Felipe Ezcurra and Racing 92 fullback Emiliano Boffelli.

Experienced hooker Julian Montoya will captain the side from the No 2 jersey.

Los Pumas team to play the All Blacks

1. Facundo Gigena
2. Julian Montoya (c)
3. Santiago Medrano
4. Guido Petti
5. Matias Alemanno
6. Pablo Matera
7. Marcos Kremer
8. Rodrigo Bruni
9. Gonzalo Bertranou
10. Nicolas Sanchez
11. Santiago Cordero
12. Jeronimo de la Fuente
13. Matias Moroni
14. Bautista Delguy
15. Juan Cruz Mallia

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Reserves:

16. Facundo Bosch
17. Carloe Muzzio*
18. Enrique Pieretto
19. Tomas Lavanini
20. Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso
21. Gonzalo Garcia
22. Santiago Chocobares
23. Emiliano Boffelli

* – denotes new cap

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Morne 8 hours ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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