Pablo Matera and Santiago Medrano have been named in Argentina’s squad for the three-Test tour of Europe after missing their last game as punishment for breaching lockdown orders.
Flanker Matera was one of six squad members to be stood down for the match against the Wallabies on 2 October after they were stranded in New South Wales for having crossed the state border with Queensland for an unauthorised trip to a health retreat.
Last year, Matera was also briefly suspended after racist tweets he sent in 2011 and 2013 resurfaced, prompting him to say he was “deeply ashamed”.
Prop Santiago Medrano is also included but the remaining members of the suspended group – winger Sebastian Cancelliere, scrumhalf Felipe Ezcurra, centre Santiago Socino and flyhalf Joaquin Diaz Bonilla – were omitted.
Toulouse centre Santiago Chocobares and Perpignan loose forward Joaquin Oviedo are absent through injuries for Tests against France (6 November), Italy (13 November) and Ireland (21 November).
“The three rivals are very tough – France are an attacking team, physical. Italy are also a very fierce team, just like Ireland,” Pumas captain Julian Montoa said.
“I think we have to go game by game, so it is a very demanding window for us, which is great.”
Backs – Juan Cruz Mallia; Emiliano Boffelli, Mateo Carreras, Facundo Cordero, Bautista Delguy; Lucio Cinti, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Lucas Mensa, Matias Moroni; Santiago Carreras, Nicolas Sanchez; Gonzalo Bertranou, Tomas Cubelli, Gonzalo Garcia.
Forwards – Rodrigo Bruni, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Santiago Grondona, Facundo Isa, Pablo Matera; Matias Alemanno, Marcos Kremer, Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti; Eduardo Bello, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Santiago Medrano, Facundo Bosch, Julian Montoya (c), Ignacio Ruiz, Thomas Gallo, Facundo Gigena, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
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