Argentina have named an experienced starting XV for their Test against Italy in Santa Fé on Saturday.
The inclusion of left wing Manuel Montero is one of 10 changes to the Los Pumas side that lost to the Springboks in the third-place playoff at the World Cup last year. He completes an all-Jaguares back three with right wing Santiago Cordero and fullback Joaquin Tuculet.
Coach Daniel Hourcade selected Martín Landajo ahead of Tomás Cubelli at scrumhalf, with the latter, who plays for the Brumbies, warming the bench.
Captain and hooker Agustín Creevy will scrum down in the middle of props Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz and Santiago García Botta.
Argentina – 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martín Hernández, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolás Sánchez, 9 Martín Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Thomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta.
Subs: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Ramiro Moyano.
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