Hourcade retains Argentina squad for 2ndBok test

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has retained the squad that beat South Africa
for this week’s return match against the Springboks in Buenos Aires on Saturday.

This week’s Test match will serve as a Rugby World Cup warm up match as it
is not part of the Rugby Championship.

Hourcade made 11 changes for last week but after his revised team secured a
historic victory he has retained the squad and added six further players.

One forced change is centre Jeronimo De la Fuente who’s rib injury has ruled
him out of this week’s match which gives the Pumas a chance to prove their victory
in Durban was not luck.

It was the first Argentine victory in 20 Tests against South Africa and their
first away win in the southern hemisphere championship after 10 losses since
debuting three seasons ago.

Argentina took 26 players to South Africa last week and coach Daniel Hourcade
has expanded the squad to 31 for the rematch with the Springboks at the 50,000-capacity
Estadio Jose Amalfitani.

The six additions are full-back Santiago Cordero, centre Matias Moroni, fly-half
Nicolas Sanchez and loose forwards Javier Ortega Desio, Juan Martin Fernandez
Lobbe and Facundo Isa.

“While we are thrilled at our famous victory in Durban, the focus has
already switched to the rematch,” flanker Pablo Matera said Monday before
flying from Johannesburg to Buenos Aires.

“It is going to be extremely tough in Buenos Aires because the Springboks
are hurting and they will throw everything at us.”

Asked what was the secret behind the sensational success in Durban, Matera
responded: “Self belief. We were convinced that we would win.”

Defeat caused two-time world champions South Africa to drop three places on
the official international rankings to fifth while Argentina remained eighth.

The Buenos Aires Test will be the last for Argentina and South Africa before
the September 18 kick-off of the Rugby World Cup in England.

South Africa are in Pool B with Japan, Samoa, Scotland and the United States
and Argentina are in Pool C with title-holders New Zealand, Georgia, Namibia
and Tonga.


Forwards (18): Matias Allemanco, Marcos Ayerza, Nahuel Tetaz
Chaparro, Agustin Creevy (capt), Javier Ortega Desio, Matias Diaz, Facundo Isa,
Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Tomas Lezana, Juan Martin Fernandez
Lobbe, Benjamin Macome, Pablo Matera, Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Juan Pablo
Orlandi, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Leonardo Senatore

Backs (13): Horacio Agulla, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Marcelo
Bosch, Santiago Cordero, Tomas Cubelli, Juan Martin Hernandez, Santiago Gonzalez
Iglesias, Juan Imhoff, Martin Landajo, Matias Moroni, Nicolas Sanchez, Juan
Pablo Socino, Joaquin Tuculet

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