Argentina to unleash big guns against England
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Argentina have named a strong side to play England on Sunday as they go in search of a first win at Twickenham since 2006.
The Pumas, led by impressive hooker Julian Montoya, will be aiming to lay down a marker against Eddie Jones’s team, who are pool opponents at next year’s World Cup in France.
Montoya will be joined in a strong front row led by Thomas Gallo and Francisco Gomez Kodela as they seek to end a run of three straight defeats at the end of the Southern Hemisphere Rugby Championship.
Argentina’s back row features powerhouse No.8 Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Juan Martin Gonzalez.
Argentina’s Australian coach Michael Cheika, a teammate of Jones at Sydney club Randwick, has selected Gonzalo Bertranou at scrumhalf and Santiago Carreras at flyhalf in an experienced backline.
Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Mateo Carreras, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gomez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Thomas Gallo.
Replacements: 16 Ignacio Ruiz, 17 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Lucas Paulos, 20 Facunda Isa, 21 Eliseo Morales, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Orlando.
Date: Sunday, November 6
Venue: Twickenham Stadium, London
Kick-off: 14.15 (14.15 GMT; 11.15 ART)
Referee: Andrew Brace (Ireland)
Assistant referees: Frank Murphy (Ireland), Pierre Brousset (France)
TMO: Marius Jonker (South Africa)