Ledesma makes one change for France Test
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Scrumhalf Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomas Cubelli in the only change by Argentina coach Mario Ledesma from the Pumas team that lost to Ireland last week ahead of Saturday’s Test against France.
Bertranou started in Argentina’s final match of the Rugby Championship, a 45-34 defeat to Australia on October 6, but was replaced by Cubelli for last week’s 28-17 reverse in Dublin.
Cubrelli will be among the replacements in Lille where France will be looking to make amends for their 29-26 defeat to South African in Paris last week.
Replacement flyhalf Joaquin Diaz pays the price for Ledesma’s decision to go with six forwards and only two backs on the bench by being left out of the squad.
He is replaced on the bench by lock forward Mariano Galarza, who last played for Argentina at the 2015 World Cup.
Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Guido Petti, 7 Javier Desio, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta.
Remplacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Mariano Galarza, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Tomas Lezana, 22 Tomas Cubelli, 23 Matias Moroni.
Date: Saturday, November 17
Venue: Stade Pierre-Mauroy, Lille
Kick-off: 21.00 (17.00 ART, 20.00 GMT)
Referee: Glen Jackson (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Matthew Carley (England), Ian Davies (Wales)
TMO: David Grashoff (England)