Leguizamon finally gets a start for Argentina
TEAM ANNOUNCEMENT: Juan Manuel Leguizamon will make his first start of the World Cup in an Argentina team that shows nine changes from the XV that started the defeat against England on Saturday.
It will be the 15th World appearance for the 36-year-old loose forward in his fourth tournament, while veteran flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez returns at No.10 having been left out of the match-ay 23 against England.
With Argentina unable to qualify for the quarterfinals, overall the team has an inexperienced feel.
“There are 16 boys that made their World Cup debut this year and they are going to get a lot of learning from this experience,” said coach Mario Ledesma.
Among those included are 22-year-old wing Bautista Delguy, prop Santiago Medrano and fullback Juan Cruz Mallia, both 23.
Matais Alemanno comes into the second row with Tomas Lavanini awaiting the the outcome of a judicial hearing after his red card against England.
Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Juan Cruz Mallia, 12 Jeronimo de La Fuente, 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Felipe Ezcurra, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Enrique Pieretto Heiland, 19 Marcos Kremer, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Martin Bertranou, 22 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Matías Moroni.
Date: Wednesday, October 9
Venue: Kumagaya Rugby Stadium, Kumagaya City
Kick-off: 13.45 (00.45 USA Eastern time; 01.45 Argentina time; 04.45 GMT)
Referee: Paul Williams (New Zealand)
Assistant referees: Jaco Peyper (South Africa), Brendon Pickerill (New Zealand)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)