Pumas Looking For Return to Winners Circle against France

16 Nov 2018
Pumas Looking For Return to Winners Circle against France

Pumas coach Mario Ledesma has made just one change to the team from last week against Ireland to play France at Stade Pierre Mauroy in Lille.

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.

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 Agustín Creevy
1 Santiago Garcia Botta

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

France coach Jacques Brunel has made two changes, both in the backline, to his starting XV to face Argentina at Stade Pierre Mauroy on Saturday.

Damian Penaud, who hurt his ankle in the first half of the clash with the Springboks last weekend, has been ruled out and his place has been taken by Yoann Huget on the left wing. Meanwhile, Gael Fickou comes in for Geoffrey Doumayrou at 12.

Montpellier’s Benjamin Fall has been promoted to the reserves to provide backline cover. Talismanic hooker Guilhem Guirado, who scored a fine individual effort last weekend, will captain the side.

15 Maxime Medard
14 Teddy Thomas
13 Mathieu Bastareaud
12 Gael Fickou
11 Yoann Huget
10 Camille Lopez
9 Baptiste Serin
8 Louis Picamoles
7 Artur Iturria
6 Wenceslas Lauret
5 Yoan Maestri
4 Sebastien Vahaamahina
3 Cedate Gomes Sa
2 Guilhem Guirado (c)
1 Jefferson Poirot

16 Camille Chat
17 Dany Priso
18 Rabah Slimani
19 Paul Gabrillagues
20 Mathieu Babillot
21 Antoine Dupont
22 Anthony Belleau
23 Benjamin Fall