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Monday 5 December 2016

All change for Pumas

Hourcade has decided to rest a raft of first-choice players for tomorrow's clash at Leicester City Stadium
Hourcade has decided to rest a raft of first-choice players for tomorrow's clash at Leicester City Stadium

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has overhauled his side for their fourth and final RWC Pool C clash against Namibia, making 11 changes to the team that took the Pumas to the brink of qualification with a win over Tonga.

Hourcade has decided to rest a raft of first-choice players for tomorrow's clash at Leicester City Stadium.

Only scrumhalf Martin Landajo, who will captain the side, lock Guido Petti, blindside flanker Pablo Matera and outside back Matias Moroni will back up from the 45-16 victory over Tonga.

Regular skipper Agustin Creevy will start on the bench, while flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez, arguably Argentina's most influential player, gets an evening off.

Juan Martin Hernandez, one of the standouts of the Pumas side that reached the 2007 semi-finals, has been handed a rare outing in the No 10 shirt.

The 33-year-old will marshal a backline featuring another veteran of the 2007 campaign, left winger Horacio Agulla.

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