Mario Ledesma refreshes his 23 to face the All Blacks

Mario Ledesma refreshes his 23 to face the All Blacks

Los Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma has made a number of changes to his starting side for the big clash with the All Blacks in Newcastle on Saturday.

The Pumas will be looking to beat the All Blacks for a second time in the tournament and are on a three-match unbeaten run. They are full of confidence after the earlier 25-15 win in Sydney and a 15-15 draw last weekend against the Wallabies in Newcastle.

In the backrow Facundo Isa who came off the bench against the Wallabies last week starts at No.8 replacing Rodrigo Bruni. He has also rotated his props with Marcos Vivas and Santiago Medrano getting the call up. The other change in the forward pack sees new cap Lucas Paulos take the number five jersey from Matias Alemanno.

In another change Ledesma has shuffled his backline lineup. The midfield pairing of centres Santiago Chocobares and Matias Orlando, who played so well defensively against the Wallabies, gives way to Jeronimo de la Fuente and Juan Cruz Mallia. On the wing are Santiago Cordero and Ramiro Moyano, while at fullback the experienced Emiliano Boffelli replaces Santiagi Carreras.

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