Ledesma springs a few surprises to face Ireland

Ledesma springs a few surprises to face Ireland

Argentina coach Mario Ledesma has sprung a few surprises by naming Guido Petti at openside flanker and Tomas Cublli at scrumhalf for Saturday’s Test against Ireland in Dublin.


Ledesma has made five changes to the side that lost to the Wallabies 45-34 in the final round of the Rugby Championship.

Regular starter Marcos Kremer drops out of the matchday 23 altogether and has been replaced by Matias Alemanno, as Petti shifts from lock to openside flanker.

Kremer has withdrawn from the squad for the remainder of the tour and has returned to Argentina for personal reasons.

Santiago Medrano takes the place of Ramiro Herrera at tighthead prop, while Santiago Garcia Botta comes in for Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro at loosehead prop.

Tomas Cubelli comes back in to the scrum-half position for Gonzalo Bertranou, while Matias Moroni is replaced by Bautista Delguy on the wing.

Rodrgo Bruni and Lucio Sordoni are set to debut off the bench.

Argentina squad to face Argentina: 

15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicholas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Guido Petti, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Matias Alemanno, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Santiago Garcia Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Lucio Sordoni, 19 Rodrgo Bruni, 20 Thomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertranou, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Moroni

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