Pumas name strong line-up for Bok clash

Agustin Creevy (Gallo Images)
Agustin Creevy (Gallo Images)

Buenos Aires - Fit-again hooker Agustin Creevy returns to the Argentina team for a Rugby Championship final round match against South Africa in Salta Saturday.

The star 34-year-old forward was ruled out of a 16-10 loss in Australia last month by a shoulder injury sustained in a first round defeat to New Zealand.

His recall is one of five changes to the Pumas team that performed poorly in Brisbane, with four of them among the forwards. 

There is a new lock partnership with Matias Alemanno and Marcos Kremer taking over from Guido Petti and Tomas Lavanini.

Javier Ortega Desio comes into the back row with Tomas Lezana dropping to the bench for a match that pits Championship leaders South Africa against bottom-of-the-table Argentina.

In the one backline alteration, Emiliano Boffelli has recovered from an injury and takes over from Joaquin Tuculet at full-back.

A surprise is the retention of loosehead prop Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, who battled at scrum time in Australia. 

The replacements include Castres back Benjamin Urdapilleta, who was not part of the matchday squads for the All Blacks and Wallabies Tests. 

South Africa lead the Championship with seven points, defending champions New Zealand have six, Australia four and Argentina two.

A bonus-point win in Salta will ensure the Springboks of first place in a tournament trimmed from two rounds to one because the Rugby World Cup kicks off in Japan on September 20.  

New Zealand have won six of the previous seven editions and Australia one. 

Teams

Argentina

15 Emiliano Boffelli; 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano; 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli; 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Javier Ortega Desio, 6 Pablo Matera (captain); 5 Marcos Kremer, 4 Matias Alemanno; 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Agustin Creevy, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Substitutes: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Gonzalo Bertanou, 22Benjamin Urdapilleta, 23 Joaquin Tuculet

South Africa

TBA

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