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Argentina make 10 changes as frontliners return for Ireland clash

Daniel Hourcade had named a powerful, pace XV for Sunday’s World Cup quarter-final.

Murray Kinsella reports from Cardiff

ARGENTINA COACH DANIEL Hourcade has made 10 changes to his side, reverting to his first-choice XV after last weekend’s facile win over Namibia. 

Nicolas Sanchez Source: James Crombie/INPHO

With key centre Marcelo Bosch missing through suspension, the relatively inexperienced Matías Morini slots into the 13 shirt. Ramiro Herrera is named at tighthead prop in the absence of the injured Francisco Tetaz Chaparro.

The crucial scrum-half call has gone the way of Martín Landajo, who showed excellent form in Argentina’s two most recent games. Tomás Cubelli is named on the bench.

Otherwise, it’s along expected lines from Argentina, with Agustín Creevy leading the side from hooker and Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe part of a powerful back row. Nicolás Sánchez is at out-half, with the mercurial Juan Martín Hernández outside him at 12.

Wing pair Santiago Cordero and Juan Imhoff pose great danger to Ireland’s defence. 

Argentina (v Ireland):

15. Joaquín Tuculet
14. Santiago Cordero
13. Matias Moroni
12. Juan Martín Hernández
11. Juan Imhoff
10. Nicolás Sánchez
9. Martín Landajo

1. Marcos Ayerza
2. Agustín Creevy (captain)
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Guido Petti
5. Tomás Lavanini
6. Pablo Matera
7. Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
8. Leonardo Senatore

Replacements:

16. Julian Montoya
17. Lucas Noguera
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Matias Alemanno
20. Facundo Isa
21. Tomás Cubelli
22. Jeronimo De La Fuente
23. Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino

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