The Head Coach of Los Pumas, Mario Ledesma, defined the 23 players who will take the field to face New Zealand, his first match of the 2020 Three Nations at the Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, a game that you can see live from 2.30 on ESPN 2 and ESPN Play.
With a single change compared to the last friendly against Australia XV, the National Team will form with: 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julián Montoya, 3. Francisco Gómez Kodela, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Matías Alemanno, 6. Pablo Matera ©, 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Rodrigo Bruni; 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Nicolás Sánchez, 11. Juan Imhoff, 12. Santiago Chocobares, 13. Matías Orlando, 14. Bautista Delguy and 15. Santiago Carreras. On the other hand, among the reserves there will be 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Santiago Grondona, 20. Tomás Lezana, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Lucio Cinti and 23. Santiago Cordero.
Mario Ledesma confirmed the squad that will face the first match for the Three Nations with the debut of Santiago Chocobares.
After 13 months and 5 days, the national team will play an official match again after the clash with the United States, for the last date of the initial round of the World Cup in Japan. Among the news of the national team, It will be the debut for Santiago Chocobares, the 21-year-old trained in Pampas de Rufino, who will become Puma # 866. And in case of entering, It will also be the first time for Santiago Grondona and Lucio Cinti, from Champagnat and La Plata RC, respectively.
Several will be the players who will wear the Argentine jersey for the first time in a match against the All Blacks.
For his part, after his coup in the friendly last Saturday and due to compliance with the HIA protocol, Santiago Socino will rejoin training next to the squad starting next week.
East It will be the first clash between New Zealand and Argentina, in Wallabies lands. The only time he had crossed them on neutral ground was at the 2015 World Cup and with a 26-16 victory, in favor of the men in black.
The person in charge of delivering justice will be Australian Angus Gardner and assistant referees will be Nick Berry (Australia) and Paul Williams (New Zealand).
No player got more lineouts than Guido petti in the 2019 edition of the Personal Rugby Championship (13 won and 2 stolen).
Nicolas Sanchez he supported two tries and provided two assists in his last five games against New Zealand. In addition, he added 50 points in that period.
The last time they met was at the José Amalfitani stadium, on Saturday, July 20, 2019 and it was a 20-16 victory, for those led by Steve Hansen.
Statement from Mario Ledesma – Head Coach
“I am very happy to be able to prepare for a game against the All Blacks after such a long time. I think that the goal we were looking for this weekend was achieved. We are excited to see how we take that to the court in this game. We don’t have to leave spaces in the first line of defense and always sing about the change in the brand. “
“It seemed important to Frankie (Gómez Kodela) to bring him in because he had been playing a lot and transmits his experience. In training he is imposing a lot with his presence.”
The head coach of the Argentine national team communicated starters and substitutes to face the All Blacks next Saturday.
“It is no secret to anyone that we had problems in the center of the court. Matías Orlando will play his first game after a long time, Jerónimo de la Fuente had a muscular problem and Matías Moroni was injured in Uruguay.”
“It is a good opportunity to see how Santiago (Chocobares) reacts, we were surprised by how he came physically prepared after the stoppage and is very consistent in everything. He has good energy and predisposition in all training sessions.”
“Juan Imhoff is living it like the first time he was called. It is important to have his experience, it is contagious for young people to have a player of their hierarchy nearby and to observe the good habits he has. He is one of the players who played the most minutes this year”.
“New Zealand and Australia come with friction and intensity, we already saw it in Super Rugby and in the first matches of the tournament. Every opportunity we have we will have to score points. We would have preferred to play more games during preparation but that is what we had to do and we will not make excuses. “
“We have players who are very capable of playing recovered balls. This aspect of the game is a strength of this team and, in general, of Argentine rugby. The three players at the back of the court are specialists in aerial play.”
Source: UAR Press.