This Saturday, The Pumas will play, before All Blacks 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. In view of the meeting, Mario Ledesma confirmed the XV that will go to the field, without modifications with respect to what he showed in training during the week.
It should be noted that the Argentine team will come to the confrontation against the Men in Black after having won the two friendly matches that he played against Rugby Australia Selection. The first was for a tight 19-15, while the second, already with the ‘Europeans’ at their disposal, was thrashed by 57-24. Throughout both encounters, the Head Coach began to diagram, based on what he saw, the team for his long-awaited debut.
So who are the starting players to face New Zealand next weekend? On the front line, they will be Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julián Montoya and Francisco Gómez Kodela; in the second, Guido Petti and Matías Alemanno, while in the third the captain Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Rodrigo Bruni.
Mario Ledesma confirmed the squad that will face the first match for the Three Nations with the debut of Santiago Chocobares.
On the backs side, the middle pair will be made up of Tomás Cubelli and Nicolás Sánchez. In the center of the court, a mix between youth and experience with Santiago Chocobares and Matías Orlando. As for the three in the background, they are the same ones who started the last friendly: Juan Imhoff, Bautista Delguy and Santiago Carreras.
The experienced pillar of Lyon returns to Los Pumas after a long time. His last game had been in 2013 against Georgia.
On the other hand, it is important to note that both Jerónimo de la Fuente as Emiliano Boffelli were discarded due to the respective inconveniences they carry, and that Facundo Isa is in the final stretch of recovering from the tear he suffered playing for Toulon.
After 13 months and 5 days, the national team will once again play an official match after the clash with the United States, for the last date of the initial round of the World Cup in Japan. Among the novelties of the national team, will be the debut for Santiago Chocobares, the 21-year-old trained in Pampas de Rufino, who will become the Puma 866. And if you enter, it will also be the first time for Santiago Grondona and Lucio Cinti, from Champagnat and La Plata RC, respectively.
Position by position, the analysis of the construction of the Argentine team to face the All Blacks.
The Pumas: 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2. Julián Montoya, 3. Francisco Gómez Kodela; 4. Guido Petti, 5. Matías Alemanno; 6. Pablo Matera (captain), 7. Marcos Kremer, 8. Rodrigo Bruni; 9. Tomás Cubelli, 10. Nicolás Sánchez; 11. Juan Imhoff, 12. Santiago Chocobares, 13, Matías Orlando, 14. Bautista Delguy; 15. Santiago Carreras.
Substitutes: 16. Facundo Bosch, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Santiago Grondona, 20. Tomás Lezana, 21. Gonzalo Bertranou, 22. Lucio Cinti, 23. Santiago Cordero.