Argentina make four changes for clash against New Zealand

Mario Ledesma has named the squad for the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand
Mario Ledesma has named the squad for the Rugby Championship clash against New Zealand
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Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has made four changes to the squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship game in Nelson on Saturday.

Martin Landajo makes his first start for the Pumas since June as Tomas Cubelli moves to the bench while Jeronimo de la Fuenta takes the place of Bautista Ezcurra.

With Juan Figallo moving to Saracens, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro switched to tighthead and Santiago Garcia Botta moves to number one slot.

The matchday23 also sees Juan Pablo Zeiss, Julian Montoya and Gaston Cortes named on the bench as Argentina look to build on from their impressive win over South Africa in the previous round that saw them bring an end to a 11-game losing streak.

"The victory against South Africa helped a lot in that sense because it gave us a lot of confidence to win and see that what we are doing is paying off," said wing Ramiro Moyano.

"We have to keep trusting in our game plan and, fundamentally, try not to make mistakes."

Argentina: Emiliano Boffelli, Bautista Delguy, Matias Moroni, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Ramiro Moyano, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Santiago Garcia Botta, Agustin Creevy (c), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Tomas Lezana, Marcos Kremer, Javier Ortega Desio.

Replacements: Julian Montoya, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Gaston Cortes, Matias Alemanno, Pablo Matera, Tomas Cubelli, Bautista Ezcurra, Juan Cruz Mallia.

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