Argentina leave out Nicolas Sanchez for England game

Nicolas Sanchez has played 79 Tests
Nicolas Sanchez has played 79 Tests
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Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has left out fly-half Nicolas Sanchez out of the matchday squad for the upcoming World Cup game against England to be played in Tokyo this weekend.

Sanchez, who is playing his third consecutive World Cup for the Pumas has featured in 79 Tests and has been left out of the matchday squad for the first time since 2016 with Lucas Mensa preferred to provide cover to fly-half Benjamin Urdapilleta.

Ledesma has also made one change in the starting line-up from their 28-12 win over Tonga with Javier Ortega Desio drafted at number eight in the place of Tomas Lezana, who drops to the bench.

The spotlight will be on Agustin Creevy as he is set to become the most-capped Argentina player when he comes off the bench as he will surpass Felipe Contepomi's tally of 87 Tests.

Argentina are positioned third in Pool C with a win and a defeat apiece and will face the United States of America in the final game of the round following the encounter against England.

Argentina starting XV: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Matías Moroni, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Carreras, 10 Benjamin Urdapilleta, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Javier Ortega Desio, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera (c), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Replacements: 16 Agustín Creevy, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Santiago Medrano, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Tomas Lezana, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Lucas Mensa, 23 Bautista Delguy