Argentina name six uncapped players in squad for Rugby Championship

Mario Ledesma has included six uncapped players
Mario Ledesma has included six uncapped players

Incoming Argentina head coach Mario Ledesma has named six uncapped players in the squad for the upcoming Rugby Championship tournament that kicks-off on 18th August.

Marco Ciccioli, Diego Fortuny, Lucas Favre and Mayco Vivas have all been named in the squad for the first time with lock Franco Molina and loose forward Santiago Grondona also in contention to make their first international appearance.

This will also be the first assignment for Ledesma, who took over from Daniel Hourcade with the latter resigning after a series of poor results that saw the Pumas lose 22 and win just six in the last 28 games.

Argentina will take on South Africa in the opening two rounds of the tournament on 18th and 25th August in Durban and Mendoza respectively.

Argentina squad:

Forwards - Matías Alemanno, Rodrigo Bruni, Marco Ciccioli, Agustín Creevy, Lucas Favre, Diego Fortuny, Santiago Garcia Botta, Santiago Grondona, Marcos Kremer, Ignacio Larrague, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Vivas Mayco, Santiago Medrano, Franco Molina, Julian Montoya, Javier Ortega Desio, Guido Petti, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Juan Zeiss.

Backs - Gonzalo Bertranou, Emiliano Boffelli, Sebastian Cancelliere, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Bautista Delguy, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, Bautista Ezcurra, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Martin Landajo, Juan Cruz Mallia, Matias Moroni, Ramiro Moyano, Matias Orlando, Nicolas Sanchez.