Nicolas Sanchez returns at fly-half for Argentina against New Zealand

Nicolas Sanchez starred in Argentina's last win over New Zealand
Nicolas Sanchez starred in Argentina's last win over New Zealand
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New Zealand head coach Mario Ledesma has recalled fly-half Nicolas Sanchez in the starting line-up for the upcoming round of the Rugby Championship to be played at Gold Coast on Sunday.

Sanchez was the star for the Pumas when they defeated the All Blacks last time in November 2020 as he scored all the 25 points for his side but had lost his place to Domingo Miotti.

While Juan Cruz Mallia is retained at fullback, Bautista Delguy and Santiago Cordero comes at right and left wing respectively with Matias Moroni joining Jeronimo De La Fuente at midfield.

Facundo Gigena and Santiago Medrano have been drafted at front row joining Julian Montoya while Matias Alemanno comes at second row with Guido Petti joining him after playing at openside in the previous game.

The final change sees Marcos Kremer taking the position of Petti joining Rodrigo Bruni and Pablo Matera at back row. Scrumhalf Gonzalo Garcia could win his first cap when he comes off the bench.

Argentina starting XV: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Facundo Gigena

Reserves: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Santiago Chocobares, 23 Emiliano Boffelli