Barbarians vs Argentina Lineups Named
The line-ups for Saturday’s international friendly between the Barbarians and Argentina have been named. The fixture is to be the final one of the year for Los Pumas who are looking to complete what has been widely regarded as a very successful year.
In 2015 Argentina reached the World Cup Semi Finals for the second time in history and also completed a history-making win over South Africa in Durban during the Rugby Championship. The match against the Barbarians is now an opportunity to have some fun while preparing for what lies ahead as European based Pumas are no longer eligible for international duty.
Based on Argentina’s line-up from the Bronze Final Head Coach Daniel Hourcade has made a wide variety of changes with a combination of injuries, suspension and club duty motivating the selection.
With Agustín Creevy missing Martín Landajo will captain the side as expected while a young back-three will start after training together earlier this week. Getting his chance in place of Joaquín Tuculet is Ramiro Moyano who missed out on selection for the Rugby Championship and World Cup. He will play opposite World Champion Nehe Milner-Skudder who won the breakthrough player of the year award.
The remaining starting Pumas were involved in the World Cup though many did not start matches during the play-offs. Replacement backs Gabriel Ascárate, Emiliano Boffelli and Felipe Ezcurra all missed the World Cup but two of them are to play for Argentina’s Super Rugby team.
Starting for the Barbarians are a host of Super Rugby names from the past and present with the 2015 championship winning Lima Sopoaga named at fly halfand being joined by Waisake Naholo on the right wing. A lot is expected over both players following the loss of key personal to European clubs.
Richie McCaw‘s potential replacement, Ardie Savea will start for the Barbarians. Players to have captained both Australia and South Africa in the World Cup are to start this Saturday.
|Nehe Milner-Skudder||15||Ramiro Moyano|
|Waisake Naholo||14||Matías Moroni|
|Tevita Kuridrani||13||Jerónimo De la Fuente|
|Ryan Crotty||12||Santiago González Iglesias|
|Nemani Nadolo||11||Santiago Cordero|
|Lima Sopoaga||10||Nicolás Sánchez|
|Tawera Kerr-Barlow||9||Martín Landajo|
|Stephen Hoiles||8||Facundo Isa|
|Ardie Savea||7||Javier Ortega Desio|
|Scott Fardy||6||Pablo Matera|
|Victor Matfield||5||Matías Alemanno|
|Lood De Jager||4||Guido Petti Pagadizábal|
|Charlie Faumuina||3||Ramiro Herrera|
|Stephen Moore||2||Julián Montoya|
|Thomas Du Toit||1||Lucas Noguera Paz|
|James Hanson||16||Santiago Iglesias Valdez|
|Jamie MacIntosh||17||Santiago García Botta|
|Toby Smith||18||Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro|
|Bakkies Botha||19||Tomás Lezana|
|Cobus Reinach||20||Leonardo Senatore|
|Pat Lambie||21||Felipe Ezcurra|
|François Venter||22||Gabriel Ascárate|
|Joe Tomane||23||Emiliano Boffelli|