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Argentina vs England Test Preview



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Stuart Lancaster’s England are bidding to rewrite history when their two-Test series against Argentina starts in Salta on Saturday.

No England side has ever won two Tests here and the last side to triumph in a series was the one led by Bill Beaumont in 1981, which won one international and drew another.

Lancaster has brought an inexperienced side to South America, with nine players picked in the original British and Irish Lions tour party and others such as Chris Ashton, Chris Robshaw, Brad Barritt and Danny Care given the summer off.

Lancaster’s starting line-up on Saturday boasts just 123 caps compared with the 237 won by the Pumas but the head coach is building for the 2015 World Cup and insists his youngsters will gain invaluable experience from Saturday’s Test and the second in Buenos Aires a week later.

“It is a big challenge but also a fantastic opportunity,” Lancaster told reporters at the team hotel in Salta. “It is the perfect challenge we want for this group of players. It will be Test match rugby and the intensity will be higher than some of the players have played in before.

“The speed of thought and deed, the passion of the occasion and dealing with the passion and emotion of it all will be critical and we need to make sure we are on the edge but not over the edge.

“They have got experience and players who have been in and around their squad for a long time. We are expecting a similarity to how they will approach the game as they did in the autumn internationals and the Rugby Championship, where they were very competitive and beat Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

“I think their style of play will be similar and I think for their coaching team and ourselves it is a great opportunity to look at how these players do.”

England’s preparations were hampered when loose-head prop Alex Corbisiero was called up by the Lions in Australia as injury cover for Ireland’s Cian Healy.

Harlequins’ Joe Marler takes over here on Saturday whilst Corbisiero left Argentina on Thursday to be ready for Tuesday’s Lions’ game against a combined New South Wales Queensland Country XV.

Lancaster added: “In order for him to be a viable option for them he needs to be available for next Tuesday’s game. As a consequence he needs to go now in order to be involved.”

The Bookies have given Argentina a 5 point start for this Match – with an offer of a FREE $150 BET.

Match Official
Chris Pollock (NZ)
Kick off: Saturday 16.10 local, 19.10GMT


Argentina: Martin Bustos Moyano, Matias Orlando, Gonzalo Tiesi, Felipe Contepomi (capt), Manual Montero, Benjamin Urdapilleta, Martin Landajo, Tomas Leonardi, Benjamin Macome, Julio Farias Cabello, Mariano Galarza, Esteban Lozada, Maximilano Bustos, Martin Garcia Veiga, Pablo Henn

Replacements: Mauricio Guidone, Guillermo Roan, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Tomas Vallejos, Tomas De la Vega, Nicolas Vergallo, Gabriel Ascarate, Belisario Agulla.

England : Mike Brown, Christian Wade, Jonathan Joseph, Billy Twelvetrees, David Strettle, Freddie Burns, Lee Dickson, Ben Morgan, Matt Kvesic, Tom Wood (capt), Dave Attwood, Joe Launchbury, David Wilson, Rob Webber, Joe Marler

Replacements: David Paice, Henry Thomas, Paul Doran Jones, Courtney Lawes, Billy Vunipola, Richard Wigglesworth, Kyle Eastmond, Ben Foden

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