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Loffreda forced to make changes for round two

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Argentina coach Marcello Loffreda has been forced into making three changes to his squad for Saturday’s second Test against Ireland.

The Pumas claimed an impressive 22-20 victory over Eddie O’Sullivan’s side in Santa Fe last weekend, but Loffreda has been forced to reshuffle the squad named earlier for the clash at the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires.

Marcelo Bosch, Manuel Carizza and Martin Gaitan have all been recalled by club side Biarritz in order to take part in the Top 14 semi-finals.

Perpignan lock Rimas Alvarez and Hindu duo Juan de la Cruz Fernandez Miranda and Hernan Senillosa have been included in their places.

This means thirteen of the Pumas squad which won the first test were retained, however they didn’t number stand-in captain and fly-half Felipe Contepomi, who scored 17 points including the match-winning drop goal. He’s returned to Dublin to collect his medical degree.

The end of French club commitments freed up Bayonne scrum-half Nicolas Fernandez Miranda, Agen prop Eusebio Guinazu, Montauban prop Pablo Henn, and Montpellier utility Federico Todeschini, while Rovigo back Manuel Contepomi and Leeds flanker Martin Schusterman also returned to the squad.

Argentina – revised: Horacio Agulla, Fernandez Miranda, Senillosa (all Hindu), Ayerza (Leicester Tigers), Schusterman, Bouza (both Leeds Tykes), Manuel Contepomi (Rovigo), Tomas de Vedia (Saracens), Martin Durand, Federico Todeschini (both Montpellier), Juan Fernandez Lobbe (Sale Sharks), Nicolas Fernandez Miranda (Aviron Bayonnais Rugby), Esteban Lozada, Pablo Gambarini (both CASI), Santiago Gonzalez (Capitolina), Eusebio Guinazu (Agen), Pablo Henn (Montauban), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (London Irish), Francisco Leonelli (Glasgow Warriors), Federico Serra (SIC), Nicolas Vergallo (Jockey Club Rosario), Rimas Alvarez (Perpignan).

 

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