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Pumas make two changes

Argentina make two changes to their starting line-up for Saturday's Rugby Championship clash with South Africa in Salta.

Centre Juan Martin Hernandez, a late injury withdrawal from the side beaten 13-6 in Pretoria last weekend, returns at inside centre in place of Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias.

The other change is also in the backline with Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino coming in on the right wing for Horacio Agulla.

Worcester hooker Agustin Creevy captains the Pumas and there are also two ex-captains, Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and Juan Manuel Leguizamon, named in the back row.

Coach Daniel Hourcade has also made two alterations to his eight-man replacements list as Argentina seek a first Championship victory after a draw and 12 defeats.

Prop Bruno Postiglioni gets the nod ahead of Lucas Noguera Paz and Agulla takes the place of Amorosino.

"These are changes we already had in mind, Juan Martin was going to play last week and now comes back into the team after the niggle he had," Hourcade said.

"We also wanted to look at other options, rotate a bit to give other players some minutes, but very little so as not to modify the team structure.

"We're going to play the game we had planned on playing last Saturday and couldn't because of the rain, especially in attack."

Argentina: 15 J Tuculet, 14 L Gonzalez Amorosino, 13 M Bosch, 12 J M Hernandez, 11 M Montero, 10 N Sanchez, 9 M Landajo, 1 M Ayerza, 2 A Creevy (capt), 3 R Herrera, 4 M Galarza, 5 T Lavanini, 6 P Matera, 7 J M Fernandez Lobbe, 8 J M Leguizamon.

Replacements: 16 M Cortese, 17 B Postiglioni, 18 N Tetaz Chaparro, 19 M Alemanno, 20 L Senatore, 21 T Cubelli, 22 J de la Fuente, 23 H Agulla.