LONDON, 30 Oct - Argentina loose-head prop Marcos Ayerza, who was set to start for Los Pumas in the bronze final against the Springboks on Friday, has been ruled out of the game due to a hamstring injury sustained in training on Thursday, according to team doctor Guillermo Botto.

Team management have called up Santiago García Botta, a Belgrano Athletic prop with five caps under his belt, to take his place in the squad.

García Botta, 23, flew in from Buenos Aires on Thursday and will be on the replacements bench at the Olympic stadium as Daniel Hourcade’s men take on South Africa for the right to finish third at  Rugby World Cup 2015.

Juan Figallo, himself a late call-up to replace Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro ahead of the quarter-final against Ireland, moves up from the bench to start in place of Ayerza (pictured).

Argentina’s new match-day 23 is as follows:

1. Juan Figallo
2. Julián Montoya
3. Ramiro Herrera
4. Matías Alemanno
5. Tomás Lavanini
6. Javier Ortega Desio 
7. Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe
8. Juan Manuel Leguizamón
9. Tomás Cubelli 
10. Nicolás Sánchez (captain)
11. Horacio Agulla
12. Jerónimo De La Fuente
13. Matías Moroni 
14. Santiago Cordero
15. Lucas González Amorosino

Replacements:

16. Lucas Noguera
17. Santiago García Botta
18. Juan Pablo Orlandi
19. Guido Petti
20. Facundo Isa 
21. Martín Landajo
22. Santiago González Iglesias
23. Juan Pablo Socino

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