Nine changes for Argentina as Ledesma looks to the future

Sanchez returns and Leguizamon to play in fourth World Cup but it is a youthful line-up overall with Pumas already eliminated.

TOKYO, 7 Oct - Juan Manuel Leguizamon will make his first start of Rugby World Cup 2019 in an Argentina team that shows nine changes from the XV that started the defeat against England on Saturday.

It will be the 15th RWC appearance for the 36-year-old back-row forward in his fourth tournament, while veteran fly-half Nicolas Sanchez returns at No.10 having been left out of the match-day 23 against England.

With Argentina unable to qualify for the quarter-finals, overall the team has an inexperienced feel. "There are 16 boys that made their World Cup debut this year and they are going to get a lot of learning from this experience," said coach Mario Ledesma.

Among those included are 22-year-old wing Bautista Delguy, prop Santiago Medrano and full-back Juan Cruz Mallia, both 23. 

Matais Alemanno comes into the second row after Tomas Lavanini was sent off against England.

Argentina

1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro
2. Julian Montoya
3. Santiago Medrano
4. Guido Petti
5. Matias Alemanno
6. Pablo Matera (capt.)
7. Juan Manuel Leguizamon
8. Rodrigo Bruni
9. Felipe Ezcurra
10. Nicolas Sanchez
11. Santiago Carreras
12. Jeronimo de La Fuente
13. Juan Cruz Mallia
14. Bautista Delguy
15. Joaquin Tuculet

16. Agustín Creevy
17. Mayco Vivas
18. Enrique Pieretto Heiland
19. Marcos Kremer
20. Tomas Lezana
21. Gonzalo Martin Bertranou
22. Benjamin Urdapilleta
23. Matías Moroni

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