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Ledesma makes one change to Pumas team for France test

Scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomás Cubelli in the only change by Argentina coach Mario Ledesma from the Pumas team that lost to Ireland last week ahead of Saturday's Test against France.

Thursday 15 November, 2018
Argentina coach Mario Ledesma walks on the pitch prior to the rugby union international match between Ireland and Argentina, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, November 10, 2018.
Argentina coach Mario Ledesma walks on the pitch prior to the rugby union international match between Ireland and Argentina, at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin, Ireland, Saturday, November 10, 2018. Foto:AP/Peter Morrison

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Scrum-half Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomás Cubelli in the only change by Argentina coach Mario Ledesma from the Pumas team that lost to Ireland last week ahead of Saturday's Test against France.

Bertranou started in Argentina's final match of the Rugby Championship, a 45-34 defeat to Australia on October 6, but was replaced by Cubelli for last week's 28-17 reverse in Dublin.

Cubrelli will be among the replacements in Lille where France will be looking to make amends for their 29-26 defeat to South African in Paris last week.

Replacement fly-half Joaquín Díaz pays the price for Ledesma's decision to go with six forwards and only two backs on the bench by being left out of the squad.

He is replaced on the bench by lock forward Mariano Galarza, who last played for Argentina at the 2015 World Cup.

Argentina team to play France in Lille (15-1):

Emiliano Boffelli; Bautista Delguy, Matías Orlando, Jerónimo De La Fuente, Ramiro Moyano; Nicolás Sánchez, Gonzalo Bertranou; Guido Petti, Javier Desio, Pablo Matera (captain); Tomás Lavanini, Matias Alemanno; Santiago Medrano, Agustín Creevy, Santiago García Botta

Replacements:

Julian Montoya, Juan Pablo Zeiss, Lucio Sordoni, Mariano Galarza, Rodrigo Bruni, Tomás Lezana, Tomás Cubelli, Matías Moroni.

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