LONDON (AP) Reeling from a sobering Rugby Championship, Argentina faces England at Twickenham on Saturday with a much-changed team, a stand-in captain and a new coach.
Daniel Hourcade will be without skipper Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe and star back Juan Martin Hernandez, who are both injured, for his first match in charge of the Pumas after replacing Santiago Phelan. Long-time center Felipe Contepomi also leaves a gaping hole in the team after retiring from international rugby.
Juan Manuel Leguizamon takes the armband from Fernandez Lobbe, who will miss the entire end-of-year European tour.
Prop Maximiliano Bustos, lock Mariano Galarza, scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli, center Santiago Fernandez and fullback Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino are the five changes to the starting team that was crushed 54-17 by Australia in the final round of the Rugby Championship.
Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Horacio Agulla, Marcelo Bosch, Santiago Fernandez, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli; Juan Manuel Leguizamon (captain), Julio Farias Cabello, Pablo Matera, Patricio Albacete, Mariano Galarza, Maximiliano Bustos, Eusebio Guinazu, Marcos Ayerza. Reserves: Santiago Iglesias Valdez, Nahuel Lobo, Juan Pablo Orlandi, Manuel Carizza, Benjamin Macome, Martin Landajo, Gonzalo Tiesi, Santiago Cordero