Wallabies, Pumas name squads for championship round 4
By Eric Njiru | Thu 15 Sep, 2016 09:13

Qantas Wallabies coach Michael Cheika has made just one change to his starting side for The Rugby Championship test match against Argentina at Nib Stadium in Perth on Saturday 17 September, 2016

It will be the first meeting between the two teams since Australia’s 29-15 victory in last year’s Rugby World Cup semi-final at Twickenham.

Queensland Reds lock Rob Simmons returns to the starting side after two games for Queensland Country in the Buildcorp National Rugby Championship. Simmons hasn't featured in the gold jersey since the Wallabies went down to the All Blacks at Sydney's ANZ Stadium on August 20.

The 27-year old will partner Adam Coleman in the second row, in what will be the sixth different lock combination used by Michael Cheika in 2016.

A test debut beckons for Waratahs prop Tom Robertson, who is in line to become the eighth Wallaby debutant this season after he was named on an extended bench. Melborne Rebels’ star Lopeti Timani has again been named among the reserves with the final decision on the bench to be confirmed after the captain’s run at NIB Stadium on Friday.

Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade has rung the changes for Saturday’s Rugby Championship Test against the Wallabies in Perth. There are four new faces in the starting line-up from the one that was thrashed 57-22 by the All Blacks last weekend in Hamilton, as well as three positional changes.

The most notable to Australian rugby fans is the naming of Brumbies halfback Tomas Cubelli in the No 9 jersey.

An injury to experienced playmaker Juan Martin Hernandez opens the door for the capable Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias to start in the number 12 jersey, while Santiago Cordero switches from the left to the right wing.

Javier Ortega Desio shifts from openside flanker to lock, with second-rower Guido Petti dropping out of the side and Juan Manuel Leguizamon coming in to wear the number 7 jersey.

Cubelli has been winding up his Brumbies teammates Scott Sio and Tevita Kuridrani via Snapchat this week. 
“I was going to training, and I sent them one saying we are going to beat them. It will be good fun to see them. We knew it was a great (Wallabies) team, but we thought that we could win the world cup game. We wanted to get to the finals in England.

That was our dream. It was hard not winning but I think Australia played a better game.They were more efficient, their defence, and some of their kicking game was better.”

Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Dane Haylett-Petty, 13 Samu Kerevi, 12 Bernard Foley, 11 Reece Hodge, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 David Pocock, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Dean Mumm, 5 Adam Coleman, 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore (captain), 1 Scott Sio

Substitutes: 16 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 17 James Slipper, 18 Tom Robertson, 19 Rory Arnold, 20 Lopeti Timani, 21 Sean McMahon, 22 Nick Phipps, 23 Tevita Kuridrani, 24 Henry Speight

ARGENTINA (15-1): Joaquin Tuculet, Santiago Cordero, Matias Moroni, Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, Nicolas Sanchez, Tomas Cubelli, Facundo Isa, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Pablo Matera, Matias Alemanno, Javier Ortega Desio, Ramiro Herrera, Agustin Creevy (c), Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro

Reserves: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Enrique Peretto, Marcos Kremer, Leonardo Senatore, Martin Landajo, Gabriel Ascarate, Matias Orlando

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