Argentina compelled into late change as skipper Montoya is dominated out

The very best-laid Argentina plan to start out the identical XV towards Wales that defeated England final Sunday at Twickenham got here unstuck at Friday coaching when skipper Julian Montoya was dominated out by means of harm. His place within the beginning group has gone to Agustin Creevy, who wasn’t included within the authentic matchday 23, and the captaincy will now be taken on by Pablo Matera.

Montoya had appeared in a dwell TV interview shortly after the win at Twickenham holding ice baggage to deal with a rib harm, however hopes that the difficulty would come proper to allow him to steer Argentina on the Principality Stadium have been dashed the day earlier than the second sport of their Autumn Nations Collection programme.

A submit on Twitter learn: “After morning coaching, it was determined that Julian Montoya wouldn’t be a part of the match towards Wales as he continued in ache after the left rib harm suffered towards England. In his place, Agustin Creevy will enter and the captain will probably be Pablo Matera.”

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Initially naming the identical beginning group and the identical replacements bench was a gutsy name from Michael Cheika. Argentina have been in an 80-minute arm-wrestle with England that went proper to the wire earlier than the 30-29 victory was confirmed and, not like Wales, they’ve had a day’s much less preparation main into this newest sport in Cardiff because it was final Saturday when Wayne Pivac’s Welsh group hosted the All Blacks.

The Argentina group that Cheika chosen to beat England had proven three modifications from the earlier outing versus South Africa on September 24, with Newcastle wing Mateo Carreras and props Thomas Gallo and Francisco Gomez-Kodel making the step up.


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