Argentina v Scotland: Teams

At Buenos Aires, Saturday June 14, kick-off 8.10pm.

By Steve Pass   Last updated: 13th June 2008   Subscribe to RSS Feed

Argentina v Scotland: Teams

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Scotland coach Frank Hadden has rung the changes for the second Test against Argentina as he aims to finish the season with a win.

Fly-half Dan Parks has been axed for the game after the 21-15 defeat in the first Test in Rosario, with Phil Godman taking over in the No.10 jersey.

Record points scorer Chris Paterson has been moved to the wing after starting at full-back in the first Test, while Parks drops to the bench.

Godman is one of four changes made by Hadden with Hugo Southwell, Simon Webster and John Barclay also called into the starting XV.

Southwell is named at full-back with Paterson taking Simon Danielli's place on the wing, while Webster replaces Thom Evans on the other flank.

Barclay will start on the openside, with Allister Hogg moving to No.8 and Johnnie Beattie dropping out the squad entirely.

Hadden said: "The only reason for the changes is to finish the season with a win.

Opportunity

"Phil has been playing consistently well for some time now and deserves this opportunity. It makes sense if we are to get the best out of him to surround him with familiar faces.

"John Barclay's inclusion reflects our need to perform better at the breakdown."

Godman is looking forward to the game, saying: "I hope it will be very intense, very physical, a real battle.

"I am really excited and super-nervous at the same time and I hope I could bring something to the game.

"We have to get good ball so we can run better with the forwards and seal the pace of the game. I am confident that with all the hard work of this week I could help the team to achieve that goal."

Experience

Two more veterans, Horacio Agulla and Luca Borges, have been added to the squad in place of Jose Nunez Piossek and Tomas De Vedia.

And Agulla believes the key to beating Scotland will be to control the rhythm of the game.

"Scotland are a very tough rival," he said. "We have already seen that in the World Cup and last Saturday they showed that in the field. I think that the key will be in pressing them from the beginning to control the pace of the match."

Ahead of the game, full-back Bernardo Stortoni turned up the pressure on Scotland by suggesting coach Hadden could be sacked if they lose again.

The 31-year-old, who plays his club rugby in Scotland for Glasgow Warriors, said: "I talked with some Scottish team-mates and they were very dissatisfied with the first match.

"It is going to be an even harder game now in Buenos Aires. They told me that they weren't aggressive enough and they also complained about the narrow field that made it very hard to play expansive rugby.

"If they lose again, after their poor Six Nations, I am sure that they will try to sack the boss.

"Their people expect much more from them. Because of that I am convinced that they are going to put pressure on us and they are going to leave everything on the field."

It will be an emotional day as it will be the last match for Northampton Saints second-rower Ignacio Fernandez, who is planning to retire from international rugby.

Argentina: 15 B Stortoni, 14 L Borges, 13 G Tiesi, 12 F Contepomi (c), 11 H Agulla, 10 F Todeschini, 9 N Vergallo; 1 M Ayerza, 2 A Tejeda, 3 S Gonzalez Bonorino, 4 I Fernandez Lobbe, 5 E Lozada, 6 M Durand, 7 J Martin Fernandez, 8 M Leguizamon.
Replacements: 16 P Gambarini, 17 J Gomez, 18 J Stuart, 19 A Galindo, 20 A Lalanne, 21 F Aramburu, 22 F Serra.

Scotland: 15 H Southwell (Edinburgh), 14 C Paterson (Edinburgh), 13 B Cairns (Edinburgh), 12 G Morrison (Glasgow Warriors), 11 S Webster (Edinburgh), 10 P Godman (Edinburgh), 9 M Blair (Edinburgh); 1 A Jacobsen (Edinburgh), 2 R Ford (Edinburgh), 3 E Murray (Northampton), 4 M Mustchin (Edinburgh), 5 S MacLeod (Llanelli Scarlets), 6 A Strokosch (Gloucester), 7 J Barclay (Glasgow Warriors), 8 A Hogg (Edinburgh).
Replacements: 16 D Hall (Glasgow Warriors), 17 A Dickinson (Gloucester), 18 A Kellock (Glasgow Warriors), 19 K Brown (Glasgow Warriors), 20 R Lawson (Gloucester), 21 D Parks (Glasgow Warriors), 22 N De Luca (Edinburgh).

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