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Last updated: 6th October 2012  

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Australia have the chance to end a difficult Rugby Championship campaign on a high note against Argentina in Rosario tonight.

The Wallabies, yet to win away from home in the tournament, were crushed 31-8 by South Africa in Pretoria last weekend.

"We know that the Pumas will be coming straight at us, and will be looking to profit in the collision in the same way that the Springboks did last week," said Australia's under-fire coach Robbie Deans, who is without 15 injured players for the trip.

"We've addressed that, both internally in our discussions, but also with our selection, where we have gone for the players we feel are best suited to that approach."

Argentina are also coming off a heavy loss, New Zealand running out 54-15 winners in La Plata.

"I think it's going to be high-energy match, and we have to reduce our errors," said Pumas full-back Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

"We want to have the ball like we did in attack against New Zealand, but without the mistakes. We're up to play a great match."

Changes

Australia have made five changes to their starting XV.

Winger Nick Cummins will become the 11th new cap in a year that has seen the Wallabies use 38 players.

Cummins is joined in the back three by Mike Harris, who will assume place-kicking duties, while Ben Tapuai makes his second Test start at outside centre.

In the forwards, Sitaleki Timani is fit to return on the blindside and James Slipper is preferred to Benn Robinson at loosehead prop.

Argentina have no such injury problems and have named the same starting line-up that was on duty in the defeat to New Zealand.

Argentina: 15 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino, 14 Gonzalo Camacho, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martin Hernandez, 9 Martin Landajo; 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (captain), 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Eusebio Guinazu, 1 Rodrigo Roncero
Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Juan Pablo Orlandi, 18 Leonardo Senatore, 19 Tomas Leonardi, 20 Nicolas Vergallo, 21 Nicolas Sanchez, 22 Juan Imhoff

Australia: 15 Mike Harris, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Ben Tapuai, 12 Pat McCabe, 11 Digby Ioane, 10 Kurtley Beale, 9 Nick Phipps; 8 Radike Samo, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Sitaleki Timani, 5 Nathan Sharpe (captain), 4 Kane Douglas, 3 Ben Alexander, 2 Tatafu Polota-Nau, 1 James Slipper
Replacements: 16 Saia Fainga'a, 17 Benn Robinson, 18 Dave Dennis, 19 Scott Higginbotham, 20 Liam Gill, 21 Brett Sheehan, 22 Dominic Shipperley

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