Live on Sky Sports 3HD: Argentina v Australia - Rugby Championship match

Last updated: 6th October 2012  

Santiago Phelan Argentina coach and squad

Argentina: chasing first Rugby Championship win

Nick Cummins scoring a try in training

Nick Cummins: 11th new cap for Australia this year

Related links

Teams

Also see

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

SkyBet
Click here for more betting
Forthcoming Aviva Premiership Fixtures
TimeFixture
Aviva Premiership
Friday 28th November
Aviva Premiership
19:45Bath vs Harlequins
Saturday 29th November
15:00Leicester Tigers vs Wasps
16:30Exeter vs Saracens
Sunday 30th November
13:00London Irish vs Gloucester
14:30London Welsh vs Northampton
15:15Newcastle Falcons vs Sale Sharks
Saturday 20th December
14:00Sale vs Exeter
15:00Gloucester vs Bath
15:00Saracens vs London Welsh
15:00Harlequins vs Newcastle
15:00Northampton vs Leicester
Sunday 21st December
14:00Wasps vs London Irish
Friday 26th December
15:00London Irish vs London Welsh
Saturday 27th December
14:00Sale vs Leicester
15:00Bath vs Exeter
15:00Newcastle vs Saracens
15:00Gloucester vs Wasps
15:00Harlequins vs Northampton
Saturday 3rd January
15:00Exeter vs Gloucester
15:00Saracens vs London Irish
15:00Leicester vs Bath
15:00Northampton vs Newcastle
Sunday 4th January
14:00Wasps vs Sale
14:30London Welsh vs Harlequins
Saturday 10th January
14:00Sale vs Northampton

Experts & Blogs

Phil Edwards

Phil Edwards

Read the thoughts and opinions of Phil Edwards with skysports.com