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The Pumas already have the 15 to measure themselves against England

The Pumas already have the 15 to measure themselves against England

After a month and a half without action after participating in the Rugby Championship, Los Pumas will appear again this Sunday, this time in the first commitment of the November window, which includes three test matches in European territory. And for the match against England in London, the team’s coach, the Australian Michael Cheika, confirmed the starting line-up with three changes compared to the last match against South Africa on September 24, on the final day of the competition.

After the last formal training session, Cheika designed the formation for Sunday with the arrival of the pillars Francisco Gómez Kodela and Thomas Gallo for Eduardo Bello and Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, while Mateo Carreras will replace Juan Imhoff from Rosario among the three quarters. The other relevant fact is the participation of the third line Marcos Kremer, who was expelled in the match that his Stade France team played against Brive from England, on October 7 last and had to serve a three-week ban, but the appeal presented by the UAR was positive and his suspension was lifted.

Consequently, the 15 to jump onto the pitch at Twickenham to open the tour will be Juan Cruz Mallía; Mateos Carreras, Matías Moroni, Jerónimo De la Fuente and Emiliano Boffelli; Santiago Carreras and Gonzalo Bertranou; Pablo Matera, Kremer and Juan González; Tomás Lavannini and Matías Alemanno; Gomez Kodela, Julián Montoya y Gallo. Ignacio Ruiz, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Eduaro Bello, Lucas Paulos, Facundo Isa, Eliseo Morales, Tomás Albornoz and Matías Orlando will wait on the substitute bench.

England, meanwhile, also confirmed their formation, with the return of their captain Owen Farrell and the debut of second row Alex Coles. Center back Farrell was in doubt following a blow to the head with Saracens in the English Premier Championship, while Coles, 23, will play second row and Maro Itoje will act as back row. In this way, the local team will form with Freddie Steward; Jack Nowell, Manu Tuilagi, Farrell and Joe Cokanasiga; Marcus Smith and Ben Youngs; Ellis Genge, Luke Cowan-Dickie, and Kyle Sinckler; Coles and Jonny Hill; Itoje, Tom Curry and Billy Vunipola. Alternates will be Jack Singleton, Mako Vunipola, Joe Heyes, David Ribbans, Sam Simmonds, Jack Willis, Jack van Poortvliet and Henry.

The teams from Argentina and England will be part of Group D of the 2023 World Cup in France, along with Japan, Samoa and Chile. The Pumas defeated England only once as visitors, in 2006 by 25-18. In addition, they won three home wins: in 1990 at the Vélez stadium (15-13), in 1997 at the Ferro stadium (33-13) and in 2009 in Salta (24-22).

After Sunday’s match, Los Pumas’ window in Europe will continue with a test against Wales, on Saturday the 12th at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff, and will close against Scotland, on Saturday the 19th at Murrayfield Stadium in Edinburgh.

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