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Tigers prop named on Pumas bench

Gaston Cortes
Gaston Cortes

Leicester Tigers front-rower Gaston Cortes is one of three new faces named among Argentina's replacements for Saturday's Rugby Championship showdown with the All Blacks in Nelson, New Zealand.

Cortes, who was an unused sub in Tigers opening Gallagher Premiership loss to Exeter, has been included alongside fellow new faces Juan Pablo Zeiss and Julian Montoya on the bench. Meanwhile Pumas head coach Mario Ledesma has also made four changes to the starting side as the Argentinian's chase a first-ever win over the World Champion All Black side.

The Pumas ended an 11-match losing streak in the competition in their last outing against South Africa.

Argentina: 15 Emiliano Boffelli, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo; 1 Santiago Garcia Botta, 2 Agustin Creevy (c), 3 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4 Guido Petti, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 6 Tomas Lezana, 7 Marcos Kremer, 8 Javier Ortega Desio

Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Juan Pablo Zeiss, 18 Gaston Cortes, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Pablo Matera, 21 Tomas Cubelli, 22 Bautista Ezcurra, 23 Juan Cruz Mallia.