Contepomi to captain Argentina against Italy
June 5, 2012
Felipe Contepomi will win his 76th Argentina against Italy on Saturday © Getty Images
Felipe Contepomi will captain Argentina when they take on Italy in their first Test of the year, against Italy in San Juan on Saturday.
It is Contepomi's 76th cap for Los Pumas and he will line up alongside his Stade Francais colleague Rodrigo Roncero, who wins his 49th Test cap. The veteran prop forms an-all Top 14 front row with Biarritz duo Francisco Gomez-Kodela and hooker Eusebio Guinazu.
Contepomi will partner Gabriel Ascarate and there are also two Aviva Premiership players in the backline. Exeter Chief's Ignacio Mieres starts at fly-half, while Joaquin Tuculet of Sale Sharks will line-up at fullback.
Italy won 13-12 the most recent time the sides played in Argentina in June 2008, but since then Santiago's Phelan's have won the last two fixtures, in November 2008 in Turin and 2010 in Verona.
Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet, Belisario Agulla, Gabriel Ascarate, Felipe Contepomi, (captain), Agustin Gosio, Ignacio Mieres, Martin Landajo, Rodrigo Roncero, Eusebio Guinazu, Francisco Gomez-Kodela, Esteban Lozada, Julio Farias-Cabello, Genaro Fessia, Tomas Leonardi, Leonardo Senatore Replacements: Bruno Postiglioni, Nahuel Tetaz-Chaparro, Benjamin Macome, Tomas De La Vega, Tomas Cubelli, Manuel Montero, Roman Miralles
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