Preview: Argentina see off brave Georgia
September 11, 2007

Argentina have made six changes for Tuesday's World Cup clash with Pool D minnows Georgia.

Pumas coach Marcelo Loffreda, faced with a schedule of two matches in five days, retains just nine of the side that edged France 17-12 on Friday.

Agustin Pichot will once again lead the team and resumes his half-back partnership with Juan Martmn Hernandez.

Felipe Contepomi, who kicked 12 points against hosts France in a gripping World Cup curtain raiser, continues at inside centre but his twin Manuel drops out of the squad.

In one of two changes to the backs, Gonzalo Tiesi is instead handed the number 13 shirt and Federico Martin Aramburu replaces Horacio Agulla on the left wing.

Only hooker Mario Ledesma remains from the front row that ran out in Paris with Marcos Ayerza and Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino the new props.

Rimas Alvarez Kairelis replaces Carlos Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe at lock and Martmn Durand is given the nod at blindside, coming in for Lucas Ostiglia.

The pack selected for Georgia is identical to the one that finished at the Stade de France.

Georgia head coach Malkhaz Cheishvili has named an experienced line-up for the clash at the Gerland Stadium.

Ten of the players starting against the Pumas in Lyon also featured in the 2003 World Cup.

Auch lock Ilia Zedginidze led a side packed full of seasoned campaigners from French first and second division clubs.


I Corleto; L Borges, G Tiesi, F Contepomi, F Aramburu; J-M Hernandez, A Pichot; M Ayerza, M Ledesma, S Bonorino, R Alvarez Kairelis, P Albacete, M Durand, J-M Fernandez Lobbe, J-M Leguizamon.

Replacements: A Basualdo, O Hasan, E Lozada, M Schusterman, N Miranda, F Todeschini, F Miras.


P Jimsheladze; I Machkhaneli, M Urjukashvili, I Giorgadze, B Khamashuridze; M Kvirikashvili, I Abuseridze; D Khinchagashvili, A Giorgadze, D Zirakashvili, I Zedginidze (capt), M Gorgodze, G Chkhaidze, G Labadze, B Udesiani.

Replacements: G Shvelidze, A Kopaliani, V Didebulidze, Z Maisuradze, B Samkharadze, R Gigauri, G Shkinin.

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