Arbizu fit for World Cup operner
September 27, 1999
Puma's captain Lisandro Arbizu, who only linked up with the squad on Sunday has been passed fit to lead the side against the Welsh at the Millennium Stadium on Friday.
Coach Alex Wyllie has only retained eight of the players who faced Wales in the second test in Buenos Aires in June, with his captain recovered from an infection in his leg which kept him behind in Buenos Aires over the weekend
Former captain Pedro Sporleder (pictured) and hooker Mario Ledesma are both included after escaping possible bans over an incident in a club match before the tour of Scotland and Ireland in August.
Wyllie, when announcing the side recognised the threat of Neil Jenkins in the Welsh line up saying, "When you have a player like Jenkins, the opposition have to be extremely wary of him. He is deadly and most teams would love to have as reliable a kicker."
"Argentina have had a bit of a reputation for giving away vital penalties at key times but we have worked on it and the players know their responsibilities."
Argentina team v. Wales: M Contepomi (Newman); O Bartolucci (Rosario), E Simone (Bristol), L Arbizu (Brive,capt), D Albanese (San Isidro); G Quesada (Hindu), A Pichot (Bristol); R Grau (Saracens), M Ledesma(Curupayti), M Reggiardo (Castres), P Sporleder (Curupayti), A Allub (Jockey Club), S Phelan (CASI), L Ostiglia (Hindu), G Longo (San Isidro).
Replacements: G Camardon (Alumni), F Contepomi (Newman), N Fernandez-Miranda (Hindu), R Martin (San Isidro), I Fernandez-Lobbe (Liceo Naval), O Hasan (Agen), A Canalda (Newman).
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