Rugby Championship
Pumas include Felipe Contepomi for Boks
ESPN Staff
August 8, 2013
Argentina's Felipe Contepomi looks for an opening, Argentina v France, José Fierro, Tucuman, Argentina, June 23, 2012
Felipe Contepomi will line-up for the Pumas once again © Getty Images
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Argentina have named a 26-man squad for their Rugby Championship opener against South Africa in Soweto on Saturday.

The Pumas failed to win a game in last season's tournament but did manage to draw with South Africa. It was a solid but unspectacular debut campaign from Argentina in the newly expanded Tri-Nations and they will be hoping to pick up a win in the 2014 championship.

The Pumas played the New South Wales Barbarians last weekend and won 29-27 and they will play the same side on Friday as they seek to find their rhythm ahead of the competition. And Pumas coach Santiago Phelan has named a 26-man squad ahead of the first game against the Boks.

The squad includes Bath's Horacio Agulla and Eusebio Guinazu while Worcester also have a strong contingent with Agustin Creevy and Leonardo Senatore getting the nod. Leicester will be represented by Marcos Ayerza and Gonzalo Camacho and they will play alongside the likes of Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Fernandez Martin Lobbe and veteran fly-half Felipe Contepomi.

Argentina squad:

Forwards: Patricio Albacete, Marcos Ayerza, Julio Farías Cabello, Manuel Carizza, Agustín Creevy, Matías Díaz, Juan Figallo, Mariano Galarza, Eusebio Guiñazú, Juan Fernández Lobbe, Juan Manuel Leguizamón, Nahuel Lobo, Pablo Matera, Leonardo Senatore

Backs: Horacio Agulla, Lucas González Amorosino, Marcelo Bosch, Gonzalo Camacho, Felipe Contepomi, Tomás Cubelli, Santiago Fernández, Juan Martín Hernández, Juan Imhoff, Martín Landajo, Nicolás Sánchez, Joaquín Tuculet

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