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Argentina release squad for All Blacks date

Argentina have announced their squad that will face All Blacks in their first Tri-Nations clash set for Sydney on Saturday at 9:10 AM East African Time.

This will be their first competitive match since the 2019 World Cup 47-17 win over USA in a pool C match played on 9 October.

Their country has been particularly hard-hit by COVID-19, with 1.2 million reported cases and more than 34,000 deaths.

Several members of the team and management previously contracted the virus, and no domestic competition has been possible under coronavirus protocols.

They side has however played some build up matches ahead of the Tri-Nations campaign since jetting in Australia. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, Julian Montoya and Francisco Gomez Kodela will be in the front-row as Guido Petti, and Matias Alemanno partner in the second row.

The back row consists of Pablo Matera, Marcos Kremer and Rodrigo Bruni. Thomas Cubelli holds the scrum-half role as Nicolas Sanchez starts at fly-half.

Santiago Chocobares and Matias Orlando are in the midfield while Juan Imhoff, Bautista Delguy and Carreras form the back three.

New Zealand and Argentina will be playing their 30th Test.  The All Blacks have recorded 29 wins with one draw.

Argentina: 1-Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 2-Julian Montoya, 3-Francisco Gomez Kodela, 4-Guido Petti, 5-Matias Alemanno, 6-Pablo Matera, 7-Marcos Kremer, 8-Rodrigo Bruni, 9-Tomas Cubelli, 10-Nicolas Sanchez, 11-Juan Imhoff, 12-Santiago Chocobares, 13-Matias Orlando, 14-Bautista Delguy, 15-Santiago Carreras

Reserves: 16-Facundo Bosch, 17-Mayco Vivas, 18-Santiago Medrano, 19-Santiago Grondona, 20-Tomas Lezana, 21-Gonzalo Bertranou, 22-Lucio Cinti, 23-Santiago Cordero

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