Australia v Argentina: Rugby Championship 2019 – live! | Sport



So – without further ado – some team news:

As mentioned in the preamble the big in is Brumbies skipper Christian Lealiifano – who comes in at flyhalf in the place of the beleaguered Bernard Foley. Marika Koroibete returns after the birth of his second child, Kurtley Beale comes back in at fullback with no place for Nick White, Tom Banks or Dane Haylett-Petty. Scott Sio also comes in for James Slipper on the front row.

James O’Connor – remember him? Once the rising star of Australian Rugby, then the enfant terrible; now the prodigal son. He’s on the bench after a SIX year absence in the green and gold. Could he be a key boost ahead of the Japan World Cup?


Australia: 15 Kurtley Beale, 14 Reece Hodge, 13 Tevita Kuridrani, 12 Samu Kerevi, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Christian Lealiifano, 9 Will Genia, 8 Isi Naisarani, 7 Michael Hooper (captain), 6 Lukhan Salakaia-Loto, 5 Rory Arnold, 4 Izack Rodda, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 Scott Sio.

Bench: 16 Tolu Latu, 17 James Slipper, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Rob Simmons, 20 Luke Jones, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 James O’Connor.

Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Ramiro Moyano, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Tomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera (captain), 5 Tomas Lavanini, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Julian Montoya, 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Bench: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Ramiro Herrera, 19 Matias Alemanno, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21 Felipe Ezcurra, 22 Joaquin Diaz Bonilla, 23 Matias Orlando