Argentina vs Italy kick off? What Live TV channel is it on?
Both sides are at the dawn of a new era. For the visitors they are under new coaching management with the former Harlequins boss taking over from Jacques Brunel while Los Pumas have no European-based players in their squad. The home side’s head coach Daniel Hourcade has selected his 28-man squad only from the newly formed Super Rugby franchise, the Jaguares, for their June opener. With that said, Argentina will be without the likes of Juan Imhoff (Racing 92), Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Toulon) and Marcelo Bosch (Saracens), who will in all likelihood link up with the squad for the France Test match. Argentina, much like the Jaguares, have been known for the physicality at the set pieces and the breakdown. It is, however, the new boys in the Super Rugby that have become renowned for their lack of discipline.
Date: Saturday, June 11
Venue: Estadio Municipal, Comodoro Rivadavia, Santa Fé
Kick-off: 15:45 local (19:45 GMT)
Referee: Stuart Berry (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Luke Pearce (England), Joaquín Montes (Uruguay)
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Argentina vs Italy
Argentina: 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matías Moroni, 12 Juan Martin Hernandez, 11 Manuel Montero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Martin Landajo, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Thomas Lezana, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 2 Agustín Creevy (c), 1 Santiago García Botta
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Felipe Arregui, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Javier Ortega Desio, 20 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 21 Tomás Cubelli, 22 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23 Ramiro Moyano
Italy: 15 Luke McLean, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Tommaso Boni, 11 David Odiete, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Andries van Schalkwyk, 7 Simone Favaro, 6 Abraham Steyn, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 Quintin Geldenhuys, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Oliviero Fabiani, 17 Sami Panico, 18 Pietro Ceccarelli, 19 Valerio Bernabo’, 20 Robert Barbieri, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Tommaso Allan, 23 Giovanbattista Venditti
2014: Argentina won 20-18 in Genoa
2013: Argentina won 19-14 in Naples
2012: Argentina won 37-22 in San Juan
2010: Argentina won 22-16 in Verona
2008: Argentina won 22-14 in Torino
2008: Italy won 12-13 in Cordoba
2007: Argentina won 24-6 in Mendoza
2006: Argentina won 23-16 in Rome
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Head to head: Italy lock Quintin Geldenhuys will be the go-to man come lineout time for the visitors while the young Jaguares second-rower Guido Petti will be testing his mettle against the wily Azzurri veteran, who also thrives on the physical aspect of the game. Both players are also solid ball-carriers but equally adept on defence and will be at the forefront of their respective sides’ forward efforts.
Prediction: Despite not having any overseas-based players in their squad, the home side will still manage to outsmart their opponents with homeground advantage proving crucial. Argentina to win by more than ten points.