Pumas name overseas-based duo for Test comebacks in Brisbane

Overseas-based duo Facundo Isa and Santiago Cordero will make their long-awaited returns to the Pumas, named to face the Wallabies in Brisbane.

Isa, who plays for Toulon, will start for the first time since 2016 when he runs out at no. 8 for Argentina this weekend, replacing Javier Ortega Desio in the starting lineup.

Exeter's Cordero will start on the wing, set to potentially go up against current Premiership teammate Nic White in Saturday's Suncorp Stadium clash.

Cordero's comeback pushes Matias Moroni into outside centre with Matias Orlando coming off the bench.

Isa and Cordero's returns are two of five personnel changes to the starting XV for their second Rugby Championship clash, coming off a 20-16 loss to the All Blacks in Buenos Aires.

Julian Montoya replaces the injured Agustin Creevy at hooker for the Pumas, with Tomas Lezana starting ahead of Marcos Kremer and Joaquin Tuculet coming in for the rested Emiliano Boffelli.

Hooker Santiago Socino is in line for a potential debut off the bench, while Ramiro Herrera replaces Santiago Medrano as the back-up tighthead.

Juan Manuel Leguizamon is the other new face on the pine for week two.


Argentina to face Wallabies

1. Nahuel Tatez Chaparro

2. Julian Montoya

3. Juan Figallo

4. Guido Petti

5. Tomas Lavinini

6. Pablo Matera

7. Tomas Lezana

8. Facundo Isa

9. Tomas Cubelli

10. Nicolas Sanchez

11. Ramiro Moyano

12. Jeronimo de la Fuente

13. Matias Moroni

14. Santiago Cordero

15. Joaquin Tuculet


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