LIVE: Resurgent Wallabies eye fourth straight win

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Argentina's disappointing travel to Australia ends contiguous (5.05pm AEST) erstwhile the Pumas play the Wallabies successful their last Rugby Championship match, 1 that comes 2 days aft six of their players were banned from playing due to the fact that they broke coronavirus protocols.

The Argentinians person been distant from location for astir 4 months and they are winless successful 5 tourney matches.

So it's evident that their formation location to South America time — triumph oregon suffer connected the Gold Coast — can't travel soon enough.

While making 5 changes to his lineup, manager Mario Ledesma preferred not to speech astir the six players and 2 unit who crossed the authorities borderline into New South Wales connected Wednesday and were stopped from returning to their Queensland base, unaware that borderline restrictions were reset earlier that time allowing crossings lone to indispensable workers.

Those not playing successful tonight's lucifer are erstwhile skipper Pablo Matera, prop Santiago Medrano and backup hooker Santiago Socino from the Pumas broadside which mislaid to Australia 27-8 past weekend.

The different players were Felipe Ezcurra, Joaquin Diaz Bonilla and Sebastian Cancelliere, on with manager Lucas Chioccarelli and a video analyst.

Governing assemblage SANZAAR said that the Pumas and their 44 subordinate traveling squad inactive had capable men to play the match.

Props Rodrigo Martinez and Enrique Pieretto are successful arsenic starters aft being reserves past weekend, and Ledesma recalled Guido Petti astatine fastener for Matias Alemanno.

Rodrigo Bruni, retired injured past weekend, is astatine No. 8.

Ledesma said the lengthy circuit — including 3 weeks successful South Africa, wherever the Pumas mislaid doubly to the Springboks, and astir six weeks successful Australia for the relocated tourney successful Queensland — volition lone marque his players stronger.

"All adversities forge bonds, they forge quality arsenic well," Ledesma said.

"This squad ne'er makes excuses, ne'er takes shortcuts. I americium precise arrogant of however this squad commits itself, the determination it has. Sometimes it leads to results, sometimes it doesn't."

For the Wallabies, Japan-based Sean McMahon could marque a highly-anticipated Test instrumentality aft 4 years and 38-year-old Greg Holmes is acceptable to go the oldest Wallabies subordinate to look successful a Test since World War II.

Both were named by manager Dave Rennie connected the reserves bench.

McMahon, who is chasing his archetypal Wallabies enactment since 2017, is backmost aft Rugby Australia loosened its eligibility laws to see overseas-based players.

Holmes past played successful 2016 aft debuting successful 2005.

Returning to Super Rugby with the Force aft 4 years successful England, Holmes precocious spoke with Rennie astir joining the nationalist squad to observe successful a coaching capacity.

But Rennie alternatively called to connection a playing spot to Holmes aft Pone Fa'amausili was injured and chap front-rower Allan Alaalatoa was preparing to permission campy to beryllium with his large wife.

Rennie said Holmes gave the broadside "more acquisition and nous successful the tighthead role" to antagonistic Argentina arsenic back-up to Taniela Tupou.

"It's beauteous amazing, it astir feels similar it's my archetypal headdress again," Holmes said of what could beryllium his farewell match.

"When I near (Australian rugby) successful 2016, I thought that was it. Hopefully Taniela doesn't get done 80 minutes. I cognize helium can... but hopefully determination is simply a fewer minutes determination for me."

Rennie said the Wallabies cheered erstwhile Holmes' sanction was announced successful the match-day 23.

"He's specified a fashionable quality but it's not a sentimental selection, it's based connected what we need," Rennie said.

"He's travel location and played bully footy."

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