Rugby World Cup 2015: Argentina recall Marcelo Bosch

Marcelo Bosch
Marcelo Bosch was suspended for Argentina's last game
Argentina v Australia
Venue: Twickenham Date: Sunday, 25 October Kick-off: 16:00 GMT
Coverage: Live on BBC Radio 5 live sports extra, plus live text commentary and report on the BBC Sport website.

Argentina have made one change for Sunday's World Cup semi-final with Australia, Marcelo Bosch returning in place of Matias Moroni at centre.

Saracens centre Bosch missed the quarter-final win over Ireland after serving a one-week ban for a dangerous tackle against Namibia on 11 October.

Captain Agustin Creevy has passed a fitness test following a leg injury.

The Pumas, competing in their second semi-final in three World Cups, are seeking to reach a first final.

2015 Rugby World Cup semi-final line-up
South Africa v New ZealandSaturday 24 October at Twickenham, 16:00 BST start
Argentina v AustraliaSunday 25 October at Twickenham, 16:00 GMT start

Moroni scored Argentina's first try against Ireland but head coach Daniel Hourcade has included the experienced Bosch for his defensive skills.

Martin Landajo has again been given the nod over Tomas Cubelli in the fight to start at scrum-half.

There is also one change to the bench with the addition of prop Juan Figallo, who came into the tournament as a late replacement for the injured Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro near the end of the pool stage.

Figallo, who when fit was an automatic first choice for the Pumas in the Rugby Championship, missed out on the original World Cup squad after surgery on damaged knee ligaments.

Juan Pablo Orlandi, the prop called up in his place for the tournament, makes way.


Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet, Santiago Cordero, Marcelo Bosch, Juan Martin Hernandez, Juan Imhoff, Nicolas Sanchez, Martin Landajo; Marcos Ayerza, Agustin Creevy (captain), Ramiro Herrera, Guido Petti, Tomas Lavanini, Pablo Matera, Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Leonardo Senatore, Martin Landajo,

Replacements: Julian Montoya, Lucas Noguera, Juan Figallo, Matias Alemanno, Facundo Isa, Tomas Cubelli, Jeronimo de la Fuente, Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.

Match stats

  • This will be the third World Cup meeting between the sides, with Australia winning the previous two, both by 13+ points.
  • Argentina have reached the semi-finals in two of the last three World Cups.
  • The Wallabies have won 10 of the past 11 Tests between the sides in all competitions; however that one win for Argentina did come recently, in 2014.
  • Australia are playing in their sixth World Cup semi-final - only New Zealand have reached this stage on more occasions (seven).
  • This will be the first time Argentina have played a Test match at Twickenham that has not been against England.
  • Argentina have made more metres and offloads in the tournament so far, as well as notching up more defenders beaten than any other side.

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