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Argentina ring changes for All Blacks match

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Lynn McConnell     19 Sep 2015     Getty Images

Tighthead prop Nahuel Chaparro, locks Guido Petti Pagadizabal and Tomas Lavanini, flanker Paul Matera and No.8 Leonardo Senatore have come into the pack while in the backs Juan Imhoff returns on the wing with Juan Martin Hernandez back at second five-eighths.

It is an experienced combination, and has more players in it who played in the bronze final game at the 2007 World Cup tournament, than who played in the quarter-final match against the All Blacks in New Zealand four years ago.

Only two players, Senatore and Bosch, started against New Zealand in 2011 while Ayerza, Fernandez Lobbe and Hernandez played in 2007.

Juan Imhoff said: "We are very, very anxious, but I think the team is good and we are having a great week of training. Now it's time to drop a little of the anxiety, have positive thoughts and rest easy because we are doing everything better than we have before, to get well prepared to debut against New Zealand.

"We know they are the best in the world and for that we have to focus on our game and not make any mistakes.

"We expect a great match, against the best team in the world. We know we need to relax in our build-up and be mentally prepared for what we know will be a tough contest.

"There will be a lot of pressure for both teams and I think the first 20 minutes will be key for both teams," he said.

Lobbe and Bosch will be playing their ninth games against the All Blacks, an Argentine record.

The team is: 1.Marcos Ayerza, 2.Agustin Creevy (captain), 3.Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 4.Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 5.Tomas Lavanini, 6.Paul Matera, 7.Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 8.Leonardo Senatore, 9.Tomas Cubelli, 10.Nicolas Sanchez, 11.Juan Imhoff, 12.Juan Martin Hernandez, 13.Marcelo Bosch, 14.Cordero Santiago, 15.Joaquin Tuculet.

Reserves: 16.Julian Montoya, 17.Lucas Noguera, 18.Ramiro Herrera, 19.Mariano Galarza, 20.Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 21.Martin Landajo, 22.Jeronimo de la Fuente, 23.Lucase Gonzalez Amorosino.