Argentina v Italy: Teams
Pumas and Azzurri clash in Cordoba
Last Updated: 30/06/08 10:25am
Parisse: returns to captain Italy
Italy will be looking for only their second ever victory on Argentinean soil when they take on the Pumas in a one-off Test match in Cordoba.
"Mauro Bergamasco has not played very much over the last few months because of the ban and I think he can combine athletic freshness with a desire for redemption."
Nick Mallett Quotes of the week
The Azzurri are buoyed by the return of captain Sergio Parisse and the Bergamasco brothers - Mauro and Mirco - for Saturday's Test.
The Stade Francais trio missed the 26-0 loss to South Africa on June 21 due to club commitments.
But they are now available after Stade Francais lost to Toulouse in the French championship semi-finals.
Italy coach Nick Mallett confirmed that No.8 Parisse would regain the captain's armband from stand-in skipper Leonardo Ghiraldini.
Flanker Mauro Bergamasco returns to the international arena for the first time since serving a 17-week ban for deliberately placing his finger in the eye of Wales full-back Lee Byrne during February's 47-8 Six Nations defeat in Cardiff.
"Mauro Bergamasco has not played very much over the last few months because of the ban and I think he can combine athletic freshness with a desire for redemption," Mallett told the FIR's official website (www.federugby.it).
Argentina have the luxury of dropping the versatile Felipe Contepomi, only to bring in Juan Martín Hernández instead.
Head coach Santiago Phelan has done so to prove Contepomi that the act of petulance he showed to get sin-binned in the second Test against Scotland will not be tolerated.
There is no denying the defeat against Scotland came as a shock, at least to all those with Argentinean blood, which may reflect in the side picked this time around.
Phelan is in the early throws of his reign and will want to put down a winning marker and thus prove the Scottish defeat was no more than a blip.
Argentina: 15 Bernardo Stortoni, 14 Lucas Borges, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Miguel Avramovic, 11 Horacio Agulla, 10 Juan Martín Hernández, 9 Nicolás Vergallo, 8 Juan Manuel Leguizamón, 7 Álvaro Galindo, 6 Martín Durand, 5 Esteban Lozada, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Gómez, 2 Álvaro Tejeda, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.
Replacements: 16 Pablo Gambarini, 17 Pedro Ledesma, 18 James Stuart, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Federico Martín Aramburu, 22 Hernán Senillosa.
Italy: 15 Andrea Marcato, 14 Kaine Robertson, 13 Mirco Bergamasco, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Matteo Pratichetti, 10 Luke McLean, 9 Simon Picone, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Mauro Bergamasco, 6 Josh Sole, 5 Carlo Antonio Del Fava, 4 Santiago Dellape, 3 Carlos Nieto, 2 Fabio Ongaro, 1 Ignacio Rouyet.
Replacements: 16 Leonardo Ghiraldini, 17 Alex Moreno, 18 Tommaso Reato, 19 Alessandro Zanni, 20 Pablo Canavosio, 21 Enrico Patrizio, 22 Riccardo Pavan/Jaco Erasmus.