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Former Leinster star Felipe Contepomi has been selected as captain of the Argentina side to play Italy on Saturday in San Juan.
The 34-year-old has played 75 times for his country during an illustrious career, accumulating 588 points. He will lead the side that is short of many of their European based players, who have been rested for his fixture. Named as the 2007 Rugby Writers Of Ireland Player Of The Year, Felipe now plays his club rugby with French side, Stade Francais.
It had been widely believed that he had retired from international rugby, but he returns to help this relatively inexperience side. Also selected is his clubmate Rodrigo Roncero. The former Gloucester player has amassed 48 international caps as is widely regarded as one of the top props in the world. Interestingly enough both are also qualified doctors.
Argentina: 15: Joaquin Tuculet, 14: Belisario Agulla, 13: Gabriel Ascarate. 12: Felipe Contepomi (captain), 11: Agustin Gosio, 10: Ignacio Mieres, 9: Martin Landajo, 1: Rodrigo Roncero, 2. Eusebio Guinazu, 3. Franciso Gomez-Kodela, 4. Esteban Lozada, 5. Julio Farias-Cabello, 6. Genaro Fessia, 7. Tomas Leonardi, 8. Leonardo Senatore. Replacements: 16. Bruno Postiglioni, 17. Nahuel Tetaz-Chaparro, 18. Benjamin Macome, 19. Tomas De La Vega, 20. Tomas Cubelli, 21: Manuel Montero, 22. Roman Miralles.