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Welcome to the live coverage of the Wallabies vs Argentina on the Gold Coast.
Kick-off: 17:05 AEST
It had only been a month since the Wallabies tried to pick themselves up for a decisive month against the Springboks and Pumas.
Now they are about to close out their home season with four straight wins.
Dave Rennie has made just three changes to his starting squad from the one the Pumas defeated 27-8 in Townsville, with the Wallabies coach’s intent to continue the momentum.
There are two front pack changes with Pete Samu being promoted to Rob Leota at blindside flanker, with the Rebels big man missing an “unlucky” roster with Sean McMahon making his first gold appearance in four years after the bench.
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Brumbie’s lock Darcy Swain also switches with Matt Philip, who falls back on the bench.
In the rear, Nic White and Quade Cooper remain the halves, while Marika Koroibete’s early return to see family in Melbourne promoted Andrew Kellaway to the left wing and Jordan Petaia to start on the right wing.
Meanwhile, Greg Holmes becomes the oldest player to don a Wallabies jersey since World War II.
“It’s not a sentimental selection — it’s based on what we need and we think he can do a job for us,” said Rennie.
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Michael Hooper, who is the only Wallaby to start in every Test this year, said it was imperative that his side not take the foot off the gas against an injured Argentine side.
“We are fully aware that every test is difficult,” he said.
“We have to be in our game whether it’s New Zealand, Argentina or anyone else in this league or you’ll get stung.
“We know it’s coming our way and we need to understand that, be in our game, deliver what we can for 80 minutes and really build a performance that we’re proud of.”
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They will face the embarrassed Argentine side of Mario Ledesma for the second time in as many weeks, with the South Americans missing out on a number of players, including former captain Pablo Matera.
Matera, who will join the Crusaders at the end of the season, was one of six players who decided to travel south of the border for a health retreat and thus avoid playing the final game of The Rugby Championship wormed through crossing the border.
WALLABIES (15-1): Reece Hodge; Jordan Petaia, Len Ikitau, Samu Kerevi, Andrew Kellaway; Quade Cooper, Nic White; Rob Valetini, Michael Hooper (c), Pete Samu; Darcy Swain, Izack Rodda; Taniela Tupou, Sailing, James Slipper
RESERVES: Lachlan Lonergan, Angus Bell, Greg Holmes, Matt Philip, Sean McMahon, Jack Gordon, James O’Connor, Tom Wrightmp
THE PUMA’S (15-1): Juan Cruz Mallia; Matias Moroni, Lucio Cinti, Santiago Chocobares, Emiliano Boffelli; Santiago Carreras, Gonzalo Bertranou, Rodrigo Bruni; Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez; Tomas Lavanini, Guido Petti; Enrique Pieretto, Julian Montoya (c), Rodrigo Martinez
RESERVES: Facundo Bosch, Thomas Gallo, Eduardo Bello, Matias Alemanno, Francisco Gorrissen, Gonzalo Garcia, Domingo Miotti, Mateo Carreras
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