Agustin Pichot will captain the 30-man Pumas squad, which has been announced as one of the first final squads. Not surprisingly Leinster fly-half Felipe Contepomi and Stade Francais full-back Juan Martin Hernandez are also named, the surprise names are Horacio Agulla and Federico Serra who were not in the original 41 preliminary squad named at the beginning of July. Pichot, who will be 33 next month, is the sole surviving member of the Argentina squad that went to South Africa for RWC’95.
The Pumas are in Pool D alongside France, Ireland, Georgia and Namibia and will kick off the tournament against the hosts on September 7.
Backs: Ignacio Corleto, Horacio Agulla, Juan Martin Hernandez, Federico Serra, Lucas Borges, Jose Nunez Piossek, Manuel Contepomi, Gonzalo Tiesi, Martin Gaitan, Felipe Contepomi, Federico Todeschini, Agustin Pichot (captain), Nicolas Fernandez Miranda
Forwards: Gonzalo Longo, Martin Durand, Juan Manuel Leguizamon, Martin Schusterman, Lucas Ostiglia, Juan Fernandez Lobbe, Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe, Rimas Alvarez, Esteban Lozada, Patricio Albacete, Omar Hasan, Rodrigo Roncero, Martin Scelzo, Marcos Ayerza, Mario Ledesma, Alberto Vernet Basualdo, Santiago Gonzalez Bonorino.