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Last Updated: Thursday, 16 August 2007, 17:54 GMT 18:54 UK
Loffreda names strong Pumas side
Felipe Contepomi
Felipe Contepomi is moved to inside centre for the Wales game
Argentina coach Marcelo Loffreda has named a strong side for Saturday's World Cup warm-up encounter with Wales at the Millennium Stadium.

Agustín Pichot captains the side with Federico Todeschini at fly-half and Felipe Contepomi playing inside centre.

The Pumas beat Wales twice in Argentina last year, though Wales have the better record, winning six of 10 encounters.

"Wales are as tough as an opponent as the ones we'll face in the World Cup, said coach Marcelo Loffreda.

He added: "Saturday's opposition are a team who lost their last game and will look to clinch a victory on Saturday.

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"I don't know if their style is the same as France or Ireland, but they play a very important tournament every year, the Six Nations, so they will be a difficult team to beat."

The Pumas are not strangers to winning in Cardiff - they beat Wales in 2001.


Argentina team to face Wales at the Millennium Stadium on 18 August, 1430 BST:

Argentina: Serra; Borges, Gaitán, F Contepomi, Corleto; Todeschini, Pichot (capt); Roncero, Ledesma, Scelzo, IF Lobbe, Albacete, Leguizamón, JF Lobbe, Longo.
Replacements: Basualdo, Bonorino, Alvarez, Durand, Vergallo, M Contepomi, Agulla.



SEE ALSO
Puma power: Argentinian rugby
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Wales v Argentina: Full record
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