Wallabies Search For Maiden Win

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Ben Mowen will captain Australia for the first time against Argentina. Image courtesy of dailytelegraph.com.au
Australia  has rung the changes ahead of its Rugby Championship showdown with Argentina  on Saturday night, having opened the competition with three successive defeats. The Wallabies had never lost to the Springboks in Brisbane but suffered an embarrassing 38-12 defeat to them last Saturday after losing to New Zealand on both previous weekends and will be determined to open their account in The Rugby Championship against the Pumas.

Brumbies skipper Ben Mowen will lead the Wallabies into battle less than three months after making his debut against the lines, with regular captain James Horwill injured and vice-captain Will Genia only on the bench. Nic White has been named as scrumhalf and takes his place in the starting XV for the first time, while Ben Alexander has been recalled at tighthead prop. Waratahs lock Sitaleki Timani and outside back Tevita Kuridrani return on the bench.

Like the Wallabies, Argentina is yet to win a match in The Rugby Championship this season, following back-to-back losses to South Africa and a 28-13 defeat to the All Blacks last week. The Pumas have made five changes for this fixture, with scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli getting his first Rugby Championship start.

Argentina hasn’t beaten Australia in a Test match since 1997 and hasn’t won in Australia since 1983 but couldn’t be meeting the Wallabies at a better time. The Wallabies are yet to win under Ewen McKenzie, have are missing several key players and were well below their best against the Springboks last weekend. With rain forecast in Perth on Saturday and both teams struggling, this could well be a scrappy, low scoring  contest but Australia should be too good if it can get anywhere near it's best form. 

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