Argentina head coach Michael Cheika has named his matchday 23 to face Japan in Nantes on Sunday, with Santiago Carreras (pictured) returning at fly-half in place of Nicolas Sanchez and prop Francisco Gómez Kodela making his first start since the opening-game defeat against England.

1 Thomas Gallo
2 Julian Montoya (c) 
3 Francisco Gómez Kodela 
4 Guido Petti Pagadizabal 
5 Tomas Lavanini
6 Pablo Matera
7 Marcos Kremer 
8 Juan Martin Gonzalez
9 Gonzalo Bertranou 
10 Santiago Carreras 
11 Mateo Carreras
12 Santiago Chocobares
13 Lucio Cinti 
14 Emiliano Boffelli 
15 Juan Cruz Mallia 

16 Agustín Creevy 
17 Joel Sclavi 
18 Eduardo Bello 
19 Matias Alemanno 
20 Pedro Rubiolo 
21 Lautaro Bazan Velez 
22 Nicolas Sanchez 
23 Matías Moroni

•    Head coach Michael Cheika has made 11 changes to his starting XV from the team who defeated Chile 59-5 last week, with only Guido Petti, Marcos Kremer, Juan Martin Gonzalez and Lucio Cinti retaining their places.
•    Marcos Kremer and Juan Martin Gonzalez are the only two Los Pumas players to have started every match at RWC 2023. 
•    Francisco Gómez Kodela starts for the first time since their opening match against England in Marseille. 
•    Guido Petti and Tomas Lavanini reunite in the second-row for the first time since September 2022, and for the 32nd time in their career. 
•    The top three, and five of Los Pumas top six most capped players of all-time are named in this match-day squad- Agustin Creevy (104), Nicolas Sanchez (100), Pablo Matera (97), Julian Montoya (91) and Matias Alemanno (90). 
•    Guido Petti has been their main target at lineout time, winning a competition-high 21 on their own throw. He will be jumping against Japanese lock Jack Cornelsen who has made the joint-most lineout steals (5) of any player at RWC 2023. 
•    Captain Julian Montoya has the third-highest success-rate of any hooker at RWC 2023, winning 93% on this throw.