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The Wallabies will open their Rugby Championship campaign against Argentina in Mendoza.

Dave Rennie’s men are hungry to bounce back after a disappointing 2-1 series defeat to England in July.

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However, they will have to do it without captain Michael Hooper, with the defending John Eales Medalist withdrawing due to personal reasons.

They face an Argentina side full of confidence after their series win over Scotland on home soil.

It will be the first time Michael Cheika will face off against his old side, making a number of changes from their third Test heroics.

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Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallía, 14 Santiago Cordero, 13 Matias Orlando, 12 Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11 Emiliano Boffelli, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Tomas Cubelli, 8 Pablo Matera, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Juan Martín González Samso, 5 Tomás Lavanini, 4 Matías Alemanno, 3 Francisco Gómez Kodela, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Thomas Gallo, 18 Joel Sclavi, 19 Santiago Grondona, 20 Rodrigo Bruni, 21 Lautaro Bazán Vélez, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Matias Moroni.

Australia:15 Tom Wright, 14 Jordan Petaia, 13 Len Ikitau, 12 Hunter Paisami, 11 Marika Koroibete, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Nic White, 8 Rob Valetini, 7 Fraser McReight, 6 Jed Holloway, 5 Matt Philip, 4 Darcy Swain, 3 Allan Alaalatoa, 2 Folau Fainga’a, 1 James Slipper (captain)

Replacements: 16 Lachlan Lonergan, 17 Matt Gibbon, 18 Taniela Tupou, 19 Nick Frost, 20 Rob Leota, 21 Pete Samu, 22 Jake Gordon, 23 Reece Hodge.

Referee: Mike Adamson (Scotland)

Assistant referees: Karl Dickson (England), Chris Busby (Ireland)

TMO:Marius van der Westhuizen [South Africa]

The first Test between the Wallabies and Argentina will kick off at 5:10 am AEST at the Estadio Malvinas Argentinas on Sunday August 7.

Coverage will be ad-free from 4:45 am AEST and continue throughout the game on Stan Sport.

This will follow the Springboks hosting the All Blacks, which is slated to kick off at 1:00 am.

The Wallabies v Argentina series will be shown only on Stan Sport.

The first test will be ad-free, live and on demand, with extended coverage on Stan Sport from 4:45am AEST.

This will also be the case for the second Test, with the games against South Africa and the All Blacks simulcast on the Nine Network.

The Wallabies’ game against Argentina is not on free-to-air TV, with only home games and the Bledisloe covered by the Nine Network.

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