Leicester Tigers hooker Julián Montoya has returned from injury to captain Argentina in their Rugby Championship opener against Australia in Mendoza on Saturday.

The 28-year-old is back in the starting team alongside a host of players set to star in next season’s Heineken Champions Cup, as head coach Michael Cheika makes several changes from the Pumas’ series-deciding win against Scotland last month.

Stade Toulousain’s Juan Cruz Mallía lines up at full-back with Union Bordeaux-Bègles’ Santiago Cordero and Edinburgh Rugby’s Emiliano Boffelli on the wings.

Gloucester Rugby’s Santiago Carreras is at fly-half, while clubmate Matías Alemanno starts at lock next to ASM Clermont Auvergne’s Tomás Lavanini.

Lyon prop Francisco Gómez Kodela and London Irish flanker Juan Martín González are the other Heineken Champions Cup names in the starting XV, with Irish’s Agustín Creevy, Stade Rochelais’ Joel Sclavi and Exeter Chiefs’ Santiago Grondona among the replacements.