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PREVEIW: All Blacks v Argentina second Test

After overcoming a fervent Pumas side in Hamilton earlier in the Investec Rugby Championship, the All Blacks now have the added pressure of a passionate crowd in Buenos Aires to contend with as they aim for their 16th straight Test win.

Match details: All Blacks v Argentina, 11.10am, Sunday 2 October (NZT), Estadio Jose Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires

Matches played: 23
All Blacks won: 22
Draw: 1
Last match: All Blacks 57, Argentina 22 (September 10, 2016)
Largest All Blacks winning margin: 93-8 (1997)

The All Blacks have made several changes to the side which played South Africa in Christchurch. In the loose forwards, Liam Squire replaces the injured Jerome Kaino for his first Test start with Elliot Dixon coming onto the bench. In the second row, Patrick Tuipulotu starts at lock with Sam Whitelock moving to the bench. In the backs, TJ Perenara starts at halfback for the first time in 2016 with Tawera Kerr-Barlow on the bench. Anton Lienert-Brown starts in the number 13 jersey while potential Test debutant Damian McKenzie provides cover for the outside backs from the bench. Argentina have made three changes to their starting lineup from the side that faced Australia two weeks ago. Martin Landajo returns at halfback, Guido Petti at lock and Javier Ortega Desio shifts to openside flanker. On the bench, midfielder Jeronimo de la Fuente is poised to make his Rugby Championship debut in the 22 jersey.


In the Hamilton Test, Argentina took the game to the All Blacks in the opening 50 minutes and won a number of key one-on-one battles. Once again the clashes at hooker and halfback will be crucial. Agustin Creevy is a world class operator in the number two jersey and will be looking to unsettle Dane Coles like he did in Hamilton. Coles bounced back from his Hamilton performance by putting on a masterclass against South Africa in Christchurch and will be motivated by facing Creevy on the Argentinian’s home turf. At halfback, Martin Landajo had the edge on Aaron Smith in Hamilton and will be looking to get on top of TJ Perenara early in his first Test start in 2016.

All Blacks first five-eighth Beauden Barrett says the All Blacks must match the Pumas intensity from the outset.
Damian McKenzie had a breakout year with the Chiefs in Investec Super Rugby and has waited patiently for an opportunity in the All Blacks match day 23 in 2016. With ball in hand, McKenzie led the Super Rugby statistics in defenders beaten (67), metres made (1304) and carries (215) and was second on the try scoring ladder with 10 tries. At just 21-years-old, McKenzie will become All Black number 1154 if he takes the field in Buenos Aires.

With 24 tries in the 2016 Investec Rugby Championship, the All Blacks need one more try to break the record for most tries scored during a single Rugby Championship/Tri Nations campaign.

New Zealand: 15: Ben Smith 14: Israel Dagg 13: Anton Lienert-Brown 12: Ryan Crotty 11: Julian Savea 10: Beauden Barrett 9: TJ Perenara 8: Kieran Read 7: Ardie Savea 6: Liam Squire 5: Brodie Retallick 4: Patrick Tuipulotu 3: Owen Franks 2: Dane Coles 1: Joe Moody
16: Codie Taylor 17: Wyatt Crockett 18: Ofa Tu’ungafasi 19: Samuel Whitelock 20: Elliot Dixon 21: Tawera Kerr-Barlow 22: Lima Sopoaga 23: Damian McKenzie

Argentina: 15: Joaquin Tuculet 14: Santiago Cordero 13: Matias Moroni 12: Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias 11: Ramiro Moyano 10: Nicolas Sanchez 9: Martin Landajo 8: Facundo Isa 7: Javier Ortega Desio 6: Pablo Matera, 5: Matias Alemanno 4: Guido Petti 3: Ramiro Herrera 2: AgustIn Creevy 1: Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro.
16: Julian Montoya 17: Lucas Noguera 18: Enrique Pieretto 19: Juan Manuel Leguizamon 20: Leonardo Senatore 21: Tomas Cubelli 22: Jeronimo de la Fuente 23: Matias Orlando.