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Castle Lager Rugby Championship – All Blacks v Argentina


Sundays double header in the third round of this season Castle Lager Championship will see the All Blacks taking on Argentina and All Black coach Foster has warned his players to expect a massive onslaught from the Pumas.

Foster has made a few changes to his side from the side that beat Australia last weekend in Perth.

The All Blacks are leading the table after two rounds with Argentina without any points but third at the moment as they have a better points difference after their two teats agains the Springboks.

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He has given the captaincy to Brodie Retallick who takes the captains armband over from Savea who led the All Blacks last weekend. He suffered a head knock last weekend and will not play this weekend.

All-in-All he made six changes to his side for this one against Argentina.

There will no complacency in the All Blacks side going into this match after the shock loss last year in the Tri-Nations against the South Americans.

With Savea out this weekend, Luke Jacobson will start this weekend with Dalton Papalii and Akira Ioane as the loose trio combination.

In the front row Foster also made some changes with Asafo Aumua earning a start inlace of Taylor this weekend. He will be joined in the front row by Karl Tu’inukuafe who takes over from Bower and Nepo Laulala.

Scott Barrett will join his captain in the second row to complete the tight five for the All Blacks.

TJ Perenara gets his chance at nine this weekend in place of Weber who take his place in the bench.

Beauden Barrett takes again the number ten jumper and his brother Jordie Barrett will again be at fifteen after he was cleared from his red card.

The formidable Anton Lienert-Brown and David Havili will take their place in the midfield and will be a handful for the Argentinians this Sunday.

George Bridge and Sevu Reece will complete the back three with Barrett.

For the Pumas we see Sanchez coming back in the starting XV for the All Black clash. He comes in for Miotti.

There are seven changes in total for the Pumas with four of those changes in the back line.

On the wings we will see Santiago Cordero and Bautista Delguy joining Juan Cruz Mallia to form the back three. In the midfield Mario Ledesma went with the brilliant Matias Moroni and Jeronimo de la Fuente.

Gonzalo Bertranou will form the halfback pair with Sanchez.

In the pack Rodrigo Bruni will pack down at number eight with Marcos Kremer and Pablo Matera on the side of the scrum.

Matias Alemanno and Guido Petti will pack down in the second row with Santiago Medrano and Facundo Gigena packing next to their captain Julian Montoya in the front row.

The All Blacks are clear favourites for this one, but one never know what you get when you play Argentina, one just hope the will not try that negative play we saw in their last test against the Springboks.

This match will be on SuperSport at 08:50 on Sunday with Nic Berry from Australia the man in the middle, so don’t miss out.


New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick (captain), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Rieko Ioane.

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo de la Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 1 Facundo Gigena

Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Carloe Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Santiago Chocobares, 23 Emiliano Boffelli