Argentina preparing plan for All Blacks

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    01 Sep 2016     Getty Images

They will play the All Blacks in Hamilton next weekend before playing Australia in Perth.

Coach Daniel Hourcade said on the UAR's [Argentine Rugby Union] website that the team was getting greater consistency and adapting to the pace of play required in the Championship.


While they were up against the No.1 team in the world, the All Blacks, they were preparing their plan for the game.

"We will prepare a strategy to try to win as we have always done," he said.

"The aim of this tour, and every game we play, is to get better at the game. We want to correct the things that were not done well because we face the hardest tour in this tournament for us.

"We are looking forward to playing against the best team in the world who have come off a great series against Australia, but that does not intimidate us, on the contrary, it motivates us," he said.

A third player is out of the tour with centre Jeronimo de la Fuente failing a medical test. He has been replaced by Gabriel Ascarate.

Lock Tomas Lavanini will not tour as he has an anterior cruciate ligament injury which requires surgery and he is expected to be out for six months while wing Manuel Montero was unable to tour after suffering a torn thigh muscle.

While Juan Martin Hernandez and Nicolas Sanchez suffered head knocks at the weekend but have been included in the touring party.

Three halfbacks have been included in the side, Martin Landajo, Tomas Cubelli and Felipe Ezcurra.

The Pumas were still bubbling after their win over South Africa, their first on home soil, at the weekend.

Matias Orlando said the side had been waiting a long time for the win and achieving it this year was one of their goals in the Rugby Championship.

"We are very happy because we achieved this victory with a lot of work, doing on the field what we had been practicing in training.

"We had a game plan and we won by sticking to that. There were injuries we suffered but we stayed committed.

"This will make us strong. This win is worth a lot because a lot of guys had to play in unfamiliar positions but they still succeeded," he said.