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Pumas ready for All Blacks challenge

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    04 Sep 2016     Getty Images

As the Pumas prepared to fly to New Zealand, Senatore said being back training with the team was always good after a period of inactivity.

It helped him get back up to speed which would be important in New Zealand.

"I really want to play and there is nothing better than the challenge of facing the best team in the world," he told the Argentine rugby website.

"I do not know if I will play, but it would be nice," he said.

Playing in New Zealand was always tough but even before the tournament started the goal was to be in the team for the tour to New Zealand and Australia.

"All the teams in the world want to beat New Zealand. They are so different to other teams. It is a big challenge and one we love. We know we will have to do everything right if we are to achieve a win," he said.

After their win at home against South Africa last weekend the Pumas were confident ahead of the tour and they were coming to New Zealand with the goal of winning.

It would overcome one of the few remaining barriers to the Argentine game – a win over the All Blacks.

"If we get the upper hand we need to translate that into the result. We know that if we prepare properly this team has the ability to beat anybody," he said.

Halfback Nicolas Sanchez said discipline would be crucial to Argentina succeeding.

"We head to New Zealand in the best shape after our win over South Africa, but we know that the challenge of this tour is even greater.

"We know that New Zealand is a step up from all countries, but as a team we need to focus on our performance, to prepare well and to forget about our rival.

"The All Blacks are always at a high level and I think that while there are new names in the side there are no big difference between this team and the World Cup winners from last year," he said.