Super Rugby has helped Pumas - Hourcade

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    27 Sep 2016     Getty Images

Argentina host the All Blacks on Sunday (NZT) in Buenos Aires but may have to do without the services of inspirational captain Agustin Creevy who sustained an injury in Argentina's loss to Australia last week. Creevy and lock Guido Petti were being evaluated during the week to see if they can play.

However, Juan Martin Hernandez is out for a month due to a meniscus injury.

"Playing New Zealand and Australia is helping us continue to gain experience, to improve our game and to continue to grow as we build towards our main objective, the 2019 World Cup.

"Each opponent we face in the meantime will be part of that process and whether we win or not will depend on what we do on the field, but the goal always is to achieve the best possible result," he said.

It was helpful to have played the two trans-Tasman sides recently because it gave an accurate measure of differences between the sides in different areas of the game.

"It allows you to better analyse and emphasise the details for each match," he said.

"It is a long and hard season, but it's just what we wanted. We have to adapt to different but the experience we have had with Super Rugby has helped the Pumas.

"I have no doubt that this is helping us grow and will help us meet our goals," he said.

On an already tough schedule travel wise, after the All Blacks Test, the Pumas will be off to England where they will play Australia at Twickenham in their final game of this year's Championship.