PREVIEW: All Blacks v Argentina second Test

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Andy Burt     29 Sep 2017     Getty Images

Match details:
All Blacks v Argentina, 11.40am, Sunday 1 October (NZT), Buenos Aires, Argentina

Matches played: 25
All Blacks won: 24
Draw: 1
Last match: All Blacks 39, Argentina 22 (September 9, 2017)
Largest All Blacks winning margin: 93-8 (1997)

The main talking points of the All Blacks 23 is the selection of debutant David Havili on the bench as outside back cover and the return of powerful lock Patrick Tuipulotu for the first time in 2017. Waisake Naholo is on the right wing in place of Nehe Milner Skudder from the South Africa Test. The locking combination is also new with Scott Barrett and Luke Romano replacing Sam Whitelock and Brodie Retallick. The Pumas have made four changes to the side that lost to Australia with the return of 79-Test loose forward Juan Manuel Leguizamon the most notable. 34-year-old Leguizamon is a talismanic player who will provide plenty of hard running and leadership in the pack.


Initially rested for the Argentinian leg, Beauden Barrett received the call-up the day before the side departed due to the birth of Lima Sopoaga’s first child. Barrett will be happy to have the chance to continue his hot form in the 2017 Rugby Championship. With ball in hand, Barrett has set the tournament alight. His 49 carries are more than any other player in the competition while he has played a hand in nine tries (three tries, six assists) – more tries than Argentina has scored as a team. His battle with Pumas’ pivot Nicolas Sanchez will be one to watch out for.
After a breakout season with the Crusaders, David Havili is poised to make his debut for the All Blacks from the bench. Coach Steve Hansen said: “He’s a quality rugby player, we saw that through the Super Rugby season and is worthy of being here. The next step in his progression is to put the jersey on and go out and do it proud.”
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade says his side is prepared to face the challenge of the All Blacks. "Playing the All Blacks always represents a special challenge because it means facing the best team in the world and that motivates you in a very special way. We have to be attentive to everything because at the slightest carelessness they take advantage of you and score you points."


The All Blacks are the only team in the Investec Rugby Championship yet to lose a scrum this season with 32 scrums won. They also have the best lineout success rate (93%) and ruck success rate (96%).

TEAMS (Test caps in brackets)
1. Lucas Noguera Paz, 2. Agustin Creevy ©, 3. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro, 4. Guido Petti, 5. Tomas Lavanini, 6. Pablo Matera, 7. Tomas Lezana, 8. Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 9. Tomas Cubelli, 10. Nicolas Sanchez, 11. Emiliano Boffelli, 12. Jeronimo de la Fuente, 13. Matias Orlando, 14. Matias Moroni, 15. Joaquin Tuculet
Reserves: 16. Julian Montoya, 17. Santiago Garcia Botta, 18. Ramiro Herrera, 19. Marcos Kremer, 20. Javier Ortega Desio, 21. Martin Landajo, 22. Juan Martin Hernandez, 23. Santiago Cordero

All Blacks: 1. Kane Hames (3) 2. Dane Coles (52) 3. Nepo Laulala (7) 4. Luke Romano (28) 5. Scott Barrett (11) 6. Vaea Fifita (2) 7. Matt Todd (8) 8. Kieran Read (104) – Captain 9. Aaron Smith (65) 10. Beauden Barrett (57) 11. Rieko Ioane (7) 12. Sonny Bill Williams (40) 13. Anton Lienert-Brown (17) 14. Waisake Naholo (13) 15. Damian McKenzie (6)
Reserves: 16. Codie Taylor (23) 17. Wyatt Crockett (65) 18. Ofa Tu’ungafasi (8) 19. Patrick Tuipulotu (12) 20. Ardie Savea (20) 21. TJ Perenara (37) 22. Ngani Laumape (3) 23. David Havili - uncapped