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All Blacks make two changes for Argentina


Aaron Cruden has replaced injured Dan Carter in the All Black line up

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Article Published: Thursday 26 September 2013


New Zealand head coach Steve Hansen and his selectors have made two changes to the All Black team that played South Africa two weeks ago for this weekend's Rugby Championship match against Argentina.

One of the changes was injury enforced as Aaron Cruden comes in for the injured Daniel Carter in the 10 jersey.

In forwards Andrew Hore comes in as the starting hooker in what will be his 80th Test.

On the replacements bench there is just one change with Jeremy Thrush coming in as lock cover.

Kieran Read will again captain the team in the absence of the injured Richie McCaw.

All Blacks Head Coach Steve Hansen said, "This game has huge significance with regard to us having any chance of winning the Investec Rugby Championship.

"Playing Argentina at home is never an easy assignment so we have worked hard on, firstly, our recovery on arrival and, secondly, our preparation throughout the week. We know that we will have to be physically on top of our game and strategically smart.

"As always, we are expecting a huge challenge from the Argentina and a very vocal crowd but everyone is looking forward to embracing this challenge.

"The city of La Plata has had its difficulties since we were here last, with the flooding, so it is an opportunity for both teams to bring something positive to the region."

Commenting on the change in hooker, Hansen said: "We are very happy with where Dane is at and with his performances of late. But like a lot of the young players, we are also mindful of managing their game time as part of their development so have brought in Andrew to start this week."

New Zealand

1. Tony Woodcock, 2. Andrew Hore , 3. Owen Franks, 4. Brodie Retallick , 5. Samuel Whitelock , 6. Liam Messam , 7. Sam Cane , 8. Kieran Read (c), 9. Aaron Smith , 10. Aaron Cruden , 11. Julian Savea , 12. Ma'a Nonu , 13. Conrad Smith, 14. Ben Smith , 15. Israel Dagg

Replacements : 16. Keven Mealamu , 17. Wyatt Crockett , 18. Charlie Faumuina, 19. Jeremy Thrush, 20. Steven Luatua , 21. Tawera Kerr-Barlow , 22. Beauden Barrett , 23. Charles Piutau

 
 
Rugby Championship Standings
Nation Games Points    
P W L D PF PA PD BP Ttl
1. New Zealand 6 4 1 1 164 91 73 4 22
2. South Africa 6 4 2 0 134 110 24 3 19
3. Australia 6 2 3 1 115 160 -45 1 11
4. Argentina 6 1 5 0 105 157 -52 3 7
                     
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