2021 Rugby Championship – New Zealand vs Argentina Preview & Prediction

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THE FACTS

When is New Zealand vs Argentina taking place? New Zealand vs Argentina will take place on Sunday 12th September, 2021 at 08:05 (UK)

Where is New Zealand vs Argentina taking place? New Zealand vs Argentina will take place at Cbus Super Stadium in Gold Coast

Where can I get tickets for New Zealand vs Argentina? Ticket information for New Zealand vs Argentina can be found on each country’s official rugby union website

What TV channel is New Zealand vs Argentina on in the UK? Sky Sports will be showing New Zealand vs Argentina live

Where can I stream New Zealand vs Argentina in the UK? Sky Sports subscribers can stream New Zealand vs Argentina live on Sky Go

THE TEAM NEWS

New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Sevu Reece, 13 Anton Lienert-Brown, 12 David Havili, 11 George Bridge, 10 Beauden Barrett, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Luke Jacobson, 7 Dalton Papalii, 6 Akira Ioane, 5 Scott Barrett, 4 Brodie Retallick (c), 3 Nepo Laulala, 2 Asafo Aumua, 1 Karl Tu’inukuafe

Replacements: 16 Samisoni Taukei’aho, 17 Joe Moody, 18 Tyrel Lomax, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Ethan Blackadder, 21 Brad Weber, 22 Damian McKenzie, 23 Rieko Ioane

Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Bautista Delguy, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Jeronimo De La Fuente, 11 Santiago Cordero, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 8 Rodrigo Bruni, 7 Marcos Kremer, 6 Pablo Matera, 5 Matias Alemanno, 4 Guido Petti, 3 Santiago Medrano, 2 Julian Montoya (c), 1 Facundo Gigena

Replacements: 16 Facundo Bosch, 17 Carlos Muzzio, 18 Enrique Pieretto, 19 Tomas Lavanini, 20 Juan Martin Gonzalez Samso, 21 Gonzalo Garcia, 22 Santiago Chocobares, 23 Emiliano Boffelli

THE PREDICTION

New Zealand are well set to romp to victory here as they hope to reclaim the Rugby Championship from last season’s absent reigning champions South Africa. After wrapping up the Bledisloe Cup with room to spare in a third-successive victory over Australia to the tune of 21-38, the All Blacks should have little trouble beating Argentina with the Pumas not quite the surprise package they were last season. Argentina gave a fair account of themselves in two defeats to a confident Springboks’ outfit in August and they will stand a good chance at upsetting the Wallabies later this month but this test is a step too far. Take the All Blacks to get the job done by covering -15, no matter what XV they send out.

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