New Zealand


Rugby U


Morning all, who is up for some rugby? The All Blacks are taking on The Pumas.... can Argentina snap a seven match losing streak away from home?

Here is the line up today as the Argentina players jog out onto the pitch

And here come the All Blacks - a few new names in the team, a few new combinations but by no means are they any less dangerous.... all I need to say is Milner-Skudder, Barrett, Sonny Bill and Dagg and it must send shivers down the Pumas defenders necks...

So so far then, Argentina have lost twice to South Africa whilst New Zealand have beaten Australia. Those two are tied at the top of the table. Australia v South Africa is later on today, live on here of course!

We are in New Plymouth for this one - dry so far, perfect conditions but apparently rain is around.... but let's face it, that probably favours NZ too.

Oooo haka time.... yep they look in the mood. Watch out Pumas. I have a nasty feeling this one might not stay close for long.

Gardner is our ref, and Argentina are kicking off as the rain begins to fall....

1 min - Sonny Bill catches the kick off, and NZ clear for the first line out of the game. Easily safely taken by ARG and they have attacking ball in NZ half...

2 mins - ARG go for a grubber but it winds up with Barrett who clears - badly. ARG ball again. Working the phases but that All Black defensive line looks pretty solid. Attempted drop goal from the Pumas but it misses by miles.

4 mins - NZ finally get some possession but uncharacteristically Romano spills it. Scrum ARG. NZ pack 22Kg heavier if that sort of stat floats your boat. ARG packs of old were fearsome - this one is less experienced, what sort of damage can they do? Free kick ARG and Creevy makes yards. They are making good ground here, into the 22...