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New Zealand Team Named To Play Argentina

The All Blacks have made two big call-ups to their starting XV for the match against Argentina.

After dominant wins over Australia, Steve Hansen’s side can afford to rest some of their key players as they host Argentina this Saturday in the third fixture of the Rugby Championship.

This has afforded two players an opportunity to impress and break their way into the side.

First up is Nehe Milner-Skudder. The wing/fullback has eleven caps for his country so far, and comes in at 14 for Jordie Barrett.

Richie Mo’unga has also got the nod in the number ten role, and a chance to really become a mainstay in the squad behind Beauden Barrett.

The Crusaders player made his official test debut against France in June, and has a promising future at the age of just 24.

Shannon Frizell also starts having earned his first cap in the same French encounter.

The New Zealand team against Argentina:

Team (15-1) Ben Smith; Nehe Milner-Skudder, Jack Goodhue, Ngani Laumape, Waisake Naholo; Richie Mo’unga, TJ Perenara; Kieran Read (capt), Ardie Savea, Shannon Frizell; Scott Barrett, Brodie Retallick; Owen Franks, Codie Taylor, Karl Tu’inukuafe.

Replacements: Nathan Harris, Tim Perry, Ofa Tuungafasi, Samuel Whitelock, Luke Whitelock, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown.

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