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If the Pumas beat the All Blacks by more than 15 points in Buenos Aires, the All Blacks will lose their No 1 ranking to Wales, who would take over the mantle for the first time in their history.
It certainly isn’t the most experienced All Blacks team you will ever see, with five players yet to make their debut included in the matchday 23. Sevu Reece starts on the right wing in his debut, while Atu Moli, Braydon Ennor, Josh Ioane and Luke Jacobson are poised to make their mark on the game off the bench.
Of the 23 selected for the game by coach Mario Ledesma, only three do not play for the country’s only Super Rugby franchise, with No10 Nicolas Sanchez (Stade Francais), tighthead prop Juan Figallo (Montpellier) and reserve half-back Felipe Ezcurra (Leicester) earning a spot in the side.
— Los Pumas (@lospumas) July 20, 2019
The All Blacks have won 27 of the 28 previous meetings between the two sides, with a solitary draw in 1985.
ARGENTINA: 15. Emiliano Boffelli; 14. Matías Moroni, 13. Matías Orlando, 12. Jerónimo de la Fuente, 11. Ramiro Moyano; 10. Nicolás Sánchez, 9. Tomás Cubelli; 8. Javier Ortega Desio, 7. Marcos Kremer, 6. Pablo Matera (capt), 5. Tomas Lavanini, 4. Guido Petti, 3. Juan Figallo, 2. Agustín Creevy, 1. Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro. Replacements: 16. Julián Montoya, 17. Mayco Vivas, 18. Santiago Medrano, 19. Matías Alemanno, 20. Tomás Lezana, 21. Felipe Ezcurra, 22. Joaquín Díaz Bonilla, 23. Joaquín Tuculet.
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ALL BLACKS: 15. Ben Smith; 14. Sevu Reece, 13. Anton Lienert-Brown, 12. Ngani Laumape, 11. Jordie Barrett; 10. Beauden Barrett, 9. Aaron Smith; 8. Ardie Savea, 7. Sam Cane (capt), 6. Vaea Fifita, 5. Patrick Tuipulotu, 4. Brodie Retallick, 3. Angus Ta’avao, 2. Dane Coles, 1. Ofa Tuungafasi. Replacements: 16. Liam Coltman, 17. Atu Moli, 18. Nepo Laulala, 19. Jackson Hemopo, 20. Luke Jacobson, 21. Brad Weber, 22. Josh Ioane, 23. Braydon Ennor.
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