All Blacks name squad to take on Argentina

All Blacks name squad to take on Argentina

On the championship table, the All Blacks are eight points clear of South Africa who they play in the final round next week.

But David Havili scored with the last play of the game to cap off his debut with a memorable try and give the All Blacks some added gloss to the scoreline.

The All Blacks were handed their fifth title in six years thanks to the Springboks and the Wallabies recording their second straight draw in the competition.

The All Blacks made nine changes to their squad to face Argentina on Thursday with one eye on the next World Cup as they looked to clinch the Rugby Championship with a game to spare.

The Pumas know if they can eliminate the kind of lapse that allowed three late All Black tries in New Plymouth, they might keep New Zealand under enough pressure to record a historic win.

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The 14-point loss to the Chiefs is their worst loss during that span, and five of games were decided by 7 points or less. The Eagles were really lucky to survive last week with that win, and the Chargers backs are against the wall.

For Argentina, back-rower Juan Manuel Leguizamon marked his 80th Test match with a second-half try but the hosts were well beaten. "We did a lot of things well - I thought we attacked well, we defended courageously at times".

Captain Kieran Read scored a brace while Damian McKenzie, Waisake Naholo and debutant David Havili also scored tries for New Zealand.

"We ended up with a half of rugby that we aren't overly excited about", said New Zealand coach Steve Hansen. "With 60 minutes gone it was a very, very tight test match, so clearly they got under our skin a little bit and we remember that and it's meant we've got plenty of motivation to prepare thoroughly this week".

"It was good for the less experienced boys in the team to sample playing in one of the toughest atmospheres in world rugby", said Read.