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The pressure is on Dan Carter to reignite his running game against Argentina on Saturday as New Zealand embark on their Rugby Championship title defence.
The Argentina and All Black clash in Christchurch opens the fourth edition of The Rugby Championship, a tournament the All Blacks have always won and in which they have an impressive record of 16 wins, one draw and one loss from 18 games.
Both coaches will be juggling combinations through the Southern Hemisphere competition to best prepare for the global tournament in England in September and October.
History certainly favours New Zealand having never lost to Argentina but with Los Pumas fielding a renowned forward pack, conditions are ripe for a tense, tight battle in temperatures expected to be around freezing point.
But All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is keen to see Carter, the world’s leading Test points scorer, up the pace of the game and bring more variety to his play.
Carter won the World Player of the Year award when his peerless running game helped the All Blacks trounce the British and Irish Lions 3-1 in their 2005 Test series.
It is part of his game that has drifted off in recent years and if the All Blacks telegraph anything before the World Cup it will be Hansen’s drive to bring it back.
“I think he can create more danger by carrying and once he gets that back into his game then he’s a very, very dangerous attacker because he can carry, he can pass and he can kick,” Hansen said.
The All Blacks have made six changes to the side that under-performed against Samoa last week, including the introduction of wing Waisake Naholo, the top try scorer in Super Rugby this year.
Naholo and fellow wing Julian Savea run off the end of a backline that features a powerful centres pairing of Ma’a Nonu and Sonny Bill Williams outside Carter.
Argentina coach Daniel Hourcade, whose side have only one win at home against Australia from three years in the competition, fears his team face a backlash from an All Blacks unit embarrassed by being held to a 25-16 win by Samoa last week.
“Surely, they are going to correct what they have done. That’s why they are the best team in the world,” he said.
Argentina captain Augustin Creevy said his side would have to be at the best to get near the All Blacks, which will not be easy with the Pumas forced to rest some players, including star playmaker Juan Martin Hernandez, who have just completed an arduous season in Europe.
Their run-on side includes three players – Santiago Cordero, Facunda Isa and Guido Petti Pagadizabal – who have not experienced Rugby Championship pressure before.
New Zealand All Blacks: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Waisake Naholo, 13 Ma’a Nonu, 12 Sonny Bill Williams, 11 Charles Piutau, 10 Daniel Carter, 9 TJ Perenara, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (captain), 6 Jerome Kaino, 5 Brodie Retallick, 4 Luke Romano, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Keven Mealamu, 1 Tony Woodcock.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Nepo Laulala, 19 Jeremy Thrush, 20 Liam Messam, 21 Andy Ellis, 22 Colin Slade, 23 Ryan Crotty.
Argentina Pumas : 15 Joaquin Tuculet, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Marcelo Bosch, 12 Jerónimo De la Fuente, 11 Cordero Santiago, 10 Nicolas Sanchez, 9 Thomas Cubelli, 8 Facundo Isa, 7 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 6 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 5 Guido Petti Pagadizabal, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Ramiro Herrera, 2 Agustin Creevy (captain), 1 Marcos Ayerza.
Replacements: 16 Julian Montoya, 17 Lucas Noguera, 18 Nahuel Chaparro Tetaz, 19 Benjamin Macome, 20 Javier Ortega Desio, 21 Martin Landajo, 22 Santiago González Iglesias, 23 Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino.