All Blacks vs. Argentina: Kickoff time, how to watch, teams, odds, Prediction, Score Update

Md. Abdus Salam

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All Blacks vs. Argentina

All you need to know before Saturday’s first test between the All Blacks & the Pumas at Orangetheory Stadium Christchurch (kickoff at 7:45pm)

The All Blacks hope that Saturday’s Rugby Championship test at Christchurch between Argentina and New Zealand will be a “new dawn”.

New Zealand Rugby made it clear to its fans. NZR was glowing in its praises of Ian Foster, the head coach it had reappointed through the 2023 World Cup. Foster was its only choice to lead the All Blacks in this new era.

NZR’s chairman, chief executive Mark Robinson, painted Foster as a visionary and leader who would bring New Zealand back up to the top of world rugby. The All Blacks are currently in fifth place, their lowest ever ranking in the world.

Robinson didn’t know what might happen to the All Blacks if they lose to Argentina on Sat., but he did say that it would temporarily delay the dawn.

All Blacks supporters would never consider losing to Argentina as likely. The All Blacks had not lost to the Pumas for 29 matches until Foster became their first coach to lose in 2020.

The All Blacks may face the Pumas squad in their first Christchurch test in six years. It could be one of the most intimidating they have ever faced. Michael Cheika, the former Wallabies coach has helped the team regain their energy and will be taking the All Blacks into the match after a win of 48-17 over Australia.

The All Blacks will be looking to replicate the win in Johannesburg over the Springboks World Cup champions. New Zealand Rugby supported Foster’s victory two weeks ago. While the victory in Johannesburg was important for a struggling coach and team, it won’t be the same if the All Blacks lose again to the Pumas.

Foster knows that one win over South Africa won’t be enough to lift the All Blacks off their feet or alleviate public concern. An informal survey done on a New Zealand media website revealed that more than 80 percent opposed Foster being reappointed.

“There is plenty of pressure when playing for the All Blacks. Foster explained that learning how to manage pressure is key. It can take many forms. Sometimes it is geared toward people and sometimes at performance. That is what you have to embrace.

“We know that one win is not enough. We want to grow this year. We have a championship that we need to win, so we will keep our eyes on it.”

After their 26-10 loss in the first test, the All Blacks showed significant improvement against the Springboks. They chose two younger props, who both improved set piece performance and mobility in loose. Beauden Barrett was replaced by Richie Mo’unga at No 10. Richie Mo’unga eliminated the all-too-serious kicking that has been part the All Blacks’ game. Mo’unga also honed in on the All Blacks attack.

Joe Schmidt, former Ireland head coach, was a key figure in the New Zealand team’s preparation. Schmidt could bring more direction, which is what All Blacks fans can hope for.

Cheika may be the most knowledgeable person to understand Foster’s situation. Foster was subject to similar opposition as he coached Australia 34 times in 68 matches, reaching its peak with a run into the 2015 World Cup final. Cheika, now a Pumas coach and enjoying a new lease of life, said Foster should also enjoy the pressure of coaching All Blacks.

“He is the coach of New Zealand.” “They’re one the best rugby nations in the world,” Chieka told Sky Sport’s The Breakdown. “He will love it. It doesn’t really matter how hard it is. This is the nature of footy: it can get tough.

Cheika claimed that Cheika is the right person to fill the national head coaching position.

“It’s a great honour if you’re there and love it,” he stated. “You get to be involved in footy every single day. It doesn’t matter how hard it gets. It’s part of the game, just like being a player.

Late kickoff

Because Australia’s match against South Africa is being played in Adelaide at 5.30pm, the usual All Blacks Tests kickoff time of 7.05pm has been changed to 7.45pm.