New Zealand suffered their first Rugby Championship loss in three years in Wellington. Photo: REUTERS/Ross Setford

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina - All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said his side has learnt lessons from their recent defeat at the hands of the Springboks.

Hansen said he was looking forward to seeing how his charges go about implementing the lessons against Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship Test at Jose Amalfitani Stadium in Buenos Aires.

"We've taken some key learnings from the loss to South Africa, which we look forward to implementing on Saturday. Our week's preparation starts off the field with our individual and collective clarity and builds during the week through our training. So far this week this has been very pleasing and everyone's been working really hard. We're excited by Saturday's challenge and can't wait for kick-off." 

Hansen said the team had recovered well this week in Buenos Aires after travelling from New Zealand and was preparing for what would be the first of two tough away games for the All Blacks.  

"We've picked what we believe is the best team for this particular Test match. Argentina are a very good side who have shown they can win both away and at home. They're full of confidence and self-belief which will make them a very dangerous beast," he said.  

"From a selection point of view, we've always seen these next two Test matches as a great opportunity to replicate the knockout stages of the Rugby World Cup, where we'll have to beat quality teams back-to-back if we are to keep advancing in the tournament. 

"One of the keys to achieving this will be a consistency of selection, and that's why we haven't made too many changes this week. We'd also like to thank the people of Buenos Aires for their incredible hospitality this week. It's a fantastic place to visit and we really enjoy our time here." 

African News Agency (ANA)

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