BUENOS AIRES – Argentina have never beaten New Zealand at rugby in 32 matches but momentum on one side and personnel changes on the other mean they may never have a better chance to end that run than on Saturday in Buenos Aires.
The bulk of the Argentina team play for the Jaguares who this month reached the Super Rugby Championship final for the first time, beating three New Zealand sides on the way.
There is a sense among Argentine rugby fans that it could finally be their year and the addition of five European-based players to their squad has given the Pumas an extra boost.
“The victories over these franchises are liberating, because they came through hard work, they were deserved and showed we have what it takes to beat them (New Zealand teams),” said scrumhalf Tomas Cubelli.
“That gives us confidence and confidence is very important in sport. It’s shaping up to be a tight contest.”