Everything you need to know: All Blacks v Los Pumas
irb.com and James Mortimer 07 Sep 2013 Getty Images
The largest margin of defeat in this fixture came in June 1997. New Zealand came out victors winning 93-8 in Wellington.
New Zealand field a more experienced starting XV with a total of 663 caps compared to Argentina’s total of 428. Although Argentina field an older starting XV with an average age of 28 compared to New Zealand’s 27.
New Zealand have scored a total of 693 points in all competitions against Argentina and have managed to score 91 tries in the process compared to Argentina who have only scored 210 points and only 19 tries.
The first meeting between New Zealand and Argentina was in 1985 which finished in New Zealand beating the hosts’ 33-20 in Buenos Aires.
The last meeting between the two sides was in 2012 whereby the All Blacks came out victorious, winning 54-15 in La Plata.
New Zealand have the edge in terms of pack weight. New Zealand will have a 6kg per man weight advantage up front, weighing in at an average 116kg per man, compared to Argentina’s 110kg per man.
New Zealand will be playing their tenth match at Waikato Stadium having only lost on one occasion, in 2009 losing 32-29 to South Africa.
All Blacks first five-eighth Dan Carter is currently on 1399 test points, if he scores on Saturday he will become the first player to reach 1400 test points. He also needs one more try to reach a total of 30 tries in his test career and two more penalty goals to reach 250.
Captain Richie McCaw wins his 119th cap, equalling the record set by England’s Jason Leonard as the fourth most capped player in test history, while he will equal George Gregan’s record of 48 appearances in the Rugby Championship/Tri Nations.
If New Zealand beat Argentina they will equal France’s record of 382 test victories despite New Zealand having only played 503 tests compared to France’s 695.
If New Zealand beat Argentina on Saturday it will be their 28th consecutive home win in all competitions. The last time New Zealand suffered a defeat at home was back in 2009 at the hands of South Africa who won 32-29.
New Zealand have won all of their last five matches. The All Blacks will be hoping to build on their good start to the Championship after their 47-29 and 27-16 wins over Australia.
This will be head coach Steve Hansen's 20th match in charge of the All Blacks, his only loss in that time came against England in December last year which finished 38-21.
Francis Saili will debut for New Zealand on Saturday, and starts alongside Conrad Smith in the centres.
Kieran Read makes his 46th test start at number eight equalling the record set by Rodney So’oialo as the second most capped starting number eight for New Zealand. Zinzan Brooke holds the record making 51 starts in the number eight jersey.
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