What time is New Zealand v Argentina kick-off and what TV channel is it on?
New Zealand welcome Argentina to Christchurch this weekend, as Los Pumas look to capitalise on their hugely impressive victory against the Wallabies last time out.
Round three of the Lipovitan-D Rugby Championship gets underway at the crack of dawn (UK time) on Saturday, with Australia and South Africa kickstarting the action in Adelaide.
Visitors Argentina currently sit at the top of the table with five points, whilst hosts New Zealand are rock bottom after two games played.
What time is New Zealand v Argentina kick-off?
New Zealand v Argentina kicks off at 8.45am UK time on Saturday, August 27, at Orangetheory Stadium in Christchurch, New Zealand.
What TV channel is New Zealand v Argentina on? What about live streaming?
New Zealand v Argentina will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Arena on Saturday morning. You can also stream the game with a NOW TV subscription, which starts at £11.99 for a day membership.
What’s the New Zealand v Argentina team news?
All Blacks head coach Ian Foster has chosen the same starting 15 that beat South Africa in round two.
Due to an on-going neck injury, Beauden Barrett is ruled out of the matchdaysquad, so uncapped Blues fly-half Stephen Perofeta takes his place on the replacements’ bench.
Rieko Ioane and David Havili reprise their midfield partnership after impressing in the victory against South Africa. Richie Mo’unga cements his spot at 10, with head coach Foster having full trust in the Crusaders star to run the game.
Michael Cheika has made three changes to the starting team that beat Australia.
Gomez Kodela is replaced in the front row by Joel Sclavi, and winger Lucio Cinti will start on the left wing in place of Juan Imhoff. Jeronimo de la Fuente pulled his hamstring in round two and is replaced by Matias Orlando.
New Zealand: 15 Jordie Barrett, 14 Will Jordan, 13 Rieko Ioane, 12 David Havili, 11 Caleb Clarke, 10 Richie Mo’unga, 9 Aaron Smith, 1 Ethan de Groot, 2 Samisoni Taukei’aho 3 Tyrel Lomax, 4 Sam Whitelock, 5 Scott Barrett, 6 Shannon Frizell, 7 Sam Cane (C), 8 Ardie Savea.
Replacements: 16 Codie Taylor, 17 George Bower, 18 Fletcher Newell, 19 Tupou Vaa’i, 20 Akira Ioane, 21 Finlay Christie, 22 Stephen Perofeta, 23 Quinn Tupaea.
Argentina: 15 Juan Cruz Mallia, 14 Emiliano Boffelli, 13 Matias Moroni, 12 Matias Orlando, 11 Lucio Cinti, 10 Santiago Carreras, 9 Gonzalo Bertranou, 1 Thomas Gallo, 2 Julian Montoya (captain), 3 Joel Sclavi, 4 Matias Alemanno, 5 Tomas Lavanini, 6 Juan Martin Gonzalez, 7 Marcos Kremer, 8 Pablo Matera.
Replacements: 16 Santiago Socino, 17 Mayco Vivas, 18 Eduardo Bello, 19 Guido Petti, 20 Santiago Grondona, 21 Tomas Cubeli, 22 Tomas Albornoz, 23 Santiago Cordero.
Who is the New Zealand v Argentina referee?
Referee: Nika Amashukeli (Georgia)
Assistant referees: Nic Berry (RA) Damon Murphy (RA)
TMO: Brian MacNeice (Ireland)
What have the coaches said?
New Zealand head coach Ian Foster on Richie Mo’unga: “Very good, I thought his control was good, there were a few areas that he wants to improve his accuracy in. But overall he was confident and he gave us some of those territory moments.”
Argentina head coach Michael Cheika: “I’m a believer that you go on the field, it’s war. You get off the field, it’s life as normal. As soon as you cross the white line. I’ve always lived by that code. I’ve always been relaxed as a head coach, I have, I know that you guys, there is a lot of what you see in two second grabs, and it’s very much like footy. I go hard on the field when I’m on the field, then when I’m off the field, I’m pretty easy. It’s the other people’s perception that might be wrong.”