Wellington - New Zealand have recalled hooker Andrew Hore for Saturday's Rugby
Championship clash against Argentina in La Plata after resting the
35-year-old veteran for the home victory over South Africa.
Hore, capped 79 times for New Zealand, comes back into the side at the expense of up-and-coming rake Dane Coles.
are very happy with where Dane is at and with his performances of
late," All Blacks coach Steve Hansen said in a news release on Thursday.
like a lot of the young players, we are also mindful of managing their
game time as part of their development so have brought in Andrew to
start this week."
Aaron Cruden replaces injured flyhalf Dan Carter
in the only other change to the starting side that beat the Springboks
29-15 at Eden Park earlier this month.
New Zealand, who will be
captained by number eight Kieran Read again in the absence of injured
flanker Richie McCaw, are undefeated in the southern hemisphere
tournament, and top the standings by four points from South Africa with
two rounds left to play.
A slip-up against the Pumas, mired at
the bottom of the table, could prove costly to the defending champions,
however, given they clash with the Springboks in the final round at
"This game has huge significance with regard to us having any chance of winning the... Rugby Championship," Hansen said.
Argentina at home is never an easy assignment so we have worked hard
on, firstly, our recovery on arrival and, secondly, our preparation
throughout the week.
"We know that we will have to be physically on top of our game and strategically smart."
forward Jeremy Thrush comes into the match-day 23 to provide extra
locking cover for Brodie Retallick and Sam Whitelock, displacing flanker
Matt Todd, who has a chest injury, on the bench.
Ma'a Nonu and
Conrad Smith will play their 50th test together as a midfield
combination, equalling the record partnership held by Ireland's Brian
O'Driscoll and Gordon D'Arcy.
Argentina are bidding to win their
first match in the tournament but face an uphill battle against the
world champions, who they have never beaten in 17 meetings.
Teams:New Zealand: 15 Israel Dagg, 14 Ben Smith, 13 Conrad Smith, 12 Ma'a Nonu,
11 Julian Savea, 10 Aaron Cruden, 9 Aaron Smith, 8 Kieran Read
(captain), 7 Sam Cane, 6 Liam Messam, 5 Sam Whitelock, 4 Brodie
Retallick, 3 Owen Franks, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock
Substitutes: 16 Keven Mealamu, 17 Wyatt Crockett, 18 Charlie Faumuina, 19 Jeremy
Thrush, 20 Steven Luatua, 21 Tawera Kerr-Barlow, 22 Beauden Barrett,
23 Charles Piutau