New Zealand lock horns with Argentina for a place in the Rugby World Cup final at Stade de France on Friday (8pm BST).
The first of the semi-finals at this year’s tournament pits the three-time winners against a nation aiming to reach the showpiece for the first time.
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New Zealand vs Argentina preview
Despite a slow start to the tournament, in which they lost their opener against France, this is business as usual for New Zealand.
The All Blacks are appearing in the semi-finals for the ninth time in 10 editions of the tournament, and seeking a fourth title.
Ian Foster’s side came through an epic quarter-final with Ireland 28-24, and will be favourites to prevail again here.
But Argentina will not want to roll over easily. Like their opponents, the Pumas started slowly with defeat against England in their opening match.
However, Michael Cheika’s side have recovered with four straight victories, beating Japan to qualify for the quarter-finals, where they recovered from 10-0 down to see off Wales 29-17.
Argentina are now gearing up for their third World Cup semi-final, having also reached this stage in 2007 and 2015, and would love to now go on and reach their maiden final.
Ian Foster makes two changes from the win over Ireland. Mark Tele’a replaces Leicester Fainga’anuku on the wing, while Sam Whitelock takes Brodie Retallick’s place in the second row.
Meanwhile, Michael Cheika makes just a single alteration from the victory over Wales, as Gonzalo Bertranou replaces Tomas Cubelli at scrum-half.
New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Will Jordan, Rieko Ioane, Jordie Barrett, Mark Tele’a, Richie Mo’unga, Aaron Smith; Ethan de Groot, Codie Taylor, Tyrel Lomax, Samuel Whitelock, Scott Barrett, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Samisoni Taukei’aho, Tamaiti Williams, Fletcher Newell, Brodie Retallick, Dalton Papali’i, Finlay Christie, Damian McKenzie, Anton Lienert-Brown.
Argentina: Juan Cruz Mallia, Emiliano Boffelli, Lucio Cinti, Santiago Chocobares, Mateo Carreras, Santiago Carreras, Gonzalo Bertranou; Thomas Gallo, Julian Montoya, Francisco Gomez Kodela, Guido Petti Pagadizabal, Tomas Lavanini, Juan Martin Gonzalez, Marcos Kremer, Facundo Isa.
Replacements: Agustin Creevy, Joel Sclavi, Eduardo Bello, Matias Alemanno, Rodrigo Bruni, Lautaro Bazan Velez, Nicolas Sanchez, Matias Moroni.
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