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The World Champion New Zealand will begin the defence of their trophy at Wembley Stadium on Sunday, against the other seeded side in Pool C, the Pumas of Argentina. Given that the other teams competing in the Pool are Tonga, Georgia and Namibia, it would be a major surprise if Sunday’s opponents were not the two qualifiers for the quarter-finals from Pool C.
It has been said many times, that the All Blacks are often under cooked for the knock out stages of the Rugby World Cup, a tournament that they have won twice, in 1987 and 2011, but never outside their own country. This conclusion come from the tactic adopted by many sides of playing weakened sides against the All Blacks in Pool matches, and saving their first choice players for games that they feel they have a greater chance of winning. It will be interesting to see how Argentina approach Sunday’s match.
The All Blacks were 39-18 winners in Christchurch, when the teams met in the Rugby Championship during the Summer. Maintaining the All Blacks record of having won every game they have played against The Pumas, a run that now stretches to 19 games, and also includes a quarter-final in 2011.
Posted: 9th October 2011
On Sunday, October 9th the quarterfinals of the Rugby World Cup will continue with Argentina and New Zealand facing off in Auckland at 20:30 local time. Argentina and New Zealand have met no less than thirteen times, and for a dozen of those times, the All Blacks took the win. The other game didn't even finish with a win for the Pumas, but instead, ended with a 21 to 21 draw. That means, that is the Argentina Pumas want to make it to the semifinals of the 2011 edition of the Rugby World Cup, they are going to have to beat New Zealand for the first time.
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