Sevu Reece to make All Blacks debut against Argentina

Highlanders first five-eighth Josh Ioane looks to take on the Jaguares defence at Forsyth Barr

Highlanders first five-eighth Josh Ioane looks to take on the Jaguares defence at Forsyth Barr

"That people are excited is great and we have to take the positive side, but we have to be on and [focus on] how we improve from here to Saturday". "The key will be how much front ball they can get".

The Jaguares, who provide the bulk of this Argentina squad, reached their first ever Super Rugby final this year, only to be beaten by the Crusaders, but translating that club success on the worldwide stage is an altogether different challenge.

Fly-half Handre Pollard was brilliant during the Super Rugby season, finishing as the league's leading point scorer, though he will be rested against the Wallabies in the opener and Aphiwe Dyantyi is sidelined by a hamstring problem.

The Sam Cane-captained side will meet a Pumas outfit extremely familiar with one another, with numerous players fronting from the Jaguares during the Super Rugby season.

New Zealand have never lost in 28 meetings with Argentina, although the South Americans managed a 21-21 draw in 1985.

Reece's fast-track into the All Blacks continued after a sensational 15-try Super Rugby season that followed a domestic violence incident previous year which nearly derailed his career.

All Blacks scrum-half Aaron Smith has warned Argentina not to read too much into the Jaguares fine run.

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"If that did happen it would be a very gutting feeling so it is our job just to bring it back to this week, give them the respect they deserve but just make sure we keep our feet on the ground and work hard and prep really well so we give ourselves the best chance of that not happening", New Zealand hooker Dane Coles said. "But I believe Test matches are different", said the Highlanders half-back.

"He's been adding skills to his game and got a nice wee kicking game going at the moment".

The Pumas' 2018 did not start well - two home defeats to Wales preceding a 44-15 thrashing at the hands of Scotland in Resistencia - and coach Daniel Hourcade vacated his post, replaced by Mario Ledesma.

Meanwhile, the fairytale rise of South African scrum-half Herschel Jantjies continues on Saturday at Ellis Park in Johannesburg when he makes his Test debut against Australia.

But when Vermaak was injured, Jantjies grabbed his opportunity and became the most impressive newcomer this year among the four South African Super Rugby outfits.

Springboks backline coach and former sevens star Mzwandile Stick has hailed Jantjies for making a huge impact in his first Super Rugby season.

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