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New Zealand make two changes for team to play Argentina

Updated: Thursday, 26 Sep 2013 11:04 | Comments

Andrew Hore is back in the New Zealand team
Andrew Hore is back in the New Zealand team

Coach Steve Hansen has made two changes as New Zealand prepare to face Argentina in La Plata this weekend.

Veteran hooker Andrew Hore steps into the starting line-up as Dane Coles is given a rest following a bruising encounter against South Africa in Auckland.

Hore, who watched the controversial Test at Eden Park from the stands, will be covered by Keven Mealamu from the bench.

Meanwhile, Aaron Cruden is set to once again take over the playmaking duties from mentor Dan Carter, who was struck down with a shoulder injury.

The Chiefs fly-half has recovered from his own injury woes, after he limped from the field in the opening Rugby Championship match against Australia in Sydney with a knee complaint.

Richie McCaw's unavailability means Kieran Read will skipper the side, while Sam Cane will have no specialist cover on the openside of the scrum.

Blindside Liam Messam will likely fill the role in a worst case scenario with Steven Luatua ready to slot in from the bench.

New Zealand: I Dagg; B Smith, C Smith, M Nonu, J Savea; A Cruden, A Smith; T Woodcock, A Hore, O Franks, B Retallick, S Whitelock, L Messem, S Cane, K Read (capt).

Reserves: K Mealamu, W Crockett, C Faumuina, J Thrush, S Luatua, 21. T Kerr-Barlow, B Barrett, C Piutau.

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