Rugby World Cup 2019: All Blacks captain Sam Cane expecting stern challenge from Argentina

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Stand-in All Blacks captain Sam Cane is expecting a stern challenge from Argentina when the two teams meet in their Rugby Championship opener in  Buenos Aires on Sunday (NZ time). 

In Kieran Read and Sam Whitelock’s absence, Cane will lead the All Blacks for the third time in his career, in what will be his first test match back since fracturing his neck against the Springboks last year in Pretoria. 

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The 27-year-old will skipper a relatively inexperienced  All Blacks side, with 16 of the 23 players named having 35 caps of less to their name. Five players are set to make their debut including Sevu Reece on the right-wing, while prop Atu Moli, flanker Luke Jacobson, first-five Josh Ioane and outside back Braydon Ennor will come off the bench. 

For Argentina, they’ve named 13 Jaguares Super Rugby players in their starting side, with Stade Francais first-five Nicolas Sanchez and Saracens prop Juan Figallo are the only European-based players named by coach Mario Ledesma.

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