All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says slight alterations made by the Springboks have improved their game.
Springboks midfielder Francois Steyn is out for the remainder of the season and will undergo surgery on his damaged ankle later this week.
The return from injury of first five Dan Carter and the reinstatement of halfback Aaron Smith are the only changes to the All Blacks side to face Argentina in La Plata on Sunday (NZT).
Kurtley Beale will line up at flyhalf for the first time at test level against South Africa in Pretoria this Saturday in what is the only change to the Wallabies’ starting side.
Kieran Read would jump at the opportunity to lead the All Blacks should he be the man coach Steve Hansen turns to in the absence of Richie McCaw next season.
Morné Steyn’s future as a Springbok looks shaky after he was omitted from the side to take on Australia in Pretoria this Saturday.
Argentina will roll out the same starting line-up used against the Wallabies when it takes on the All Blacks in La Plata on Sunday morning (NZT) – but coach Santiago Phelan is demanding a complete 80-minute performance.
Sam Cane knows that Richie McCaw’s six-month sabbatical provides an opening for him next year, but it is something he is not thinking about at present.
All Blacks coach Steve Hansen is expecting Dan Carter to return from injury when the side takes on Argentina in La Plata this Saturday.
Waratahs prop Paddy Ryan and Force wing/centre Nick Cummins are the only uncapped players named in the Wallabies 28-man squad for the away Rugby Championship tests against South Africa and Argentina.
The Wallabies have been bitten further by the injury bug, with Quade Cooper the latest to be ruled out of the remainder of the Rugby Championship.
Springboks prop Dean Greyling has received a two-week suspension for elbowing Richie McCaw in the head, but will still be eligible to face the All Blacks next month.
Aaron Smith has lost his starting spot in the All Blacks after breaching team protocol.
Halfback Piri Weepu will start his first test of the year when the All Blacks take on the Springboks in Dunedin on Saturday night.
Argentina has made two changes to its side for Saturday night’s Rugby Championship match against Australia on the Gold Coast.
Veteran lock Nathan Sharp will lead Australia when it plays Argentina on the Gold Coast this Saturday night.
Wallaby hooker Stephen Moore has been ruled out of his side’s match against South Africa in Perth tomorrow night after suffering a minor hamstring injury.
All Blacks first five Dan Carter will sit out his side’s match against Argentina in Wellington this Saturday night due to a calf strain.
With the series level, expect both teams to put it all on the line as they seek to win the deciding test in Sydney on Saturday night.