8 Sep 2017

Pumas far from tenth in Read's eyes

5:38 pm on 8 September 2017

Argentina may have slipped well back in rugby's world rankings but All Blacks skipper Kieran Read refuses to write them off ahead of tomorrow night's test in New Plymouth.

The Pumas have won just five of their 18 tests since the 2015 world cup and are now tenth on the world rankings.

Read says each time he's come up against them, they playing nothing like a tenth ranked side.

"They've been very tough opponents for us. They're unpredictable. They've got players with plenty of experience at Super rugby and test match level so they're a dangerous side."

All Blacks captain Kieran Read

All Blacks captain Kieran Read Photo: Photosport

Read is also demanding more from the senior players this week with coach Steve Hansen having made seven changes to the starting lineup that beat the Wallabies.

That means there is an experimental look to the line-up.

"This week we are in a unique situation, there's probably a few less (experienced players) than normal so the guys that are out there have to really step up and not just make my job easier, but for the whole squad it's important that different people step up at different times and own their little part of the puzzle."