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Long-time journo who believes that the story is more important than the person behind it.

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I agree that Hoskins Sotutu should be in the team that takes the field. Exactly how the pack is changed to fit him in, I’m not sure, but he has been a standout whenever he has had game time.

After the departure of Owen Franks, New Zealand has struggled to find someone to replace him. That problem continues.

New Zealand winning by 20? I really doubt that margin. They may struggle and win, much in the same way that they beat France 8-7 in the 2011 World Cup final. Argentina can smell a trophy now, and with the added emotional boost from the death of Diego Maradona, they will play their hearts out to win.

All Blacks tinker with forward pack as Pumas make ten changes for Tri Nations clash

I don’t think Argentina had any choice but to ring the changes; remember, they have already played two games on the trot and have to last for another one after this week.

But it’s important to note that the changes have involved players like Facundo Isa who was very much part of the first XV. The same goes for Julian Montoya.

And the two players central to Argentina’s showing in the first two games – captain Pablo Matera and standoff Nicolas Sanchez – are very much there. So I would not write off Argentina.

All Blacks tinker with forward pack as Pumas make ten changes for Tri Nations clash

Sorry, that should have been the “third most important person”, not man. My bad.

Will Foster be shown the door if the All Blacks lose to the Pumas again?

Do I think that if the All Blacks had played the same 15 as in Bledisloe 3 they would have won again? I have no doubt about that at all. Not merely for physical reasons, but also due to psychological reasons.

This does not mean that Australia cannot beat the best outfit that New Zealand puts on the park – they did do that in the World Cup semi-final in 2003. And then we had the Perth hammering last year.

But this year is a different kettle of fish altogether. Rugby Australia has gone through all kind of convulsions recently, the Israel Folau ruckus has caused a lot of dissension in the team, and players don’t need that kind of stuff in their heads when they go out on the field.

Bledisloe 4: The team that wanted to win went right on the night

It would be good to examine the list of players who get just a game or two to establish themselves in any of the Australian teams, and contrast them with others who appear to get an endless number of games to do so. In the past, players like Brad Hodge and Greg Blewett have been jettisoned for little or no reason. One has to ask: what did Travis Head do wrong to be left out of this game?

Glenn Maxwell sorely missed as Australia lose in South Africa