Pablo Matera said it was mission accomplished after "hungry" Argentina were able to fill "chests with pride" by securing a historic victory over New Zealand.

The Pumas sparked jubilant scenes on the pitch and in the stands at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday when they defeated the All Blacks for the first time in 30 Tests.

Fly-half Nicolas Sanchez scored all of Argentina's points in a famous 25-15 Tri Nations win in Sydney.

Argentina had not played since the Rugby World Cup in October 2019 due to the coronavirus pandemic, but they came out firing in their first game of the tournament to consign Ian Foster's side to back-to-back defeats.

Captain Matera savoured a special day for his country.

The flanker said: "I don't know how to put it into words. They were eight very hard months [without being able to play].

"A lot of work, a lot of people who are not here, but we have a very hungry team and we came to fill all the people in Argentina's chests with pride."

The skipper added: "We play for the boys, for Argentine rugby.

"There are a lot of boys who haven't played rugby with their friends for eight months and we went out onto the pitch to show that we can and hopefully bring more people to rugby."

Argentina do battle with Australia at McDonald Jones Stadium in their next Tri Nations encounter on November 21.

Ian Foster said New Zealand are "hurting greatly" and Sam Cane admitted they "weren't good enough" in a shock historic defeat to Argentina.

The All Blacks were expected to respond to a loss against Australia last weekend with a Tri Nations victory in their third match of the tournament at Bankwest Stadium on Saturday.

Argentina had other ideas, beating New Zealand for the first time at the 30th attempt with a 25-15 triumph in Sydney.

Nicolas Sanchez scored all of the Pumas' points in a stunning victory that was even more impressive given it was their first match since October 2019 at the Rugby World Cup.

New Zealand have now lost two out of three Tri Nations matches and head coach Foster said they could have no complaints after losing back-to-back Tests for the first time since August 2011

"It was the second week in a row we haven't had good composure when things didn't go our way," Foster said.

"We're hurting greatly but they should be very proud of their team. It was a historic win for them."

Cane doffed his cap to Argentina, but felt New Zealand left themselves down.

"The lesson is in Test match rugby you've got to turn up with the right intent, the right attitude every single weekend, or you get it handed to you," said the All Blacks captain.

"They were good, and we weren't good enough. Their defence was outstanding."

Cane scored a second-half try and Caleb Clarke touched down late on, but Argentina had a famous victory in the bag by then.

Argentina made history by claiming their first win over New Zealand with a sensational 25-15 victory in Sydney on Saturday.

The Pumas had not beaten the All Blacks in 29 previous Tests – losing 28 games and drawing once – but that dramatically changed in their first international since last year's Rugby World Cup in October as Nicolas Sanchez produced a masterclass and scored every point for his team.

Argentina held a 16-3 half-time lead and never looked back in the Tri-Nations showdown, despite a New Zealand rally at Bankwest Stadium, where the All Blacks were condemned to back-to-back Test defeats for the first time since August 2011.

The All Blacks were desperate for a response following last week's 24-22 loss to trans-Tasman rivals Australia in the final Bledisloe Cup encounter, having already wrapped up the title.

But Ian Foster did not get the reaction he wanted as Argentina stunned a near full strength New Zealand on Australian soil.

Argentina and New Zealand traded penalty goals before the Pumas took control – star Sanchez collecting the rebound after his chipped pass bounced horribly for Beauden Barrett and crossing in the 19th minute.

Pumas fly-half Sanchez had two tries and as many assists in his previous five Tests against New Zealand heading into the match, scoring 50 points.

With the All Blacks rattled, Sanchez drilled two more penalty goals before half-time as Argentina moved clear.

Argentina extended their lead thanks to Sanchez's fourth three-pointer of the game, though New Zealand threatened a comeback when Sam Came crashed over to reduce the deficit to 19-10 in the 53rd minute.

New Zealand huffed and puffed, and while Caleb Clarke muscled his way over at the death, Sanchez's fifth and sixth penalty goals had already put a historic result beyond doubt.

A trans-Tasman tournament has been agreed for 2021 featuring all 10 Super Rugby teams.

Rugby Australia (RA) and New Zealand Rugby (NZR) have agreed a new event that will contain 26 games over a packed six-week period.

All Blacks captain Sam Cane said the development was "awesome" and what all the players wanted.

The event will follow the two nations' domestic Super Rugby competitions, running from May 14 until a final on June 19.

All teams from Australia and New Zealand will play two home matches and two away games, while a Super Round will be held at a location that is yet to be confirmed, where every match will be played at the same venue over one weekend.

After five rounds, when teams from each nation have faced every outfit from the other, the top two teams in the table will meet in the final, which will be hosted by the side sitting first.

New Zealand Rugby chief executive Mark Robinson said: "Super Rugby Trans-Tasman is a great result for fans on both sides of the Tasman and is testament to the strength of the relationship between New Zealand Rugby and Rugby Australia.

"It has been a testing time for rugby in both countries, but also a chance to reimagine the game in our part of the world for 2021. The result is an exciting and innovative new competition, which will benefit fans, players, broadcasters and Super clubs."

Rugby Australia interim chief executive Rob Clarke added: "This is a truly historic day for rugby in the Southern Hemisphere, with the first ever Australian and New Zealand Super Rugby competition.

"This will generate enormous excitement across both countries with some of the best players in the world set to challenge each other after the conclusion of Super Rugby AU and Super Rugby Aotearoa."

 The place of talented all-rounder Andre Russell could be in doubt for future West Indies teams after a number of injuries and invitation declines.

Russell was invited to join the team for the upcoming tour of New Zealand but, according to Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief of selectors Roger Harper, declined after claiming he needed space to ‘clear his head’ after having to deal with playing during the COVID-19 pandemic.  The player last represented the West Indies on tour of Sri Lanka earlier this year, where his scintillating 40 from 14 deliveries saw him named man-of-the-match.

Even with such brilliant performances under his thumb, Harper insisted he was keeping an eye on things and that emerging talent could make it difficult for the 32-year-old to continually be selected ‘if they take their opportunities.’

“I think as we move forward we will look at all situations, all players and determine whether we need to continue to look at those players, continue to consider those players, or we need to move on,” Harper told members of the media, from the team’s training camp in New Zealand, in reference to the situation.

“A lot of things are determined by how well the team performs.  How well the players in the team at the time perform, and the success of the team.  I think if players in the team perform exceedingly well, then it will make it difficult for those that are not on the tour to get back into the team. So a lot of things will be taken into consideration as we move forward.”

 

 

Kraigg Brathwaite has been dropped as West Indies Test vice-captain in order for him to be able to concentrate on improving his batting, CWI chief of selectors Roger Harper has revealed.

Brathwaite was replaced as vice-captain by all-rounder Roston Chase and batsman Nicholas Pooran ahead of the start of the team’s tour of New Zealand.  The opener, who was first appointed the Test vice-captain in 2015, had averaged 21 from his last 15 Tests heading into the England series.

He did show signs of a promised recovery with half-centuries in the first Test, where he scored 65 and 75 in the second.  Brathwaite, however, also had scores of 4, 12, 1 and 19 to average 21.  According to Harper, the decision panel is hoping less responsibility will lead to more consistency from the player.

“We thought it important at this time to allow Kraigg Brathwaite, who has been the vice-captain for a while, to just pay a little more attention, to focus a little more on his batting,” Harper told members of the media from the team’s training base in New Zealand.

“He has not been in the best of form for a little while.  I think he began to get himself together on the England tour, we want him to build on this.  We thought the relieving of the responsibility would allow him to focus some more on his batting.”

 

Argentina must beware the wounded animal when they start their Tri Nations campaign against New Zealand on Saturday.

The All Blacks were beaten 24-22 by Australia at Suncorp Stadium in the final Bledisloe Cup encounter last weekend.

Ian Foster's side had already retained the famous trophy and made eight changes in Brisbane, but his rotation backfired as the Wallabies got up and running in the Tri Nations.

Foster has named a near full-strength side for the round three clash at Bankwest Stadium, where the Pumas will play their first Test since the Rugby World Cup last October.

We use Opta data to preview the contest in Sydney.

- New Zealand are undefeated in their 29 Tests against Argentina (W28, D1). That is the second-most games of any tier one nation against another to have never lost and the fourth-most of any rugby-playing nations overall.

- The All Blacks have won their last seven Tests in Australia against teams other than the Wallabies by an average margin of 45 points per game.

- New Zealand will be out to avoid back-to-back Test defeats for the first time since August 2011.

- Argentina have won two of their last three Tests (L1) and will be hunting for back-to-back Test wins for the first time since June 2016 after a 47-17 win over the USA in their last match.

- New Zealand have beaten 35+ defenders in four of their last five Tests against Argentina after having managed to do so only once in their 11 meetings prior.

- No player won more lineouts in the 2019 edition of The Rugby Championship than Argentina's Guido Petti (13, including two steals).

- Argentina fly-half Nicolas Sanchez has scored two tries and provided as many assists in his last five Tests against New Zealand, scoring 50 points in those matches.

All members of the West Indies team have returned negative results from their third and final COVID-19 tests, conducted on Day 12 of the ongoing tour of New Zealand.

West Indies coach Phil Simmons has apologized for the behavior of his players who breached New Zealand’s Covid-19 safety protocols and caused the team to be stripped of exemptions that had allowed to train while in isolation.

Joe Moody has returned for a much-changed All Blacks ahead of their Tri Nations clash against Argentina on Saturday.

Moody missed New Zealand's previous two Tests, including last week's 24-22 loss to Australia, due to a head injury.

Beauden Barrett has returned to full-back from number 10, while Jordie Barrett has switched to the right wing.

All Blacks head coach Ian Foster said his team were eager to bounce back from their loss to the Wallabies.

"We were bitterly disappointed with the loss against Australia on the weekend, but we've taken a lot of lessons from that game," he said.

"Specifically, we need to be smarter in seeing space and executing our plan around that. We also want to continue growing our work at the breakdown, both on attack and in defence, as I feel we are making great progress here.

"We're now into the next phase of the tournament playing against Argentina and it will be exciting playing a new opposition.

"The Argentinians are well coached by Mario Ledesma and we have a lot of respect for them. You only need to go back to Buenos Aires last year, when we had a real arm wrestle with them, to know how tough they can be.

"They've been in Australia for a number of weeks, they are well-prepared and this is their first Test of 2020 so it'll be a massive occasion for them and their country so we have to be ready."

New Zealand: Beauden Barrett, Jordie Barrett, Anton Lienert-Brown, Jack Goodhue, Caleb Clarke, Richie Mo'unga, Aaron Smith; Joe Moody, Dane Coles, Tyrel Lomax, Patrick Tuipulotu, Sam Whitelock, Shannon Frizell, Sam Cane, Ardie Savea.
Replacements: Codie Taylor, Alex Hodgman, Nepo Laulala, Tupou Vaa'I, Hoskins Sotutu, Brad Weber, Rieko Ioane, Damian McKenzie.

Cricket West Indies CEO Johnny Grave said he is especially disappointed with the West Indies who breached New Zealand’s strict Covid-19 protocols earlier this week, is that they arguably are the most experienced dealing with being in isolation since the return of competitive cricket.

Grave also hinted at the possibility of individual sanctions facing as many as four or five players who are alleged to have been involved and said there were plans to interview all the players and personnel who would have information salient to an investigation into the matter.

In a statement Tuesday night, CWI said it had launched an investigation to the reports that several players had breached protocols and as a result had been banned from training for the final two days of isolation.

New Zealand’s Ministry of Health reported that members of the team were confirmed to have repeatedly broken isolation rules. Many of the incidents were captured on close circuit television and have been reported by staff at the facility where the players are being housed.

New Zealand cricket said the incidents included some players compromising bubble integrity by sharing food, and socializing in hallways. However, there is no evidence that any members of the touring party left the facility, or that any unauthorized persons accessed it.

An embarrassed Grave speaking to media on a Zoom call expressed his disappointment at the situation while supporting the sanctions imposed on the players.

“I think my disappointment is mainly the fact that our players are probably the most experienced players in the world in dealing with these strict quarantine measures. I am not, for any second, saying that they’re easy and living in them day in and day out is obviously a massive challenge. It’s still not natural for people to always wear a mask and always do things we have been trained to do for so many years, living our lives in the way we have before Covid,’ he said.

“But these players, the majority of them have been in a seven-week quarantine isolation bubble for the duration of the England men’s tour that we held in June and July. They all pretty much went to Trinidad and Tobago, which had a very similar situation to New Zealand with its borders fully shut with the government dispensation to allow us to host the Caribbean Premier League, and they have been within that facility in Christchurch for virtually the whole quarantine period. So its hugely disappointing that players who knew what the protocols were have clearly broken them by mixing together.”

He said their actions have put the tour and the New Zealand population at risk.

Misbah-ul-Haq has challenged Asad Shafiq to earn a recall after he was dropped for Pakistan's tour of New Zealand.

Batsman Shafiq was on Wednesday omitted from a 35-man squad to face the Black Caps after a poor Test series in England.

Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik were also omitted from a touring party for three Twenty20 Internationals and two Tests against the Black Caps in December and January.

Uncapped Paceman Amad Butt, batsmen Danish Aziz and Imran Butt were included along with Rohail Nazir as the Pakistan selectors invested in youth.

Pakistan head coach Misbah, who named Mohammad Rizwan as Babar Azam's Test vice-captain and Shadab Khan as T20 deputy, says there can still be a way back for the 34-year-old Shafiq.

He said: "There are three major omissions from the side that toured England. Asad Shafiq has been left out due to lack of form after he managed 510 runs in his last 15 innings, including a total of 67 runs in England.

"Asad is an experienced batsman and I am sure he will utilise this time to work harder on his game in the domestic first-class matches so that he, like Sarfraz Ahmed, can reclaim his form and be back in contention for the upcoming Tests against South Africa and Zimbabwe.

"Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Amir are not part of the white-ball matches as for this tour we have opted to invest, develop and focus on the promising and emerging players who are likely to be available to Pakistan for all formats."

The first T20 will be staged at Eden Park on December 18 and the Test series gets under way at Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on December 26.

 

Pakistan squad:

Abid Ali, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Shan Masood, Zeeshan Malik, Babar Azam (captain), Azhar Ali, Danish Aziz, Fawad Alam, Haider Ali, Haris Sohail, Hussain Talat, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imran Butt, Khushdil Shah, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Rizwan, Rohail Nazir, Sarfraz Ahmed, Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Usman Qadir, Yasir Shah, Zafar Gohar, Amad Butt, Faheem Ashraf, Haris Rauf, Mohammad Abbas, Mohammad Hasnain, Mohammad Musa, Naseem Shah, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Sohail Khan, Wahab Riaz.

Cricket West Indies have launched an international investigation into the circumstances under which members of the Windies touring party breached strict COVID-19 protocols within the team’s Managed Isolation Facility in Christchurch.

The breach has resulted in the team members being unable to train for their final days of isolation prior to their continued preparations for the upcoming T20 series that begin on November 27.

According to reports from New Zealand, NZ Cricket said it found out on Tuesday that some members of the West Indies team had "contravened protocols" within the managed isolation facility in Christchurch.

"These incidents included some players compromising bubble integrity by sharing food, and socializing in hallways,” New Zealand Cricket said.

However, there is no evidence that any members of the touring party left the facility, or that any unauthorized persons accessed it, reports said.

CWI said the New Zealand Ministry of Health advised them that all members of the West Indies touring party will now be unable to train for the remainder of the quarantine period and will have to complete their quarantine within the Managed Isolation Facility only.

“CWI is in full support of the New Zealand Ministry of Health’s position,” CWI said in a statement.

“From the information we have received so far, we have been told that the incidents in question included some players compromising the bubble integrity by mixing between two separate West Indies bubbles into which the touring party had been split.”

Ahead of the tour to New Zealand, the West Indies touring party all returned two negative COVID-19 tests before leaving the Caribbean, and underwent two further tests since they have been in New Zealand. All results were negative.

The players underwent their final scheduled tests yesterday and, results permitting, are scheduled to leave the Managed Isolation Facility on Friday to travel to Queenstown ahead of two warm-up matches against New Zealand “A”.

West Indies all-rounder Rovman Powell believes the team has adequate firepower to put up a strong fight in New Zealand, despite missing a few key players.

Some of the team’s biggest hitters the likes of Andre Russell, Evin Lewis, Lendl Simmons, Chris Gayle, and crafty death bowler Dwayne Bravo will all be missing when they take on New Zealand later this month.

The tour will already be a difficult one, with New Zealand proving to traditionally be a difficult place for not just the West Indies, but any team to play.  Powell, however, not only sees the team as having plenty of talent to cover the missing players but also believes it provides an opportunity for younger players looking to establish themselves.

“If you should look at the depth of the team, I think it’s a very good and strong team when it comes to power hitting, even with those guys missing,” Powell told members of the media from the team’s training base in New Zealand.

“What those guys being missing does is provide an opportunity for us as younger players just before the World Cup, the start of cricket 2021, to put our best foot forward and put good performances in place and hopefully that will carry us in good stead,” he added.

The West Indies will be looking to improve on a record that has seen the hosts win the last four T20 internationals that have been played in New Zealand.

 

West Indies leg-spinner Hayden Walsh Jr has lofty dreams of one day becoming the number one bowler in the world and insists he is diligently working towards the target.

The 28-year-old had a good look at just what it takes to get there, recently, having been teammates with top Afghan T20 spinner Rashid Khan for the Barbados Tridentsd uring this season’s Caribbean Premier League (CPL).  Khan, considered by some to be the best in the game, is currently the top-ranked T20 bowler in the world.  It is a position Walsh aspires to one day attain.

“I definitely see myself as being number one in the world.  I want to be number one as a spinner or a bowler,” Walsh told members of the media from the team’s training camp in New Zealand.

Walsh revealed that encountering Khan in this season’s CPL was fruitful, as he was offered plenty of valuable technical advice and also experienced the player’s fiercely competitive mentality first hand.

“I was really in awe of Rashid Khan and having him around.  He taught me a few grips and a few of his googlies that he has in his armoury,” Walsh recalled.

“The one thing I took away, however, is that I am a different bowler from Rashid Khan and I probably just need to be myself sometimes.  I love his mentality.  He is always up for the fight and he never backs down,” he added.

Walsh is part of a 14-man T20 squad that will play against New Zealand in three T20 internationals later this month.

 

 

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