Three key stats from the All Blacks side to face Argentina

Owen Franks has yet to score a try for the All Blacks. Photo / Brett Phibbs
Owen Franks has yet to score a try for the All Blacks. Photo / Brett Phibbs

The All Blacks side to face Argentina in Hamilton was named this morning. Here are three key stats from the team naming.

Just one change to the starting XV that defeated the Wallabies in Wellington with Ryan Crotty replacing Anton Lienert-Brown at second-five. It will be Crotty's ninth start in the black jersey. There are three changes in the overall matchday 23 with Codie Taylor named as replacement hooker and Luke Romano as lock cover. Taylor returns after leaving the field less than five minutes into the Sydney win over Australia after suffering a head knock.

Prop Owen Franks will play his 83rd test, becoming the 10th equal most capped All Blacks player (alongside hooker Andrew Hore). If Franks doesn't score a try on Saturday, he will equal Italian prop Salvatore Perugini's record of playing the most international Tests without scoring a try.

All Blacks skipper Kieran Read will play his 90th test. The All Blacks have yet to lose with Read in charge, having won his first 14 tests as captain. Richie McCaw won the first nine tests as captain, before tasting defeat. Also on a winning streak is Wyatt Crockett who has played 50 tests, losing just one - the best winning percentage in test rugby. He has played in 23 straight test wins.

- NZ Herald

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