Ciaran O'Raghallaigh Argentina suffered a record 46-24 defeat by Ireland at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Saturday, as the hosts secured their place as a second-tier nation ahead of next month's World Cup draw.
France won their second successive test on Saturday following up victory over the Australians with a deserved 39-22 win over traditional bogey team Argentina here.
Argentina have been dealt a blow before this weekend's match against France with news that veteran Felipe Contepomi has been ruled out for up to four months with a knee ligament injury.
Mike Brown Argentina became the first team to beat Six Nations Grand Slam winners Wales at home this year as they recorded a come from behind 26-12 win over the Welsh here on Saturday at the Millennium Stadium.
Argentina have recalled veteran centre Felipe Contepomi to their starting XV to play Wales in a one-off international at Cardiff's Millennium Stadium on Saturday.
Greg Growden ROSARIO: On this night, at this venue, on this occasion, the Wallabies could easily have lost their way. A team with its fair share of novices and new combinations would not have been used to such a zoo-like atmosphere, with a baying crowd perched right on top of the tourists, urging on the confrontational home side and even using a laser beam to put the Australians off the task at hand.
GREG GROWDEN The Wallabies enjoyed one of their most courageous wins in recent times when they overcame an Argentine ambush in Rosario this morning.
GREG GROWDEN ROSARIO: For the Honey Badger, the choice was simple: the mines, the army or Randwick.
GREG GROWDEN ROSARIO: Wherever they have gone in Argentina this week, there has been no reprieve for the Wallabies. The locals keep reminding them the whole of Argentina is looking at this weekend's Test as when the Pumas will celebrate their first Rugby Championship triumph.
GREG GROWDEN ROSARIO: In the land of gargantuan steaks and enormous forwards, the Wallabies will go for brawn in their pack to confront the Pumas on Saturday night.
Argentina fullback Martin Rodriguez is to undergo an operation on a shoulder dislocated in his country's 54-15 loss to New Zealand in the Rugby Championships at the weekend.
Jim Morton BUENOS AIRES: The triumphant All Blacks believe the wounded Wallabies will be ripe for the picking in Rosario if Argentina play with the same adventure that backfired against them on the weekend.
GREG GROWDEN PRETORIA: Wallabies coach Robbie Deans admitted he had never witnessed a more bizarre Test after his team suffered a succession of major injuries that made it near impossible to stop the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld yesterday.
Jim Morton LA PLATA, Argentina: The All Blacks have wrapped up the inaugural Rugby Championship in style, producing their best performance of the tournament with a 54-15 thumping of Argentina.
New Zealand fly-half Dan Carter was named in the All Blacks team to face Argentina on Saturday after recovering from the calf injury which ruled him out of the 21-11 win over South Africa two weeks ago.
WELLINGTON: Five-eighth Dan Carter's return from injury couldn't have come at a better time, as the All Blacks look to wrap up the Rugby Championship with a win over Argentina at La Plata on Sunday.
Chris Barclay in Buenos Aires The All Blacks pack have brought their 'A' game to Argentina, and in Keven Mealamu's estimation it will not be sufficient to quell a Los Pumas pack notorious for upping the ante before a fervent soccer-style home crowd.
Chris Barclay in Buenos Aires The All Blacks face the language barrier for the first time during the Rugby Championship in Spanish-speaking Argentina - though one message wasn't lost in translation yesterday.
John Eales If you were to construct the perfect rugby team, they would play with the everlasting commitment of the Argentinian Pumas. Their somewhat benign light blue and white jersey belies their ferocity, as they play as if they have a black arm band permanently stitched on their sleeve. Forget the anthem – these guys shed tears over breakfast.
GREG GROWDEN The Wallabies were bashed, smashed and almost crashed, but somehow held on long enough able to enjoy a brave four-point victory over Argentina on the Gold Coast last night.
Paul Cully There was a cheeky quip doing the rounds last week, the provenance of which points to one of the travelling Argentine scribes with a mischievous streak.
Jim Morton The Pumas may be ranked eighth in the world but Wallabies hooker Tatafu Polota-Nau believes their forward play is without peer in the southern hemisphere.
Greg Growden WALLABIES coach Robbie Deans believes axed fullback Kurtley Beale's conditioning must improve before he can again be considered for a starting Test spot.
GREG GROWDEN JAMES O'CONNOR'S plan to be part of the Wallabies squad heading to South Africa and Argentina later this month, where he hoped to regain his Test five-eighth spot, are over due to ongoing hamstring problems.
PHIL LUTTON The Wallabies have gone to great lengths to insist they are taking Argentina as seriously as humanly possible. Perhaps the more poignant question is whether the Pumas are doing the same to Australia.
Argentina feel their chances of a historic Rugby Championship triumph have been ''massively'' boosted by the Wallabies' latest captain's curse injury.
Daniel Gilhooly ANY suggestion Argentina would be easy-beats in their Rugby Championship debut have been squashed.
The All Blacks overcame a committed Argentina and a power outage to beat the Pumas 21-5 in their Rugby Championship Test on Saturday night played in horrendous Wellington weather.
Daniel Gilhooly WELLINGTON: The All Blacks are unconvinced about Argentina's commitment to attack in Saturday's Rugby Championship Test.
Mendoza, Argentina: South Africa scored 10 unanswered second-half points to snatch a lucky 16-16 draw with newcomers Argentina in Saturday's Rugby Championship match in Mendoza.