Rugby: All Blacks and Springboks seek hot starts as Championship kicks off
SYDNEY/JOHANNESBURG (REUTERS) - The Rugby Championship could be in for an explosive start on Saturday, when a New Zealand side boasting 874 caps collides with a Wallabies team under a new coach featuring plenty of fresh faces and committed to playing the "Australian way".
And while South Africa are favourites to get their campaign off to a winning start later against Argentina at home in Soccer City, they are wary of the growing threat posed by the Pumas.
It is only Argentina's second year in the four-nation, southern hemisphere championship but already they have shown their competitive capability against the Springboks, New Zealand and Australia.
South Africa had to scramble for a draw with Argentina last year away in Mendoza and expect the powerful visiting pack, plus their strength at the breakdown, to be a major challenge again.