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Argentina v New Zealand Prediction, Preview & Odds – Rugby World Cup

We have an Argentina v New Zealand prediction for you plus a breakdown of the betting odds, team news and matchups ahead of this Semi-Final.

How To Watch Argentina v New Zealand

When is Argentina v New Zealand?

The Rugby World Cup Semi-Final between Argentina and New Zealand is scheduled to kick-off at 8pm on Friday, October 20th.

TV Channel

The game will be broadcast in Ireland on RTÉ 2 with coverage from 7.35pm.

In the United Kingdom television viewers can watch the game on ITV1 with pre-match buildup from 7.35pm.

Live Stream

In Ireland you can live stream this Rugby World Cup Semi-Final on RTÉ Player.

In the UK you can live stream Argentina v Zealand on ITVX.

Where is Argentina v New Zealand Being Played?

The Rugby World Cup Semi-Final between Argentina and New Zealand is being played at the Stade de France in Saint-Denis, France.

Argentina v New Zealand Odds

Argentina v New Zealand Betting Odds – Rugby World Cup Semi-Final
Team Odds Chance
Argentina 9/1 10%
New Zealand 1/14 93.3%
The Draw 40/1 2.4%

New Zealand are the overwhelming favourites at odds of 1/14 ahead of this Semi-Final.

Argentina are 9/1 underdogs which means they will have to pull off a massive upset if they are to win this game.

The draw has been priced up at odds of 40/1.

To Qualify

Argentina: 17/2

New Zealand: 1/16

Handicap Betting

Argentina: +19 @ Evens

New Zealand: -19 @ Evens

Handicap Draw: +19 @ 18/1

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Teams News

Lineups and further team news for this game will be announced in the coming days and we will update here when those announcements are made.

Argentina Team News

Starting Lineup

  1. Thomas Gallo
  2. Julian Montoya (C)
  3. Francisco Gomez Kodela
  4. Guido Petti
  5. Tomas Lavanini
  6. Juan Martin Gonzalez
  7. Marcos Kremer
  8. Facundo Isa
  9. Gonzalo Bertranou
  10. Santiago Carreras
  11. Mateo Carreras
  12. Santiago Chocobares
  13. Lucio Cinti
  14. Emiliano Boffelli
  15. Juan Cruz Mallia


16. Agustin Creevy

17. Joel Sclavi

18. Eduardo Bello

19. Matias Alemanno

20. Rodrigo Bruni

21. Lautaro Bazan Velez

22. Nicolas Sanchez

23. Matias Moroni

New Zealand Team News

Starting Lineup

  1. Ethan de Groot
  2. Codie Taylor
  3. Tyrell Lomax
  4. Samuel Whitelock
  5. Scott Barrett
  6. Shannon Frizell
  7. Sam Cane (C)
  8. Ardie Savea
  9. Aaron Smith
  10. Richie Mo’unga
  11. Mark Tele’a
  12. Jordie Barrett
  13. Rieko Ioane
  14. Will Jordan
  15. Beauden Barrett


16. Samisoni Taukei’aho

17. Tamaiti Williams

18. Fletcher Newell

19. Brodie Retallick

20. Dalton Papali’i

21. Finlay Christie

22. Damian McKenzie

23. Anton Lienert-Brown

Officiating Team

Referee: Angus Gardner (Australia)

Assistant Referee: Nic Berry (Australia)

Assistant Referee: Karl Dickson (England)

TMO: Ben Whitehouse (Wales)

Argentina v New Zealand Weather Forecast

Wet conditions could be a factor to keep an eye on in this game.


The temperature for this game is expected to be around 14°C.


Wind speed is expected to be in the region of 4-5 mph.


Rain will be a factor this Friday evening in the Stade de France as there is 1.7mm of rain expected to fall during the game. It won’t be torrential conditions but it will make ball carrying and catching harder so we can expect some ball handling errors.

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Argentina’s Form

2023 Rugby World Cup Form

Argentina may be in a Rugby World Cup Semi-Final but they haven’t exactly set the world alight with their performances to date at this tournament. Here’s a brief recap of how Argentina booked their place in this Semi-Final.

Pool D

Argentina started this Rugby World Cup off against England in Pool D. Many expected the Argentines to beat England that day.

Instead, England dominated Argentina from the opening whistle to hand the Argentines a humbling 27-10 defeat.

Los Pumas would soon bounce back however in their next Pool D outing in a 19-10 win over Samoa. With that said, their performance didn’t exactly look like that of a team that had serious ambitions of winning this World Cup.

Next up for Argentina was a facile 59-5 victory over tournament rookies and neighbours Chile.

Those two wins set Los Pumas up with a de facto knockout game against Japan to advance to the Quarter-Finals. The game was end-to-end with a lot of suspect defending. Argentina proved to have too much attacking firepower for Japan to cope with which saw them prevail on a scoreline of 39-27.


Wales awaited Los Pumas in the Quarter-Final with little really separating the sides in terms of quality. This was by no means a vintage Wales team which gave Argentina a great opportunity to advance to the Semi-Final for the first time since 2015.

The Argentines grabbed that opportunity with both hands as they held out late attacks by Wales before scoring a try of their own off an interception to book their spot in the Semi-Final and send the Welsh crashing out.

Argentina Rugby World Cup Results

England 27-10 Argentina | Pool D, Saturday, September 9th.

Argentina 19-10 Samoa | Pool D, Friday, September 22nd.

Argentina 59-5 Chile | Pool D, Saturday, September 30th.

Japan 27-39 Argentina | Pool D, Sunday, October 8th.

Wales 17-29 Argentina | Quarter-Final, Saturday, October 14th.

New Zealand’s Form

2023 Rugby World Cup Form

Statement on team’s general tournament form plus brief rundown of result and most recent performance.

Brief rundown of result and second most recent performance.

Brief rundown of result and third most recent performance.


There were doubts about this New Zealand team going into the Quarter-Final against Ireland after their loss to France in the opening game of the tournament. The All Blacks answered those doubts with a massive performance to beat the Irish which now makes them Rugby World Cup favourites.

Here’s a recap of how New Zealand reached the World Cup Semi-Final.

Pool A

The opening game of Pool A, and the entire tournament, saw New Zealand take on tournament hosts France. This was a highly anticipated matchup and billed as a potential preview of the Rugby World Cup Final.

As it turned out, France would prevail 27-13 but the All Blacks would have the last laugh as the French were knocked out in the Quarter-Finals against South Africa.

As if they were embarrassed by that opening night loss to France, New Zealand inflicted heavy defeats on their opposition in their three remaining Pool A matches.

First up was Namibia who fell to a 71-3 loss. Many pundits expected Italy to keep the score close but they had no answers as New Zealand ran rampant on their way to a 96-17 victory. The last pool game for New Zealand came against Uruguay who also had no answers as they were swept aside 73-0. That set up a Quarter-Final tie with Ireland.

Those heavy victories didn’t tell us too much about New Zealand given the quality of opposition they faced in those games. In fact, Ireland were favoured going into the game owing to their impressive form.

The All Blacks answered their critics with an immense performance against Ireland. Despite being down to 14 men for 20 minutes of the game they held on to secure a 28-24 win.

New Zealand Rugby World Cup Results

France 27-13 New Zealand | Pool A, Friday, September 8th.

New Zealand 71-3 Namibia | Pool A, Friday, September 15th.

New Zealand 96-17 Italy | Pool A, Friday, September 29th.

New Zealand 73-0 Uruguay | Pool A, Thursday, October 5th.

Ireland 24-28 New Zealand | Quarter-Final, Saturday, October 14th.

Argentina v New Zealand Rugby Head-To-Head

All-Time Head-To-Head Record

Argentina and New Zealand have played each other 36 times in test match rugby union.

New Zealand have the advantage with 33 wins while Argentina have only beaten the All Blacks on 2 occasions. One test match ended in a draw.

Head-To-Head Results Last Five Matches

2023: New Zealand won 41-12.

2022: New Zealand won 53-3.

2022: Argentina won 25-18.

2021: New Zealand won 36-13.

2021: New Zealand won 39-0.


Argentina have won 2/7 matches against New Zealand since 2020. Los Pumas had never beaten the All Blacks in 29 attempts prior to that.

Argentina v New Zealand Prediction & Best Bet

Prediction: Argentina 16 New Zealand 20

I’m predicting that New Zealand will do enough to win this game but not by the margin that many people might expect.

There is rain in the forecast for Friday night and I could see this, along with the familiarity between the two teams, keeping the winning margin and score down.

Best Bet: Argentina +19 @ Evens

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