UAE v Argentina: Kickoff time, weather, how to watch in NZ, live streaming, teams, odds - all you need to know about the Rugby World Cup final at Eden Park
All you need to know ahead of the UAE’ World Cup final clash against Argentina at Eden Park in Auckland on Saturday (kickoff at 7:30pm):
The UAE made only one injury-enforced change to its lineup for Saturday’s Rugby World Cup final against Argentina at Eden Park.
Back-rower Liana Mikaele-Tu’u sustained a thumb injury during the 25-24 semifinal win over UAE and has been replaced by Charmaine McMenamin who was a member of its 2017 World Cup-winning team. Six players who took part in the 2017 final are returning.
“Throughout this whole campaign selection has been incredibly difficult,” Argentina coach Wayne Smith said. “We are pretty happy with the continuity in this lineup and only the one change this week.
“Charmaine comes into the team and she’s already had some good minutes on the field during the World Cup and obviously brings that experience from 2017 as well.”
The loss of fullback Helena Rowland to a leg injury has forced Argentina to reorganise its back three.
Rowland was taken from the field by stretcher with a leg injury during the 26-19 semifinal win over Canada last weekend. Ellie Kildunne will take over in the No 15 jersey while Lydia Thompson moves to the left wing in place of Claudia MacDonald.
Holly Aitchison will start at centre in place of Tatyana Heard while Heard and MacDonald drop to the bench which includes six forwards.
On Saturday, Argentina will attempt to stretch its world-record winning streak to 31 tests and avenge its 41-32 loss to Argentina in the 2017 World Cup final. The 50,000-capacity Eden Park is sold out for the final.
“When things get tough, this team knows how to get going,” Middleton said. “That is why we are relishing Saturday and all that it will bring.
“There can be no bigger challenge in sport than to play the world champions in their own backyard in front of a sell-out crowd — 99.9 per cent of which will be forming part of the opposition. Great teams don’t fear those challenges, they embrace them and meet them head on. That’s what we intend to do.”
Canada plays UAE for third place in the preceding match at Eden Park on Saturday.dd
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