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Michael Cheika expects fervent Argentina fanbase at World Cup

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Argentina's Juan Martín Gonzalez celebrates his try versus Australia (Photo by Saeed Khan/AFP via Getty Images)

Michael Cheika insists Argentina will be able to tap into intense national support when they clash with England in their Rugby World Cup opener.

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The rivals meet in Marseille on Saturday with the winners placing one foot in the knockout stage and for the first time in the history of the fixture, the Pumas are favourites.

“From my experience with Argentina, we expect a fervent public,” head coach Cheika said.

“My family will be there, the family of many players also, and we know that there will be many Argentinian fans.

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“It is a nice experience because the Rugby World Cup happens every four years.

“For many it is an important experience – they spend their savings to be here and we want them to enjoy the experience.”

Argentina have beaten Australia and Spain in their five outings this year, also losing narrowly twice to South Africa and once heavily to New Zealand.

“We prepared as we always do. We are happy because preparation is more important than the game because it is what we can control,” Cheika said.

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