Not many people picked Argentina to beat the All Blacks on Saturday afternoon in Sydney, and All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan certainly wasn’t one of them.


On Sky Sport NZ’s show The Breakdown, Kirwan joked about why the All Blacks would win the test comfortably, crediting Los Pumas’ lack of game time and the challenges they’ve had to overcome with COVID-19. They hadn’t played a test match in 402 days, where they defeated the United States at the Rugby World Cup.

He suggested that the All Blacks “don’t play your top side” as they look to develop players ahead of the 2023 Rugby World Cup in France.

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All Blacks legend Sir John Kirwan outlined why he thought the Pumas posed no threat, ahead of their test against the All Blacks.

Kirwan’s comments were heavily criticised on social media, with former Springboks prop and 2019 World Cup winner Tendai Mtawarira, also known as ‘The Beast’, saying after the match that the former All Black had been “too cocky.” Other fans on Twitter seemed to have a similar reaction.

Kirwan admitted that he had to eat “humble pie” after the test though, as Argentina recorded their first-ever win over the All Blacks.

Both Nicolas Sanchez and Richie Mo’unga traded penalties early, but the Pumas controlled the match from then on. Sanchez was a particular standout, scoring all of his sides 25 points, outscoring the All Blacks by 10-points on his own.

The defensive performance of the side was especially impressive, with captain Pablo Mater leading from the front.


At the set-piece, the Pumas also shut down the All Blacks when it counted, especially when the favourites had chances to score points with attacking mauls but on more than one occasion, one the lineout against the throw. Argentina also dominated the All Blacks scrum.

The win sees the All Blacks lose two matches in a row for the first time since 2011, a stat Kirwan joked about as well.

“When was the last time the All Blacks lost two in a row?”

His comments come just a week after he controversially suggested that World Rugby get rid of red cards, after Bledisloe IV saw two players sent off.

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