New Zealand beat Argentina 21-5 to lead the Rugby Championship at the halfway stage, as Australia rallied to defeat South Africa 26-19 for its first victory in the expanded southern hemisphere tournament.
New Zealand hooker Keven Mealamu will become the third All Black to play 100 Tests in this weekend’s Bledisloe Cup rugby finale against Australia, which had to make its second injury-enforced change for the match.
Australia recalled fly-half Quade Cooper and dropped full-back Kurtley Beale for this weekend’s Rugby Championship game against New Zealand, which made one change to the team that won the tournament opener.
Australia rugby union selectors named the following 40-man Wallabies squad for the July 17 Test against Samoa in Sydney and the July 23-Aug. 27 Tri-Nations tournament. The squad will be trimmed to 30 for the World Cup.