New Zealand beat South Africa 38-27 to retain the Rugby Championship title with its second straight sweep of the southern hemisphere competition. Australia routed Argentina 54-17 to leave the Pumas winless in last place.
New Zealand made two starting changes for its Rugby Championship match against Argentina in two days in La Plata, bringing in Aaron Cruden for injured fly- half Dan Carter and recalling Andrew Hore at hooker.
Wallabies coach Robbie Deans named James O’Connor as his preferred playmaker in a 25-man squad to face the British and Irish Lions, while leaving the selection door open for the omitted Quade Cooper and Kurtley Beale.
The British and Irish Lions included fit-again winger Tommy Bowe and scrum-half Ben Youngs among five starting changes for the second rugby Test against Australia, which made two injury-enforced alterations of its own.
Australia made four starting changes for this weekend’s final Bledisloe Cup rugby Test against New Zealand in Brisbane, where the Wallabies will try to prevent the All Blacks from tying their record winning run.