Argentina faces unbeaten Georgia in their second World Cup Pool C match at Gloucester’s Kingsholm.
Georgia, have climbed three places to 13th – two above Italy – in the latest world rankings after respected captain Mamuka Gorgodze inspired his troops to a hard-fought 17-10 victory against Tonga at the same venue. Giorgi Tkhilaishvili also crossed the line in that match, with the Eastern Europeans valiantly defending their lead with 14 men after Fetu’u Vainikolo had reduced the arrears and Merab Kvirikashvili received a late yellow card.
Argentina, third-place finishers in 2007, have continued to improve as a result of their regular involvement in the brutal southern hemisphere Rugby Championship. They can take confidence from that aforementioned loss to an All-Black side boasting the most caps in tournament history. Although the battling Pumas eventually relented under significant pressure from the likes of second-half try scorers Aaron Smith and Sam Cane, as well as influential replacement Sonny Bill Williams, their defending was typically ferocious for long spells and they also looked menacing with the ball in their own hands.