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The New Zealand All Blacks inaugural game against Argentina (Los Pumas) was held on 30 October 1976, but New Zealand did not award test caps for the two internationals on that tour, nor for Argentina's first internationals in New Zealand in 1979.
The first official Test match recognised as such by both teams was held on 26 October 1985, on a New Zealand tour of Argentina. In full Tests the teams have met 20 times, with New Zealand winning 19 and one drawn. They have only met only twice at Rugby World Cups, having been in the same pool at the inaugural tournament in 1987 and then again in the last cup in 2011.
Starting in 2012, the teams have met annually in The Rugby Championship, formerly known as the Tri Nations between New Zealand, South Africa and Australia, before the addition of Argentina made it four.
South Africa meet Australia on the opposite side of the draw during the weekend.
This championship may well have some bearing on the Rugby World Cup tournament in a couple of months time.