Argentina vs. Scotland: Date, Time, Live Stream, TV Info and Rugby Preview

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistJune 19, 2014

AUCKLAND, NEW ZEALAND - JUNE 15:  Scotland fans during the 2014 Junior World Championship match between Italy and Scotland at ECOLight Stadium, Pukekohe on June 15, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.  (Photo by Simon Watts/Getty Images)
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Scotland and Argentina have met on 13 occasions over the last 24 years, and Vern Cotter takes his side to South America this Friday in the hopes of furthering his impact at the nation's helm.

Scotland are so far unbeaten under Cotter's command, having triumphed over the United States before claiming a closer two-point victory over Canada last weekend, but this week the team heads south of the border.

The last time these two outfits met was at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, where the Pumas ran out as 13-12 victors, and spectators can only hope Friday's fixture holds similarly tight potential.

Date: Friday, June 20

Time: 8:10 p.m. BST/3:10 p.m. ET

Live Stream: Sky Go app (UK, subscription required), SuperSport app (SA, subscription required)

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TV Info: Sky Sports 3 (UK), SuperSport 1 (SA)

Players To Watch

Argentina: Joaquin Tuculet

CARDIFF, WALES - NOVEMBER 10: Joaquin Tuculet (L) of Argentina spills a high ball under pressure from James Hook (C) of Wales during the Wales versus Argentina International match at the Millennium Stadium on November 10, 2012 in Cardiff, Wales.  (Photo b
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During their two-Test series against Ireland, Argentina withheld some stability in the back line above all else, with Joaquin Tuculet starting in both matches and doing an admirable job for the most part.

As shown by The Score, Tuculet was also an effective asset with ball in hand during the second Test:

The Grenoble utility missed just one tackle in those outings, per ESPN Scrum, and a similarly staunch resistance will be needed in order to stop the more practised and calculated approach that Cotter is hoping to promote.

Finn Russell will be probing the areas in behind the Pumas' defence perhaps more than Ireland's Jonny Sexton chose to over the past fortnight, putting a greater emphasis on Tuculet's need to steady himself and repel the chasing legions of Stuart Hogg and Sean Maitland.

Scotland: Nick De Luca

Having been added to his nation's roster for the upcoming games against Argentina and South Africa, it's feasible that Nick De Luca will slot right into Cotter's XV this Friday, bringing with him a wealth of experience at this level.

Speaking to BBC Sport concerning his recruitment, the 30-year-old said:

"I'm delighted to be called up and looking forward to hopefully proving my worth to the new coach. It's a big opportunity I have to take or I think it'll be my last inclusion."

EDINBURGH, SCOTLAND - NOVEMBER 11: Nick de Luca of Scotland breaks with the ball during the international match between Scotland and the New Zealand All Blacks at Murrayfield Stadium on November 11, 2012 in Edinburgh, Scotland.  (Photo by David Rogers/Get
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De Luca's clearly aware of just how much this means to his international future, and it's often when needs are at their greatest that a player can produce their best rugby.

Having recently signed for Biarritz, the centre has tough opponents ahead of him, but De Luca's experience should give him at least one edging factor over the likes of Jeronimo de la Fuente and Gabriel Ascarate.


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