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Argentina prepared to take 'calculated risks' against all-conquering England

Tomas Cubelli has insisted Argentina will not abandon their high-risk attacking strategy against England at Twickenham on Saturday.

Scrum-half Cubelli backed the Pumas to keep attacking despite being well aware of England's "perfect year".

England are still chasing a 100 per cent victory record for the calendar year, but Argentina are desperate to hit back to winning ways in London.

"We have to keep taking calculated risks - the potential reward has to be worth that," said Cubelli.

"It could be riskier to step back from that, we feel.

"That's the style of game we'll continue to push. We'll keep trying to play that kind of game.

"I think England are doing a great job, they are playing great rugby and everyone is talking about their perfect year.

"That won't make us think too much about them though, we have to focus on ourselves - there's things we have to fix and keep on improving.

"We wouldn't be here if we didn't think we could win this week.

"And so that would be massive for us."

Argentina's attacking intent as often leaves opponents floundering as seizing on costly errors.

The Pumas have produced several eye-catching performances in pushing back-to-back world champions New Zealand to the wire in the Rugby Championship.

Argentina even toppled South Africa 26-24 in August - but have since lost their following seven Tests.

Utility back Joaquin Tuculet has admitted 2016 has proved a gruelling year for the Pumas, as Argentina's Jaguares completed their maiden Super Rugby season.

Argentina's players who have completed the entire campaign with both club franchise the Jaguares and Test team the Pumas will have taken up to 50 long-haul flights in 35 weeks.

Former Sale and Cardiff flyer Tuculet still believes Argentina have the excitement and passion for one more big performance, h owever, with the chance to take on England adding a fresh boost for boss Daniel Hourcade's side.

"We have a good chance to change our year," said Tuculet.

"It's been tough, it's been a long season, playing Super Rugby and then with Los Pumas.

"It's been amazing, but hard.

"This weekend we have a chance to change things, in our last game.

"We have great players, we can play far better and so we expect to improve this weekend.

"We had a very good World Cup, we've sometimes managed to play some of our best rugby against the top teams.

"I don't know why that is. But it's time for us to raise the level again.

"England have a very good squad, they have had a fantastic year.

"England did brilliantly in Australia, and in the Six Nations too.

"They have great confidence from their coach and this will definitely be a tough game for us."


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