The key talking points ahead of Wales’ clash with Argentina

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Wales continue their Autumn Nations Series campaign on Saturday when they tackle Argentina at the Principality Stadium.

The game comes just seven days after a 55-23 defeat against New Zealand – the most points ever conceded by Wales in Cardiff.

Here, the PA news agency looks at some key talking points ahead of Argentina’s visit.

Pressure mounting on Wayne Pivac?

Wayne Pivac
Wayne Pivac has experienced highs and lows as Wales head coach (Joe Giddens/PA)

World rankings tell a story

Three years and three months ago, Wales were on top of the world, enjoying a brief stint as rugby union’s number one-ranked team. That status followed a 14-match unbeaten run under Gatland between March 2018 and August 2019. It is a distant memory now, though, with Wales dropping to ninth after Argentina and Scotland went above them following their New Zealand defeat last weekend. Wales’ Six Nations rivals Ireland, France, England and Scotland all occupy higher places approaching the end of a year that has so far seen Pivac’s team win just two Tests and lose seven.

Pumas on the prowl

Argentina players celebrate beating England at Twickenham (David Davies/PA)

Wales must get physical

Taulupe Faletau a class apart

Eleven years after he made his Wales debut, number eight Faletau continues to perform at a level consistently higher than most of those around him. He will be 32 on the day Wales face Argentina, but his imperious powers show no sign of waning. In defeat against New Zealand last weekend, Faletau’s statistics were extraordinary. He made 26 tackles and missed none, while his 15 carries were three more than anyone else managed in the Wales team. The Cardiff forward delivers one world-class display after another, and a 92nd Wales appearance promises to be no different.

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