Rugby World Cup: NZ legend Dan Carter's advice for All Blacks heading into semi-final against Argentina

Just three days out from the All Blacks' semi-final against Argentina, some of the best to ever wear the black jersey have laid out exactly what it'll take for the side to take the next step and progress to the World Cup final.  

Although they produced a performance for the ages in the quarter-final win over Ireland, history shows All Black sides haven't always been able to discover it again the following week and the team has been urged to be mentally ready for what's to come.  

Having weathered the Irish storm, Sam Cane's side must now find a way to repeat the dose against the Pumas.  

"They just need to be really clinical in everything they do, in both attack and defence," two-time All Blacks World Cup winner Dan Carter told Newshub.  

One of the All Blacks' greatest ever knows a thing or two about that. Three-time world player of the year Carter was part of two successful and two unsuccessful campaigns during his decorated test career.  

Dan Carter with All Blacks captain Sam Cane.
Dan Carter with All Blacks captain Sam Cane. Photo credit: Getty Images

Despite retiring from the international game eight years ago, the former first-five remains as popular as ever, and Carter feels there's a key area the All Blacks must nail to keep their World Cup dream alive.  

"Discipline can also be a difference between winning and losing...  nail the fundamentals and win those big moments," he added. 

They had no trouble doing that against Ireland but backing that effort up against Argentina now the focus for the All Blacks.  

"As an athlete, it's hard to get back up after what was pretty much the complete performance because you've had to do that, and that's a mental thing," said former All Blacks flyer turned commentator Jeff Wilson. 

It's something the All Blacks couldn't do four years ago, when they succumbed to an English onslaught in the semi-final in Japan, coincidentally after a quarter-final win over Ireland. 

Wilson knows better than most the challenges of backing up a quarter-final win, reflecting on his experience at the Australia tournament. 

"In 1999 we went through that. We were in complete control against France and then, in the moment for 15 minutes, we lost control of the game. That's what you can't afford to do against Argentina"  

The All Blacks won plenty of those moments in their classic against Ireland, but Argentina possess a different threat entirely.  

While this occasion might be different to the Rugby Championship stage they're used to, the Pumas have already shown they can handle what the All Blacks throw at them, as they proved with their first test win over in New Zealand last year.  

"They've already created history against the All Blacks," Wilson added. "They've found ways to do that, not just beat them once, but to beat them in New Zealand. So, in their minds, that hurdle's already been done"  

The All Blacks are now determined to prevent the Pumas adding a World Cup semi-final victory to their list of firsts against the men in black. 

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