Hello and welcome to tonight's live blog of the Rugby Championship opener between the All Blacks and Argentina in Christchurch.
Two of Christchurch's favourite sons will play their final matches in the city tonight, looking to complete a perfect test record in the Garden City.
Richie McCaw and Dan Carter have both played eight tests in Christchurch and have yet to suffer defeat in the black jersey.
And with the All Blacks $1.04 favourites to win tonight, it would be a brave punter to bet against Carter and McCaw both making it nine from nine.
We're 90 minutes away from kick off now and it's looking like a peach of a night in Christchurch.
I'm Steven Holloway and, with the help of Kris Shannon, will cover all bases from tonight's game. Tweets, pics, polls and of course play by play commentary. Maybe even a few jokes.. So, to get involved with the blog click 'comment now' and share your views.
Match predictions and blog compliments are always welcome and let us know where you're tuning in from - especially if it's somewhere remote. We had a viewer tuning in from Antarctica last Wednesday... can anyone beat that tonight?
Herald reporter Kurt Bayer is in Christchurch and will be filing to us throughout the evening. Here is his first take: A sea of silver ferned, black and white adorned fans, littered with occasional light blues of Los Pumas supporters bringing their exotic South American sounds and flavour, are packing in to the sold out temporary stadium for Christchurch's only test of the year.
Crusaders season ticket holder Jessie Tritschler, 33, has followed their glittering careers for years.
Tonight he thinks the crowd will be more vocal than ever.
"Seeing the All Blacks win is the priority but seeing Dan and Richie together in Christchurch for probably the last time is pretty special for us," he said.
Mr Tritschler especially hopes to see his idol Carter go well.
"I'm a real big Dan Carter fan. My wife thinks it's a bit strange. But I really hope he goes well, especially with this year being a World Cup year.
"We've got to get cracking on the journey."
From Kurt: Police have urged fans to get to the ground early.
The only stadium parking is pre-paid allocated parking and there are very limited spaces on nearby streets.
There are park and ride options from The Palms, Northwood, Merivale and Hornby Malls direct to the stadium which police are encouraging drivers to use to “help minimise congestion and avoid frustration” before kick-off.
What will be the key to tonight's game? Justin Marshall thinks it may be Dan Carter's cross field 'pass'..
A young Dan Carter planned to strike it rich. Richie McCaw grew up with a dream to be an All Black.
Both men certainly achieved those goals and now they are about to say goodbye to the Canterbury region in which they found so much success.
Read Kris Shannon's piece on how the boys made good.
From Kurt in Christchurch: Nathan Kennedy has brought his 4-year-old son Baxter to his first All Blacks game.
The face-painted youngster is excited to see McCaw in action, and also to witness the haka first-hand.
"Hopefully he won't want to leave after the haka though," Mr Kennedy said.
Three young mates, Sebastian de Joux, 9, and identical twins Danny and Jack Dawson, 8, are "pumped" for their first All Blacks game.
They are super excited to see their three favourite players - Mcaw, Carter and Julian Savea.
From Kurt at the ground: Argentinian fans Nicolas Anzoategui, 27, and Maria Ines Giannullo, 26, know they are in the minority tonight but they will make themselves known.
They say Kiwi crowds are typically pretty quiet compared to Argentina supporters.
"We know Los Pumas never win against the All Blacks, but tonight we cheer, we sing, and we hope," said Ms Giannullo, in New Zealand touring around and working on a 1-year work visa.
Evening Steve, evening team. Half an hour till kick off in what's shaping as an intriguing match. The All Blacks have never lost to Argentina (W19 D1) and it's unlikely that will change tonight. But what sort of performance can we expect after last week's scratchy win over Samoa?
Argentina have left a host of top talent behind, with one eye firmly fixed on the World Cup, and the running game they have recently adopted may be eschewed on a cold night in Christchurch. But the All Blacks are still testing combinations as well, so the level of fluency will be interesting to see.
One combination of particular interest tonight will be in the centres, where Ma'a Nonu will line up outside Sonny Bill Williams. Nonu is in the form of his life and, while the same cannot be said of SBW, it's hard to imagine a more devastating partnership on paper.
The last time the All Blacks lost in Christchurch (Aug 1, 1998), this was the top song in the country.