Argentina pushed New Zealand all the way in Buenos Aires, and All Blacks star Ardie Savea agreed the contest felt like war at times.
Argentina kept New Zealand scoreless for the second half of their Buenos Aires showdown, but could not avoid a Rugby Championship defeat.
New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina will all hope to find form at the tournament ahead of the Rugby World Cup in Japan.
Argentina have named 13 Jaguares in their starting line-up to face New Zealand in the Rugby Championship.
Sevu Reece is among the Rugby World Cup hopefuls who will look to make their mark in a shortened Rugby Championship.
Jibril Rajoub has been found to have incited hatred against Lionel Messi after CAS rejected his appeal against a 12-month ban.
The top try-scorer in the 2019 Super Rugby season, Sevu Reece, will make his first appearance for the All Blacks against Argentina.
Lionel Messi's attack on CONMEBOL and the Copa America has not gone down well with Brazil captain Dani Alves.
Argentina's fury at their Copa America exit prompted reports they could play in UEFA, a suggestion denied by the governing body.
CONMEBOL released a statement in response to comments made by Lionel Messi following Argentina's win over Chile on Saturday.