Thursday, July 14, 2011

San Juan to host Argentina vs South America XV

Argentina´s final home match before Rugby World Cup 2011 will be played on August 06 in the western Argentine city of San Juan at the brand new estadio del Bicentenario which was recently constructed as a host venue for the 2011 Copa América soccer tournament which Argentina is hosting at the moment. The venue was confirmed in a press conference on Wednesday with the participation of the governor of San Juan Province, José Luís Gioja, the President of the UAR Luis Francisco Castillo and one of the Pumas coaches, former international centre, Fabián Turnes. The decision to stage the match in San Juan is a further indication of the UAR´s desire of taking international rugby to the Argentine public rather than have fixtures take place in the capital. The new stadium is the largest in the city and with a capacity of 25,286 is a great option as a host venue for Argentina 2023. Los Pumas played in San Juan twice in 2007 with test matches against Chile and Uruguay.

Argentina will take on a South American XV to be called the CONSUR XV which is a re-birth of the South American Jaguares who played international rugby against South Africa during the apartheid era. The match will kick-off at 3:30pm. It is to be the first of three games in August with Argentina subsequently taking on Wales on August 20 and English premiership side, the Worcester Warriors on August 23. A group of 39 players are currently going through the final preperation before coahc Santiago Phelan announces his squad of 30 players for New Zealand 2011. The group will return in time for Phelan to confirm his squad of 30 players next week. Following the matches in Wales and England, Los Pumas will return to Argentina for one week before departing for Dunedin on September 1 to prepare for the teams opening match of the tournament vs England.

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