Monday, October 10, 2011

We're not alone - Agustin Pichot wants Argentina to host Rugby World Cup 2023

The campaign for Argentina to host Rugby World Cup 2023 is more than just a dream. Argentine website,, caught up with the great former Pumas scrumhalf and captain Agustin Pichot in Wellington in the days following Argentina's 13-12 victory over Scotland. In an interview which seeked to investigate whether or not Argentina was to infact play in the 2012 Tri Nations or not, the former scrumhalf pointed out that the UAR has put forward the idea of hosting a Rugby World Cup within the next twelve years. Moreover, the suggestion has been talked about optimistically and the UAR are confident of the possibility.

Agustin Pichot had plenty to do with Argentina's admission into the Four Nations. He was the captain of Argentina for the vast majority of the 2000-2010 decade and after retirement worked for the UAR for the specific purpose of getting Argentina into an expanded Tri Nations.

The goal has been achieved and now the same man is to try to do even more for Argentine rugby as Agustin Pichot is set to be the UAR's leader in a project to indeed bring Rugby World Cup 2023 to Argentina. Questioned by journalist Santiago Dapelo as to the seemingly tought task of Argentina hosting the Rugby World Cup, Pichot responded that "it is not impossible, (and) I have wanted to get into another dance".

Pichot sees the opportunity in a similar way to that of us here at Rugby World Cup - Argentina 2023 in pointing out that "we (Argentina)  are able to put on a good World Cup. We have good stadiums". Pichot also suggests that there are a variety of ways in which Argentina could host the event. He says that Argentina are studying two variants: with Uruguay and Chile, or Brazil. Pichot went on to say that firstly it needs to be put together. While Pichot is indeed to have talks with officials from the three above mentioned South American countries he is confident that Argentina can go it alone.

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