Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Rosario and Mendoza confirmed to host Los Pumas matches in 2012

Earlier this afternoon the UAR announced the cities of Mendoza and Rosario as headquarters for one of Los Pumas´ home matches in 2012. The confirmation of the two cities ends months of campaigning from both cities as well as Córdoba and Tucumán to host an international match next year. Mendoza last hosted international rugby in June 2007 with Argentina taking on Italy. Rosario joined forces with Santa Fé and Paraná to host the 2010 IRB Junior World Championship while Rosario last hosted an international rugby match in June 2008 with Argentina hosting Scotland. It was Santiago Phelan´s debut as Los Pumas´ head coach.

There is no word yet on which match will be played in Mendoza or Rosario but there has been speculation that Rosario is in line to host Argentina´s The Rugby Championship clash vs Australia on October 06 with La Plata the venue for the matches vs South Africa and New Zealand. One of the two June international matches vs France has been rumoured to take place in greater Buenos Aires with the other being played in the interior. Argentina´s match vs Italy has similarly been suggested to be played in the interior. Mendoza is therefore likely to host either France or Italy with an additional venue likely to be announced at a latter point in time to host the second of the two matches in the interior. Possibilities are Córdoba, Corrientes, Salta, Santa Fé and Tucumán. All will be confirmed within the next seven days as the UAR are to confirm the venues for all six of Argentina´s home matches in 2012.

Los Pumas 2012 Schedule
June Internationals
June 09 Los Pumas vs Italy, tba
June 16 Los Pumas vs. France, tba
June 23 Los Pumas vs France, tba

The Rugby Championship
August 18 South Africa vs Los Pumas, Cape Town
August 25 Los Pumas vs South Africa, tba
September 08 New Zealand vs Los Pumas, Wellington
September 15 Australia vs Los Pumas, Gold Coast
September 29 Los Pumas vs New Zealand, tba
October 06 Los Pumas vs Australia, tba

November Tour
November 10 Wales vs Los Pumas, tba
November 17 France vs Los Pumas, tba
November 24 Ireland vs Los Pumas, tba

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