Thursday, February 23, 2012

Argentina vs Italy confirmed for San Juan

Estadio Bicentenario, San Juan

Argentina´s international season continues to take shape. The UAR´s pledge of taking rugby to the provinces in a bid to expand rugby´s market across the country has a record of success and this has led Argentina rugby´s governing body to utilize San Juan for Los Pumas´ first international match of the year. The Estadio Bicentenario in San Juan will host Argentina vs Italy which means the venue and city is backing up twelve months after hosting a World Cup warm-up match vs a South American XV. The match saw Argentina run out comfortable winners by a scoreline of 78-15 but served as good match practice with a number of fringe players being given a chance to impress. 

The match in San Juan is to be Los Pumas´ first of three home matches in the month of June. The remaining two will be played against France at two yet to be determined venues. The front runners  to host France are Argentina´s two largest cities - Buenos Aires and Córdoba, but there is a good chance that Salta could host a match. 

Los Pumas vs South American XV, 2011

Complete Pumas International Schedule
June 09  Los Pumas vs. Italia San Juan, Argentina Test Match
June 16  Los Pumas vs. Francia Argentina Test Match
June 23 Los Pumas vs. Francia Argentina Test Match

August 18 South Africa vs Los Pumas, Cape Town
August 25 Los Pumas vs South Africa,  Mendoza
September 09 New Zealand vs Los Pumas, Wellington
September 15 Australia vs Los Pumas, Gold Coast
September 29 Los Pumas vs New Zealand, La Plata
October 06 Los Pumas vs Australia, Rosario

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

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