Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Los Pampas XV to play in Currie Cup?

The Mendoza test between Argentina and South Africa was not only historical due to the onfield action but also because of what took place behind closed doors. UAR President Luis Castillo told Argentine site ESPN Scrum that advanced talks are well underway for Argentina to change tournaments. South Africa Rugby is more than happy for Argentina to continue having a team in its competitions but the competition may well be changing as Castillo said the idea is to have Los Pampas XV playing in the Currie Cup rather than the Vodacom Cup. Not only would it be a superior competition for the up and coming local Argentine players but it would also see Los Pampas XV playing home matches in Argentina and not only playing in South Africa.

The competition is South Africa´s major domestic rugby tournament. It has been downsized this year to have a first division featuing only six teams. The remaining eight teams dispute the Currie Cup Premier Division, i.e. the Currie Cup B. The winner of the Currie Cup B will face the sixth placed side from the Currie Cup A to determine the placings for the 2013 season. Argentina´s addition to the South Africa comnpetition would need to be organized carefully due to in conflicting with the dates of The Rugby Championship. It would give a much larger number of players exposure to a good standard of rugby.

Should Argentina participate in the Currie Cup it would be in the B competition, and initially starting in 2014. Argentina´s calendar for 2013 will match that of 2012. Los Pampas XV will play in the Vodacom Cup, Argentina will play in The Rugby Championship, Argentina will host England in June 2013 and tour Europe in November.

With Thanks: scrum

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