Thursday, December 19, 2013

Argentina to host Ireland in Chaco and Tucumán in 2014
Los Pumas v French Barbarians in Resistencia in 2011
The venues for Argentina's home test matches in 2014 are yet to be confirmed with the UAR having had the intention of making an announcement earlier this month. 

The President of the governing body of Argentine rugby, Luis Castillo has nonetheless indicated which venues are under consideration for all of Argentina's six home tests against Tier One opposition. La Plata has been confirmed as once again being the venue to play host to Los Pumas v the All Blacks while Córdoba, Salta and Santa Fé have been short listed as hosting the Springboks and Wallabies. 

Before the Rugby Championship Argentina will play host to Ireland and Scotland with the Irish playing two tests  and Scotland one. Scotland will also play tests in Canada and the USA with Toronto and Houston looking to break the attendance records set in 2013 for rugby matches in North America. Castillo has not named the venue to host Scotland but has indicated that it could well be one of Buenos Aires, Rosario or San Luis. 

The host cities for the two tests against Ireland, on the other hand, have been confirmed by Castillo. The first test will be played in Chaco province and the second in Tucumán. The likely stadiums for these matches are the Estadio Centenario in Resistencia and the Estadio Monumental Presidente José Fierro in Tucumán. Los Pumas have played in both stadiums in recent years. In 2011 Argentina faced the French Barbarians in Resistencia while France played a test in Tucumán the following year. 

The location of Chaco and Tucumán provinces compared to Buenos Aires provide a strong indication of the focus of the UAR to grow the game and have rugby continue to grow in Argentina. While the decision surrounding the host nation of Rugby World Cup 2023 is still a long way from being determined the UAR is on course to have a ready made list of venues as the South American nation is able to host international matches throughout the country and do so at adequate venues for the purpose of hosting a World Cup. 

The tradition of hosting all matches in different cities is set to continue in 2014. By way of comparison, the 2015 Rugby World Cup host nation, England will host all its home internationals in London.

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