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Official confirmation is yet to be made from the UAR but according to El Tribune Salta is going to host Argentina´s home match against South Africa in the 2014 Rugby Championship. It will take place on August 23 in the second round of the competition. The All Blacks will again play in La Plata in the fifth round while the match between Argentina and the Wallabies in the sixth round will be played at Mendoza which hosted South Africa in 2012 and 2013.
Taking the Springboks fixture to Salta is a significant move on the part of the UAR and a tremendous realization for the city and province of Salta. It means that northern Argentina will host a Rugby Championship match for the first time. The city is an important part of rugby in the country but San Miguel del Tucumán is not only larger but also a more productive rugby city.
Tucumán will not host a Rugby Championship match due to the city lacking a stadium with the modern facilities found in Salta. It will, however, host a test this year against Ireland. Salta, like La Plata and Mendoza hosted matches in the 2011 Copa América, South America´s biggest soccer event played every four years.
Another city involved in the Copa América is Córdoba which had its stadium significantly upgraded for the tournament and hosted Argentina v France in June 2012. It had been expected to host a Rugby Championship fixture this year but it is understood that the possibility of this eventuating ended yesterday thus promoting the decision to have Mendoza host a match again in 2014.
Rather than host the Springboks Mendoza is in line to host Australia this year while La Plata has been rewarded for delivering a strong attendance by hosting the most marketable fixture of the year - Argentina v New Zealand on September 27. Australia played in Rosario in 2012 and 2013 while Scotland did so in 2008. The Scots are to be confirmed as playing in Rosario or Córdoba in June with the fixture taking place a week after Tucumán hosts the second test against Ireland.
The four cities mentioned by El tribune to be joining the already confirmed Resistencia and Tucumán for Argentina´s home matches in 2014 all have venues that were suggested in the Book Rugby World Cup 2023. It is further support that the UAR is actively promoting the growth of rugby and the brand of Los Pumas outside of Buenos Aires.
Although there is no match in the capital this year La Plata is located 60KM from downtown Buenos Aires and is a satellite city of the capital. The facilities at La Plata are also the best in Argentina with the stadium having facilities to rival all others used in the tournament. El Monumental in Buenos Aires is larger and has hosted test rugby previously and will certainly do so in the future, arguably being suited to hosting the Rugby World Cup 2023 final.
Argentina 2014 Rugby
June 7 Argentina v Ireland, Resistencia
June 14 Argentina v Ireland, Tucumán
June 21 Argentina v Scotland, Rosario / Córdoba
August 23 Argentina v South Africa, Salta
September 27 Argentina v New Zealand, La Plata
October 4 Argentina v Australia, Mendoza