Tuesday, January 14, 2014

France v Argentina scheduled for Paris in November 2014

Photo The Score: Marcelo Bosch scored v France in Lille in 2012
The governing body for rugby in France, the Fédération français de rugby (FFR) has confirmed the international agenda for Les Bleus in November. France will play host to three test matches with the opening fixture being against Fiji on November 8 followed by tests against Australia and Argentina both at the Stade de France on November 15 and 22.

Confirmation that France will host Los Pumas at the Stade de France means it is to be the first test match between the nations in the French capital since Rugby World Cup 2007. Argentina´s notable campaign included two victories over the World Cup host nation, the first of which was at the Stade de France to open the tournament. 

When the teams met for the second time in what was the Bronze Final Argentina was again victorious, this time at the Parc des Princes located next to the home venue for Parisian club Stade Français which was the home to five players who held down starting positions in the tournament - Lucas Borges, Ignacio Corleto, Juan Martín Hernández, Agustín Pichot and Rodrigo Roncero. The fixtures were thus described by some as being semi-home matches for one third of the team. 

Since 2007 France´s home matches against Argentina have been played outside of Paris. The teams met in Marseilles in 2008, in Montpellier in 2010 and in Lille in 2012. The two tests in France between the nations in period between Rugby World Cups 2003 and 2007 saw one played in Marseilles and the other at the Stade de France.  

The policy that has seen France play one or two of its autumn internationals outside of Paris throughout this period will continue in 2014 with the location of the match against Fiji set to be at a yet determined stadium outside of the capital. Fiji´s last visit to France saw the teams face-off in Nantes in 2010. 

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