|Resistencia will host the first test|
As reported by Argentina2023 in December Ireland´s two match tour of Argentina in June will see the team from the Emerald Isle play test rugby far from Buenos Aires. The Irish Rugby Union has now confirmed that the Irish test side will take on Los Pumas in Resistencia and Tucumán.
In what is going to be Ireland´s first visit to Argentina since Rugby World Cup 2007 the Irish are to be giving a taste of the north with the first test being played in Resistencia in Chaco Province on June 7 near the border with Paraguay and the second being played in the rugby mad city of San Miguel del Tucumán in Tucumán province on June 14.
The selection of Resistencia for the fixture continues with the policy that underlines why Argentina is such a strong option for hosting Rugby World Cup 2023 - Argentina has widespread options. The Estadio Centenario in Resistencia has been utilized in the past by the UAR with Argentina taking on the French Barbarians in June 2011 but it is yet to host an official test match.
The Estadio Monumental Presidente José Fierro in Tucumán has much more experience in hosting international rugby with Argentina having played there as recently as 2012 against France. Argentina played at the venue for the first time in 1977 in a test match against Brazil which was a part of the South American Championship. This year´s fixture will be the ninth time that Los Pumas have played test rugby at the venue. Previous tests in Tucumán have seen Italy, France, Scotland, Wales and South American nations appear. Ireland, though is yet to play there with previous tests until 2007 all being in Buenos Aires.
Ireland´s two match tour of Argentina in 2007 saw Argentina winning the series two-nil to give the South Americans a solid platform to prepare for the pool match between the nations in Paris. The tests in 2007 took place in Santa Fé and Buenos Aires and despite making it three in a row at the Parc des Princes Los Pumas have been overwhelmed by Ireland since then with the Irish completing comprehensive victories in 2010 and 2012.
After hosting Ireland Argentina will then take on Scotland at a yet to be determined venue though it has been suggested that San Luis will host the fixture. Argentina´s Rugby Championship venues are also yet to be confirmed but UAR President Luis Castillo has indicated that the contenders are Córdoba, La Plata, Santa Fé and Salta.
Saturday June 7 Argentina v Ireland, Resistencia
Saturday June 14 Argentina v Ireland, Tucumán