Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Córdoba will host Argentina v Scotland in June

Photo Diaadia: Los Pumas will return
 to Córdoba in 2014. 
Córdoba is to stage the international test match between Argentina and Scotland this coming June. Confirmation was made earlier today and with it all that remains is for the UAR to announce the international schedule for the year which now has Resistencia, Tucumá, Córdoba, Salta, La Plata and Mendoza confirmed as the six venues for Argentina´s incoming test matches this year.

Córdoba had been trying to secure a Rugby Championship match but failed to do so and was only able to secure the test against Scotland at the eleventh hour. Rosario had been set to host the match but Córdoba convinced the UAR to have it played in Argentina´s second largest city. Instead Córdoba will host the match on June 21 with it being the third of three incoming tests after Argentina will have faced Ireland in Resistencia and Tucumán.

Confirmation that Córdoba wll stage the match means that the city will host its second test match in three years. It was used by the UAR in 2012 for the first of two tests against France but was unable to secure a Rugby Championship match in the first two years, or in 2013 due to the UAR having had problems in working with the local union.

The problems appear to have been resolved but the venue for the test match wll be different to that of 2012. The Estadio Mario Kempes is considered to be too big for a June international. With Argentina set to field a side missing most European based players it is not a match that carries the same appear as another home test. As such the test wll be played at either the Estadio de Belgrano or the Río Cuarto.

Missing out in hosting this year will be Rosario which hosted Pumas tests in 2012 and 2013 against the Wallabies. Also not included is San Juan which was the location for Argentina v Italy in 2012 and v Georgia in 2013. In 2015 Argentina will play in a reduced Rugby Championship while there will be no incoming tours due to it being Rugby World Cup year. 

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