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With the objective of continuing the execution of the High Performance Plan in Argentina the UAR opened a Rugby Centre in the northern city of Salta on Tuesday. It is one of five new centres that the UAR has in Argentina and is to be a crucial part of the development of players in the region from juniors to the senior level.
Joining the five centres already in operation in Buenos Aires, Córdoba, Mendoza, Rosario and Tucumán the new centre in Salta ensures that Argentine rugby will be able to progress forward and have more players adapt for the requirements of representative rugby. Salta is to be one of five new venues with all of Alto Valle, Mar del Plata, Noroeste and Santa Fé to have their own centres too.
The UAR is seeking to acquire superior technical and physical players that represent Argentina at all national levels including at provincial level, Sevens and test level. The new centre was opened by the President of the Unión de Rugby de Salta, Adolfo Mimessi in collaboration with the Salta Governor, Juan Manuel Urtubey.
Salta has produced a number of important players such as Juan Figallo and has previously played host to international matches against England in 2009 and 2013. It is also expected to be confirmed as the host city for the 2014 Rugby Championship match against South Africa. Thre city is located in the north of the country where rugby enjoys notable popularity.
With a population of over 600,000 it is a city with strong credentials to host Rugby World Cup matches should the IRB break the policy of having parts of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland host matches every eight years.