Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Rugby Championship: The UAR will confirm venues today

The UAR is to confirm the venues for all six of Argentina´s home test matches this afternoon. A presentation will be made at the UAR headquarters in Buenos Aires which will bring an end to the speculation of which Argentine cities will and will not be hosting international rugby in 2014.


Expected to be confirmed today are Resistencia and Tucumán as the host cities for Ireland´s two match tour in June. Córdoba is to be allocated the one-off fixture against Scotland while the three venues for the Rugby Championship have been previously identied as being Salta, La Plata and Mendoza. Unlike in the first two Rugby Championship tournaments South Africa is to play in Salta and Australia in Mendoza. New Zealand will continue playing in La Plata.

The spread of venues ensures that Los Pumas will not play in the same city twice this year. It is an ideal policy with an eye to bidding to host Rugby World Cup 2023. Whilst Ireland, for instance, wishes to put in a bid all home test matches are played at the national stadium in Dublin. 

Before the venues are announced the first act of business is the UAR presidency. Luis Castillo´s term has come to a close and next week Carlos Araujo of Rosario will be sworn in as his successor. With Araujo replacing Castillo it will mean the head of Argentine rugby will again not be from Buenos Aires. 

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