Thursday, May 29, 2014

Progress: The IRB looking for Argentina to host more tournaments

Photo Rugby de Salta
The case for Argentina to host the Rugby World Cup in 2023 gained further ground on Wednesday as the UAR held meetings in Buenos Aires with IRB officials. Hot on the agenda was the possibility of Argentina playing host to more IRB tournaments in the future as decisions took place over the IRB 2019 Junior World Championship and a permanent leg of the IRB World Sevens Series being played in the country starting next season.

UAR President Carlos Araujo received IRB officials Mark Egan and David Carrigy. Egan is the Head of Competitions and Perfomance at the IRB while Carrigy is the IRB's Head of Development and International Relations. Also present was Santiago Ramallo who is the IRB's regional development officer in South America. In December 2012 Egan told Buenos Aires newspaper La Nacion that Argentina has sufficient infrastructure to host a Rugby World Cup.

Also present were UAR staff members including Agustín Pichot who together with Araujo outlined the current structure being used by the union and growth that has taken place over recent years. Having proven capable of hosting matches in the Rugby Championship the IRB is looking to Argentina for the South American country to host official IRB events.

Discussions occurred around the possibility of Argentina hosting the IRB Junior World Championship in 2019. Argentina has previously hosted the tournament on more than one occasion with 2010 being the most recent edition. The 2010 tournament was the first played under the existing format of under 20, rather than two models of under 19 and under 21, to take place in Argentina. It was played in the Litoral region with matches being played in Rosario, Santa Fé and Paraná.

The IRB is also looking at having Argentina host a leg of the IRB World Sevens Circuit. Egan told reporters than ''there are twenty-five countries interested in hosting a leg of the Sevens Circuit and Argentina is well prepared.'' The 2001 Rugby Sevens World Cup host city Mar Del Plata has emerged as the leading option with the tournament possibly being played in the beach resort city in January. 

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