Argentina fix dates and venues for tests against France

rugby11 April 2024 15:34| © Reuters
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Argentina will host France in two tests in July in their first run out since last year’s Rugby World Cup and also play a one-off international against neighbours Uruguay, the Argentine Rugby Union announced on Thursday.

The French tourists will play the first test in Mendoza on 6 July and then a second encounter at the Velez Sarsfield stadium in Buenos Aires on 13 July.

Argentina will then travel across the border to take on Uruguay at Maldonado on 20 July.

The three tests are in preparation for this year’s Rugby Championship, which the Pumas begin with two away clashes against New Zealand, starting in Wellington on 10 August and then Auckland on 17 August.

Argentina then host Australia at La Plata on 31 August and Santa Fe seven days later before another home game against World Cup winners South Africa in Santiago del Estero on 21 September.

There is a return meeting in Nelspruit on 28 September.

France’s last visit to Argentina was in 2016 when they lost 30-19 in the first test at Tucuman but bounced back to level the series with a convincing 27-0 victory six days later at the same venue.

Argentina’s last test against Uruguay was in 2015 and saw them win 36-14 away in Montevideo.

Argentina have won all previous 39 tests against their neighbour.