Argentina close to securing ‘home’ test in England

Argentina are close to securing a “home” rugby test in England next year in order to improve their finances.

The Pumas were scheduled to host England twice next June, but the Argentine Rugby Union approached their English counterpart in October about playing one of the tests in England.

Argentina would remain the home team and take receipts from the gate and merchandise.

The UAR was keen for a boost in funds to help the Pumas A team play in the Churchill Cup in North America at the same time, and to support plans for a professional nursery of talent, one of the key requirements for possible inclusion in the Tri-Nations.

“We are keen to assist Argentina and will take the opportunity of playing the match away from Twickenham to aid rugby development in the regions,” English RFU chief executive Francis Baron said on Friday.

Possible venues include Old Trafford, the home of Manchester United which hosted an England-New Zealand match in 1997, and Wembley Stadium, where Australia played the Barbarians last week.

The Pumas beat England in England for the first time in 2006.


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