Santiago Phelan quits as Argentina head coach

Santiago Phelan has quit as the coach of Argentina’s national rugby team who have just completed their second season in the Rugby Championship without a win.

The Argentina Rugby Union have confirmed Phelan’s resignation but have given no reasons for his departure.

Argentina joined the Rugby Championship in 2012 and managed only a draw in six home-and-away matches against New Zealand, Australia and South Africa.

This season the team lost all six matches, but went close to scoring upsets at home against No. 2-ranked South Africa and in Perth against Australia.

Argentina – known as the Pumas – is trying to upgrade its rugby profile but has struggled to compete consistently against three of the game’s best national teams.

The Argentina Rugby Union are expected to name a replacement as soon as Tuesday

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