The Argentina rugby team is set to face Scotland at Wellington after it was revealed today by top officials. The teams will now meet in the New Zealand capital city on 25 September, while England will play their pool matches against Argentina (10 September) and Georgia (18 September) in Dunedin, at the city’s new 30,000-seat stadium
Argentinian centre Juan Del Val has signed new deal with Canterbury Rugby Club. The 28-year-old centre has played top-flight club rugby in Argentina for the past six seasons and represented the Buenos Aires regional side at under-19 and under-23 level.
The club are hoping to include Del Val in the squad which travels to meet Southend in National 2 South on Saturday, but are awaiting international clearance from the Argentina Rugby Union.
Canterbury spokesman David Haigh said: “We have been looking for an experienced centre for some time and Juan’s decision to come and play in Europe could not have come at a more opportune moment for us.”
A flawless display by Jonathan Sexton eased Ireland to an end-of-year 29-9 win over an off-colour Argentina at Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Sunday in their final autumn test.
The Ireland fly-half got the better of his former Leinster mentor, Argentina’s Felipe Contepomi, kicking 17 points as the hosts got the better of the side that has caused them enormous problems in the past including two demoralising defeats in the 1999 and 2007 World Cups.
The hosts also scored the only two tries of the game through Stephen Ferris and Gordon D’Arcy.