Argentina Australia at.... Twickenham?



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    Argentina will play their final Rugby Championship test against the Wallabies at Twickenham.
    The teams will play the revenue-sharing international on October 9 (NZ time) in a return to the venue where the Wallabies won their World Cup semifinal clash 29-15.
     
     
    Not sure what I think of this - potentially a massive windfall for Argentinian rugby, but seems to dilute a test match in my mind.



  • My immediate thought was it would be lucky to be half full.



  • My immediate thought was it would be lucky to be half full.

    Yeah, not sure they'll get that many people there.
     
    Mind you, 6nations sells out each year, so maybe there is demand for additional test matches?



  • Yeah, not sure they'll get that many people there.
     
    Mind you, 6nations sells out each year, so maybe there is demand for additional test matches?

    But what are they going to do when people score tries? Riot?



  • My immediate thought was it would be lucky to be half full.

    Pretty hopeful for a dead-rubber.



  • It will be sold out for sure.  There are plenty of expat Aussies there, Argies from all over Europe will go and lets not forget the haughty-taughtys.
     
    It's amazing how much the pommy media are loving this, given how much they campaigned and whinged about sanzar excluding argies, and now are pinching one of their home games.  I hit Brendan Gallagher up on this about twitter, and he acknowledged the irony.
     
    All power to them I suppose, but a bit of a shafting for local argentinian fans.



  • a bit of a shafting? It's a disgraceful decision.



  • how many did they get to the Baabaa-Argie game a couple of weeks after the RWC?
     
    Maybe the Argies rated the Wallaby game the least of the 3 home fixtures.... :fishing:



  • How much does a 3/4 playoff usually draw?



  • Pretty stoked as a Wallabies fan. Much rather play the Argies at Twickers than in Mendoza or Salta or Cordoba or wherever. Not to mention it will be a far easier trip from SA.
     
    Our kickers will line-up for goal with dignified pommy silence, rather than struggling through cacophonous noise and laser pointers in their eyes.



  • Pretty hopeful for a dead-rubber.

    Hardly an unlikely scenario.
     
    I'd be surprised if they got a full house.



  • This makes absolutely no sense to me.

    "While we witness the daring and exciting brand of rugby played by southern hemisphere teams on a regular basis, last year's Rugby World Cup well and truly showcased that skill and flair to the rest of the world," Sanzaar ceo Andy Marinos said. .
     
    "Aligned with our intent to take this product across the globe, Argentina have embraced this by moving one of their home fixtures to Twickenham thereby affording an ever growing fan base in the United Kingdom with the opportunity to see two of the world's most entertaining teams to compete for one of the world's toughest trophies in front of a passionate rugby crowd at Twickenham."

    That seems pretty bloody condescending to English rugby and in fact the entire 6 Nations tournament which has a big following and a shit load of history behind it. Do fans up there really think "ooohhh I wish I could watch a Southern Hemisphere team, any Southern Hemisphere team, instead of my country!!" ???

    UAR president Carlos Araujo said rugby interest in Argentina was growing and after seven domestic Super rugby matches, the Pumas would play the Boks and All Blacks at home before taking their final clash to Twickenham.

    Sorry if the interest in rugby is growing in Argentina why the fuck are you taking one of your home matches to England? How does that help "grow" the game in Argentina again? Am I missing something?

    ARU boss Bill Pulver said Sky Sports figures indicated there was huge interest in the Rugby Championship and this was a chance for fans in the UK to see a match live.

    Sky Sports.... ohh right it's just a money grab. Cool.



  • How many Pumas still based in Europe?
    Maybe a sop to their travel schedule?



  • Imagine a 6N game in Argentina?! That's all I'm saying.



  • This makes absolutely no sense to me.
     
     
    That seems pretty bloody condescending to English rugby and in fact the entire 6 Nations tournament which has a big following and a shit load of history behind it. Do fans up there really think "ooohhh I wish I could watch a Southern Hemisphere team, any Southern Hemisphere team, instead of my country!!" ???
     
     
    Sorry if the interest in rugby is growing in Argentina why the fuck are you taking one of your home matches to England? How does that help "grow" the game in Argentina again? Am I missing something?
     
     
    Sky Sports.... ohh right it's just a money grab. Cool.

    Of course, it's a money grab. Just like us playing Ireland in the USA.



  • The part that makes no fucking sense to me is Argentina sharing the revenue. It's THEIR home game! Are Australia splitting the revenue from their home game against Argentina as well? Or is this a one way street? Because to me, it doesn't seem like Australia should be coming out of it with much money at all. They can give up their own fucking home game if they want a bail out.



  • Of course, it's a money grab. Just like us playing Ireland in the USA.Yes, just like us this fixture is tying into the massive Australian diaspora playing against the best, most known rugby playing nation on Earth in a market struggling to put together a professional league?



  • Yes, just like us this fixture is tying into the massive Australian diaspora playing against the best, most known rugby playing nation on Earth in a market struggling to put together a professional league?

    and it's for competition points



  • Yes, just like us this fixture is tying into the massive Australian diaspora playing against the best, most known rugby playing nation on Earth in a market struggling to put together a professional league?

    Yes, well, Argentina needs money. As you say they can't play a game in the USA. No one would watch it. So they choose to play a game in one of the most famous rugby grounds in the world, which they know they can get a good crowd to.



  • Yes, just like us this fixture is tying into the massive Australian diaspora playing against the best, most known rugby playing nation on Earth in a market struggling to put together a professional league?

    Ah yes, this is just a cynical money grab by the ARU - unlike those noble, selfless All Blacks venturing into barbaric non-rugby territory to spread the good word and give the local Irish some love.


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