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More Pumas for the CC

Written by Andre Bosch (KSA Shark ©)

Posted in :Currie Cup on 3 Mar 2008 at 12:33

Argentina will make a surprise appearance in the 2009 Currie Cup series, according to a report in Sunday’s Afrikaans newspaper Sondag.

Rugby 365 reports that according to the report, South African Rugby Union (SARU) president Oregan Hoskins has confirmed that an invitation has gone out to Argentina to form part of the Currie Cup next year as part of the on-going commitment to give them more rugby exposure.

This means there will be two sets of ‘Pumas’ competing in South Africa’s domestic competitions – the Mpumalanga breed and those from Argentina.

As many of their players are contracted in Europe, Argentina’s side will only be made up of players based in the country, and will start off their matches in the First Division before moving up to the Premier Division where they may also get the right to host Currie Cup games in South America.

Hoskins told the newspaper the revolutionary plan was discussed at the IRB’s conference in Woking last year and that SARU were currently looking for ways of hosting the Argentineans in a cost effective manner.

“We are currently looking at costs and different parts of the country where we can perhaps base the team at the moment,” Hoskins told Sondag.

“We will have to host them in South Africa until they can get a good business plan together and it is commercially viable to host games in Argentina. We thought we need to start them in the First Division of the Currie Cup so that they can find their feet.

“It will also be a wonderful opportunity to give our smaller unions a chance to play against some strong international competition.”

Argentina’s national side is due to play Tests against the Tri-Nations rugby unions this year, with a game against the World Champion Springboks planned as a celebration for former State President Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday in August.

“South Africa have always been intimately involved with the development of Argentinean rugby, and we hope this will help them develop to be a world power in the future.”


  • Woodburn Stadium should be their home ground. :cool:

  • Comment 1, posted at 03.03.08 12:34:45 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • This whole idea is great except for this little bit.

    they may also get the right to host Currie Cup games in South America.

  • Comment 2, posted at 03.03.08 12:35:37 by KSA Shark © Reply
    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • not sure what to make of this… anything that raises the standard of the WOEFUL Currie Cup has got to be good news.

  • Comment 3, posted at 03.03.08 12:41:07 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • will SA provincial teams be permitted to play in the glorious (?!)Campeonato Argentino de Selecciones (Argentinian Provincial Championship)? :roll:

    So our provincial teams can go back to Tucuman and play the “Naranjas” (“Oranges” nicknamed) as in 1994 when the spectators spitted all the time against Bokke players and management and also tried to invade the locker rooms. :shock:

  • Comment 4, posted at 03.03.08 12:56:23 by HO Reply

    HOUnder 19 player
  • Hi HO.

    I got your email but keep getting side tracked when I want to reply.

    Thanks for the comments on our family Blog and yes i will record matches for you anytime provided you are happy with the picture quality on the DVD I sent of the RWC.

  • Comment 5, posted at 03.03.08 13:03:40 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • KSA Shark
    the quality of the DVD you sent me was wonderful.
    I still watch it sometimes and feel so happy (who says a team must score tries to win the Rugby World Cup final?)

  • Comment 6, posted at 03.03.08 14:16:01 by HO Reply

    HOUnder 19 player
  • HO Amen to that.

    tries are only important when there are bonus points at stake.

  • Comment 7, posted at 03.03.08 14:28:43 by KSA Shark © Reply

    KSA Shark ©Head Coach
  • KSA – any chance you can send me DVD’s of the sharks matches? ;)

  • Comment 8, posted at 03.03.08 14:52:28 by robdylan Reply
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    robdylanHead Coach
  • 4 Me 2… :mrgreen:

  • Comment 9, posted at 03.03.08 14:56:26 by Charlie Reply

    CharlieSuper Rugby player
  • Argentinean rugby has zero money, South African rugby has zero money… who will pay for this?

    Pipe dreaming… concentrate on fixing our woeful archaic coaching structures from schools to clubs to VC to CC to S14 before all else…

  • Comment 10, posted at 03.03.08 15:06:10 by bryce_in_oz Reply

    bryce_in_ozCurrie Cup player

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