Argies to join 3N

Written by Warren Smith (war1)

Posted in :All Blacks, In the news, Springboks, Tri Nations, Wallabies on 15 Sep 2009 at 17:14
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SANZAR, the controlling body of Southern Hemisphere competitions, has extended a conditional invitation to Argentina to join the Tri-Nations from 2012 to create a new ‘Four Nations’ championship. courtesy of www.rugby365.com

Andy Marinos, Acting Managing Director of SA Rugby and CEO of SANZAR confirmed the invitation on Monday.

“To have the Pumas, third at the World Cup in 2007 and currently ranked sixth in the world, join with the three top ranked international teams in the world will be exciting for fans, players, sponsors and broadcasters across our four countries and beyond,” Marinos said.

“They play a different style to the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies and their inclusion will see the Tri-Nations evolve to be a truly Southern Hemisphere Championship,” he added.

SANZAR (South Africa, New Zealand and Australian Rugby) stressed that conditions are attached to the invitation for the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) to join the Four Nations in 2012.

They are focused around:
* Argentina securing the participation of their best players to play in the Four Nations. To assist with this the National Unions of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa are very keen to actively work with Argentina to place their best players across Super Rugby teams in the three countries;
* SANZAR and Argentina confirming the financial model that will apply;

“In addition, SANZAR is in the process of renegotiating its broadcasting contracts and, whilst we have kept our broadcasters fully informed about the discussions with Argentina, we now need to confirm their view on the plan to include Argentina from 2012,” said Marinos.

“With the significant progress the UAR has made in transforming rugby in Argentina and making the case to SANZAR for it to be included in the Tri-Nations, we are confident that SANZAR, the UAR and the IRB can work together to confirm the Pumas participation from 2012.”

The President of the UAR, Porfirio Carreras, said: “This is a momentous time for rugby in Argentina and I would like to thank my board and everyone who supported us to reach this point. We are very much looking forward to working with our partners in Australia, New Zealand and South Africa to secure our place in the best competition in world rugby in 2012.”

The format for the new Four Nations will see the four teams playing on a home and away basis meaning six matches per team and a total of 12 matches overall.

The Four Nations will be played from mid-August (following the end of the new Super Rugby competition) for an eight or nine week period through until early to mid-October.

In a World Cup year an abbreviated format will be played through July and August.

Augustine Pichot, the captain of the Pumas team at World Cup in 2007 and now a member of the UAR High Performance Board and a member of Four Nations project team, said: “I can’t express the joy of myself and the team that has been working on this project to get to this point.

“We are delighted to have the chance to become a great rugby nation and to play in top-level international rugby and we are committed to working with SANZAR to meet the conditions.

“This exciting development will be vital to grow the game in Argentina. This is historic and everyone in Argentina should be proud.”

Marinos said SANZAR looked forward to confirming the Pumas’ place alongside the All Blacks, Springboks and Wallabies in a new Four Nations. He said SANZAR would be meeting representatives of the UAR and the IRB to work towards confirming this.


  • Will believe it when I see it.

    Aus only allow 1 ‘non aussie’ per team in their S14 sides not?

    NZ even less if I’m not mistaken.

    Now way any SH side can compete with the French Euro.

    Even if released by their French clubs that means they’ll be playing flat out 12 months a year.

  • Comment 1, posted at 15.09.09 17:25:38 by McLovin Reply
  • As the esteemed McLovin would put it “This are good.” 😎

  • Comment 2, posted at 15.09.09 19:27:14 by klempie Reply
  • Hello.

    Is there anybody in there?
    Just nod if you can hear me.
    Is there anyone home?

  • Comment 3, posted at 16.09.09 09:17:35 by McLovin Reply
  • In other news. NZ made a few changes for the last tri-nations encounter.

    New Zealand – 15 Mils Muliaina, 14 Cory Jane, 13 Isaia Toeava, 12 Ma’a Nonu, 11 Joe Rokocoko, 10 Dan Carter, 9 Jimmy Cowan, 8 Kieran Read, 7 Richie McCaw (c),6 Adam Thomson, 3 Tom Donnelly,4 Brad Thorn, 3 Neemia Tialata, 2 Andrew Hore, 1 Tony Woodcock.
    Subs: 16 Aled de Malmanche, 17 John Afoa, 18 Jason Eaton, 19 Rodney So’oialo, 20 Brendon Leonard, 21 Stephen Donald, 22 Hosea Gear.

  • Comment 4, posted at 16.09.09 09:19:50 by McLovin Reply
  • Namibia Sevens tournament in Windhoek kicks off on September 25 and 26. 😎

  • Comment 5, posted at 16.09.09 09:23:05 by McLovin Reply
  • From Rugby365:

    Currie Cup Team of the Week – Round 10:

    15 – Hennie Daniller (Free State Cheetahs):
    Like the rest of the Cheetahs he had a very iffish start to the season, but he is now leaving his mark on the tournament in no uncertain terms.
    Bubbling under: Stefan Terblanche (Sharks)

    14 – Lionel Mapoe (Free State Cheetahs):
    Another Sevens star that is fast developing into a quality 15-a-side player.
    Bubbling under: Tonderai Chavhanga (Western Province)

    13 – Frikkie Welsh (Western Province):
    Without doubt his best game of the season, finally showing his full array of skills.
    Bubbling under: Corné Uys (Free State Cheetahs)

    12 – Barry Geel (Griquas):
    Much of which is good in the Griquas outfit – good, honest toilers – can be found in Geel.
    Bubbling under: Stefan Watermeyer (Blue Bulls)

    11 – Lwazi Mvovo (Sharks):
    He is growing in stature every week, as one of the many youngsters who are putting up their hands in the Currie Cup this season.
    Bubbling under: Francois Hougaard (Blue Bulls)

    10 – Juan Martin Hernandez (Sharks):
    He has finally lived up to the reputation with which he arrived, but it was to be expected that he would take a week or two to settle down.
    Bubbling under: Ruan Boshoff (Golden Lions)

    9 – Heinie Adams (Blue Bulls):
    Still one of the most underrated scrumhalves in South Africa – but it is a position in which there is an abundance of talent – with Charl McLeod, Jano Vermaak and Michael Bondesio all making strong statements.
    Bubbling under: Charl McLeod (Sharks)

    8 – Dewald Potgieter (Blue Bulls):
    We are probably repeating ourselves, but he does have a lot of the qualities required for a player to become an international star at some stage. He had strong competition from Willem Alberts and Ashley Johnson.
    Bubbling under: Willem Alberts (Golden Lions)

    7 – Duane Vermeulen (Western Province):
    His physical presence was immense at the weekend and will be even more important now that Chris Jack has left.
    Bubbling under: Todd Clever (Golden Lions)

    6 – Francois Louw (Western Province):
    He is emerging as one of the most improved players of the season.
    Bubbling under: Johan Wessels (Free State Cheetahs)

    5 – David de Villiers (Free State Cheetahs):
    A player who put his hand up week-after-week and deserves more plaudits than he is getting.
    Bubbling under: Wilhelm Steenkamp (Blue Bulls)

    4 – Chris Jack (Western Province):
    The men from Cape Town are certainly going to miss his services now that he has returned home to New Zealand.
    Bubbling under: Jacques Lombaard (Griquas)

    3 – WP Nel (Free State Cheetahs):
    This young man has a very bright future ahead of him. Western Province may still rue another ‘big one’ that got away.
    Bubbling under: Brok Harris (Western Province)

    2 – Adriaan Strauss (Free State Cheetahs):
    Without doubt the form hooker in the competition at the moment.
    Bubbling under: Marthinus van der Westhuizen (Leopards)

    1 – Wikus Blaauw (Western Province):
    He has been a delight to watch, playing a big role in Province’s improved set-piece play.
    Bubbling under: Coenie Oosthuizen (Free State Cheetahs)

  • Comment 6, posted at 16.09.09 09:26:30 by McLovin Reply

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