Pumas to host Springboks at Vélez Sarsfield

With The Castle Lager Rugby Championship set to kick off this Friday, La Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) has confirmed its final home match against South Africa on Saturday 15 August will be played at Vélez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires, kicking off at 16:40 local.

The Springboks have visited the stadium on two occasions, posting a 39-7 win in December 2004 and 34-23 in November 2005 while Los Pumas have an 11-15-1 record since the venue’s first Test in 1986.

The stadium is situated in the west of the Argentine capital and has previously hosted 27 Tests, the most recent of which was England’s victory over Los Pumas in June 2013.

Not only does the match serve as the last opportunity for fans to farewell Los Pumas ahead of the Rugby World Cup, but it also marks the 50th anniversary of Argentina’s 1965 tour of South Africa and the UAR will celebrate the occasion with all living players and personnel.

The Castle Lager Rugby Championship kicks off in Christchurch this Friday night with New Zealand hosting Argentina before Australia hosts South Africa in Brisbane the following night. SuperSport will broadcast all the rugby action live on SS1.

The condensed three-round Championship sees teams face each other once, with a champion to be crowned on August 8, before a stand-alone round on August 15 serves as final preparation for September’s much-anticipated Rugby World Cup.

issued by SARU

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