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Pumas to host Boks at Velez Sarsfield

2015-07-13 13:09
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Cape Town - With The Rugby Championship set to kick off this Friday, the Argentine rugby union (UAR) has confirmed its final home match against South Africa on Saturday, August 15 will be played at Velez Sarsfield stadium in Buenos Aires (kick-off 16:40 local time/21:40 SA time).

The match will not form part of the Rugby Championship though, with Australia and New Zealand duelling in Auckland on that same day as part of their Rugby World Cup preparations.

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.

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.

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 Rugby Championship kicks off in Christchurch this Friday with New Zealand hosting Argentina before Australia welcome South Africa to Brisbane the following day.

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.

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