Argentina to face Australia at Twickenham in Rugby Championship

Argentina to face Australia at Twickenham in Rugby Championship

Argentina and Australia will face off at Twickenham in first Rugby Championship match to be staged outside participating nations.

Twickenham is to host Argentina's home clash with Australia in this year's Rugby Championship, it has been confirmed.

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The possibility of taking a match to England was raised by the Argentina Rugby Union (UAR) in January, with president Carlos Araujo keen to capitalise on the country's growing reputation in world rugby.

And the fixture - a repeat of the Rugby World Cup semi-final at the same venue - has now been set for October 8, marking the first time a Rugby Championship match has been staged outside the participating nations.

"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," said SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos.

"Now, we are thrilled to announce that two of our national teams, Argentina and Australia will be returning to the United Kingdom some 12 months later to contest what will be a historic chapter of The Rugby Championship.

"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 compete for one of the world's toughest trophies in front of a passionate rugby crowd at Twickenham."

Australian Rugby Union CEO Bill Pulver added: "The two nations played out a thoroughly entertaining Rugby World Cup semi-final at Twickenham only a few months ago, so I'm sure fans in England will take the opportunity to see another open, attacking encounter between two teams who love playing with ball in hand."

In case you missed it, Australia beat Argentina 29-15 in the World Cup semi-finals, but went on to lose to New Zealand in the final.

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