Argentina have been forced to change venues for Saturday’s Rugby League clash against South Africa from the Jose Amalfitani stadium in Buenos Aires due to poor pitch conditions.
Instead, the game will be played at Avellaneda, home of Independiente football club, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) announced on Monday.
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“After a new inspection, and after verifying this morning that the state of the Velez Sarsfield playing field does not meet the necessary conditions to host an international match, the (UAR) has been forced to change the venue of the ordeal,” a statement read. said.
After a new check, and after having verified this morning (Monday September 12) that the condition of the Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield playing field does not meet the conditions necessary for the holding of an international match, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) was forced to modify the scenario of the test match between Los Pumas and South Africa.
“The Test Rugby Championship, scheduled for Saturday September 17, will take place at Club Atlético Independiente, Avellaneda.
“A few days ago the pitch was in perfect condition, but further deterioration was noted, a situation that they have not been able to resolve, and it is essential to meet the requirements that a show of this level deserves and that SANZAAR demands.”
The clash remains Saturday with a late afternoon start.
“The UAR apologizes for the inconvenience caused by this last minute change, which totally exceeds its responsibility, since there was an express commitment on the part of those who had to ensure that the ground was in the conditions appropriate. These have unfortunately not been met.”
The four countries in the Rugby Championship have two wins and two losses this season with New Zealand ahead on 11 points and South Africa, Australia and Argentina on nine points.
Argentina traditionally use the Jose Amalfitani stadium, where football club Velez Sarsfield have their home, when they hold tests in the capital, but have also used other venues like the River Plate stadium and the Ferro Carril Oeste stadium. .