SANZAR has invited Argentina to join the Southern Hemisphere’s main international competition, in an expanded Four Nations from 2012.
How the players received the news
The offer is conditional on the Pumas guaranteeing that their best players will take part, which could cause a challenge given that many of them play in Europe. It is also subject to approval by broadcasters, and confirmation that the tournament will be financially sustainable, but at last Argentina have been recognised as an International force.
Having finished third at the Rugby World Cup in 2007, there has been much debate about where they can be included in an International competition, and at last SANZAR has acknowledged the fact that expanding the Tri-Nations is the most obvious solution. We’ll now wait and see whether it becomes official…