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    Contempomi prefers 6 Nations to Tri-natio

    Buenos Aires - It would be madness for Argentina to join the Tri-Nations without a complete revamp of the Argentine championship, according to Leinster flyhalf Felipe Contepomi.

    "I think it would be ideal for the growth of (Argentine) rugby but it seems crazy to me to play the Tri-Nations," the Pumas back told the local website www.aplenorugby.com.ar.

    "We'd have to make a lot of changes to the Argentine championship and the UAR (Argentina's union) and that's why I think that the best thing would be to play the Six Nations," the 29-year-old medical student said.

    The UAR has been seeking a place in a top international competition for the Pumas and lobbied in February in Australia for possible inclusion in the southern hemisphere's Tri-Nations.




    'The Tri-Nations is played when most of us are on holiday'
    Wallaby coach John Connolly, however, voiced widespread concerns that Argentina would not be able to field a full strength team when their top players are contracted to French and English clubs.

    This is why the northern hemisphere's Six Nations is the preferred option of Pumas coach Marcelo Loffreda.

    "The Tri-Nations is played when most of us are on holiday and we need to rest," Contepomi said.

    "Now, if the UAR can create something in which we could play again in Argentina, in regional professional teams, like they do in New Zealand, that would be different."

    By Rex Gowar in London.

    http://www.iol.co.za/index.php?set_i...id=18&art_id=n w20070315081815216C378632

    #2
    The ARU(Argentine Rugby union) would need to bring home their players from Europe and give them central contracts like in Ireland.The ARU would also need tocreate provincial teams and join the super 14 for it to work. It'll be a problem whatever they decied.

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      #3
      It sounds like the apprentice surgeon is hinting that the junior Puma's will be facing the mighty Bok's, AB's and Wallabies. I find it hard to believe that the French and English clubs will allow their Argentinian employees to participate in year round rugby. The idea of a European based Puma team competing in the 6N would seem like a more realistic prospect for Senor Contepomi. Although it would little or nothing to promote the game in South America.
      The Beatings Will Continue Until Morale Improves

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        #4
        Welcome Big Hit, bit of a semi warning though. If you wish to represent your "handle", then please STOP starting new threads every time you find something new on another site, ease yourself on to the site (5 days in and 100+ posts!!, and numerous "starters")and gain silent respect, otherwise carry on and regular viewers (moi) will begin to visualise a capital S before in front of your second name!

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          #5
          Originally posted by Langford
          Welcome Big Hit, bit of a semi warning though. If you wish to represent your "handle", then please STOP starting new threads every time you find something new on another site, ease yourself on to the site (5 days in and 100+ posts!!, and numerous "starters")*and gain silent respect, otherwise carry on and regular viewers (moi) will begin to visualise a capital S before in front of your second name!*
          oh ok. sorry.

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