A Rugby Australia XV including Wallabies Fraser McReight, Isi Naisarani and Joe Powell has been beaten 57-24 by Argentina in Sydney as the visitors gear up for their first test since 2019’s Rugby World Cup.


In a game of three 30-minute periods, Mario Ledesma’s Pumas piled on the tries at a closed Leichhardt Oval against a team of fringe Wallabies and a selection of players from the NSW Waratahs and other clubs.

No.8 Naisarani was a standout for Australia, scoring two tries and lending a powerful physical presence.

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Argentina play their first match of the three-nation Rugby Championship next weekend against New Zealand in Sydney, having prepared for a month and completed a two-week quarantine under COVID-19 rules.

They will take on the Wallabies on November 21 in Newcastle, with a return match scheduled for December 5 at Sydney’s Bankwest Stadium.

Australia and New Zealand opened their Rugby Championship campaigns last week, with the All Blacks thrashing the Wallabies 43-5 in Sydney to clinch the Bledisloe Cup.

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