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CHRISTCHURCH, NEW ZEALAND - AUGUST 27: Marcos Kremer of Argentina and Tomas Lavinini of Argentina celebrate during The Rugby Championship match between the New Zealand All Blacks and Argentina Pumas at Orangetheory Stadium on August 27, 2022 in Christchurch, New Zealand. (Photo by Joe Allison/Getty Images)

Argentina will host New Zealand for the first time in four years in the 2023 Rugby Championship.


Argentina will take on the All Blacks in Mendoza on July 8 in a slimmed down Rugby Championship, which has been reduced to just six matches because of the World Cup in France.

The Pumas also announced on Saturday that they would travel to Australia on July 15 and play a pre-World Cup warm-up test against world champions South Africa.

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The four countries who compete annually in the Rugby Championship usually play each other home and away but in 2023 it will be once only.

Argentina have a single home game against New Zealand, followed by Australia away and then South Africa on July 29.

The rest of the 2023 Rugby Championship fixtures have not yet been announced by SANZAR, the competition’s governing body.

The UAR said South Africa would then travel to Buenos Aires for a Test on August 5 at the Velez Sarsfield Stadium, which was not part of the Rugby Championship but a warm-up for the World Cup.


“We hope to have a great year, always trying to improve all aspects of our rugby, so that more and more people can enjoy the sport, either as athletes or spectators, and that we can continue to grow the passion for rugby,” said a statement from UAR president Gabriel Travaglini.


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