All Blacks set for return to Buenos Aires

All Blacks set for return to Buenos Aires

The All Blacks are poised to play at River Plate Stadium in Buenos Aires for the first time in 15 years when they face Argentina in this year’s Rugby Championship.

UAR president Carlos Araujo told journalists the ground was all-but confirmed to host the Test on October 1 in the penultimate round of the four-nation tournament.

“My expectation, as a fan and leader, is that we can get it done at River and complete our first victory against New Zealand,” Araujo said.

New Zealand’s only other Test at the 61,000 capacity stadium was in 2001, when New Zealand won 24-20 courtesy of an injury-time try to loose forward Scott Robertson.

The All Blacks’ three Rugby Championship Tests in Argentina have all been in nearby La Plata.

River Plate Stadium is Argentina’s largest sports venue and hosted the 1978 FIFA World Cup final between Argentina and the Netherlands.

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