Scotland set up Test series against Cheika's Argentina
NEWS: Scotland have confirmed that they will play a three-Test series against Argentina this July.
Gregor Townsend’s side will take on Los Pumas in three different regions, and a match against Chile could still be on the cards.
The tour will make history, becoming the first time Scotland will play a three-Test tour against any Tier 1 Nation.
Scotland released a statement, revealing the news: “Discussions with Rugby Chile are ongoing regarding a potential match prior to the three-Test series against Argentina.
“No formal agreement has been reached at this stage.”
On Saturday, July 9th, Gregor Townsend’s team will travel to Salta to face Los Pumas at Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena. The final test will be held at the Estadio Nico Madre de Ciudades in Santiago Del Estero on Saturday, July 16.
The last time Scotland played in Argentina was in 2018.
“Having not been able to tour for the past two years, the July tour to Argentina represents a great opportunity for our players to improve, build togetherness and represent their country once again,” said Scotland head coach Gregor Townsend.
“With the World Cup now less than 16 months away, it will help our players gain more game time and experience ahead of next season.
“The Test Series in Argentina will be a tough challenge as Argentina are a proud rugby nation with a strong home record. They will provide our forwards with a real test, but they also play a really open style of rugby under their new head coach, Michael Chieka.
“When you see the quality of Argentinian players that are currently playing in Europe, they have the ability right across their squad.
“This is an opportunity for us to see our players in a touring environment which is what we’ll experience at the Rugby World Cup when we’ll be together for at least a month.
“We will be able to see how the players gel as a group and perform when they’re away from home for such a long time so it’ll really help us with our World Cup squad selections. It’ll also give us things to work on that we’ve identified in the last Nations Series and during the recent Six Nations.”
Argentina v Scotland
Date: Saturday, July 2
Venue: Estadio 23 de Agosto, Juyjuy
Date: Saturday, July 9
Venue Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta
Date: Saturday, July 16 2022
Venue: The Estadio Único Madre de Ciudades, Santiago Del Estero