Rassie: Add Argentina to Currie Cup

Springbok coach Rassie Erasmus says an Argentinian team would be a ‘wonderful addition’ to the Currie Cup.

Earlier this week, UAR president Marcelo Rodríguez told La Nacion that he and other members of the board had met with SA Rugby president Mark Alexander to discuss it.

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This year’s Currie Cup format sees seven teams playing against each other just once in the league stage, with the top four on the log qualifying for the semi-finals. This may change in the near future, though, and the UAR would like to be part of a new-look tournament.

It would not be the first time that an Argentinian team has played in a South African domestic tournament, with the Pampas XV – who were based in South Africa – played in the Vodacom Cup between 2010 and 2013.

Erasmus thinks adding an Argentinian team to the Currie Cup would be a good idea.

‘We already saw when they played in the Vodacom Cup as the Pampas, I think that was the stepping stone for them to get into Super Rugby and we all know what Super Rugby did for them,’ he said. ‘I think it will be a great stepping stone from provincial rugby to Super Rugby.

‘I guess the guys would get a bit tired of all the travelling, so they might have to be based in South Africa like the Pampas were, but I think that would be a wonderful addition to the Currie Cup.’

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