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The Pumas want to play the first of June’s two Tests against England, both of which are due to take place in Argentina, in England instead for financial reasons, the Rugby Football Union said Friday.


England’s governing body revealed they had received a quest from their Argentinian counterparts and were keen to help.


They added that were the game to get the go-ahead it would be played away from England’s Twickenham headquarters ground, in south-west London, in a bid to boost rugby union’s profile in the English regions.


RFU chief executive Francis Baron, explaining the thinking behind the Pumas’ request, said in a statement: “Argentina feel that playing one of their two Tests against England in England would generate urgently needed funds to invest in their squads, in particular the Pumas A team due to take part in the Churchill Cup in North America at the same time.


He added: “We are keen to assist Argentina and will take the opportunity of playing the match away from Twickenham to aid rugby development in the regions.”


However, any change to the tour schedule must be approved by the International Rugby Board.


England, last year’s losing finalists and Argentina, who finished third, were drawn together earlier this month in the same Pool for the opening round of matches in the 2011 World Cup in New Zealand.


When they last played each other two years ago, Argentina won 25-18 at Twickenham.


It was a result that helped signal the end of Andy Robinson’s time as England head coach, with the former flanker forced out a few weeks after the loss to the Pumas.


Sapa-AFP Rugbyweek.com

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