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Argentina still not completely sold on Tri Nations inclusion

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Argentina loose forward Juan Fernandez Lobbe says that it is difficult to know which major international competition the third-placed World Cup side should join.

Argentina will play world champions South Africa in the Mandela Tribute match on Saturday after losing their last two tests to Scotland and Italy.

The match, which is part of the celebrations for former South African President Nelson Mandela, will be watched closely by representatives of the Tri-nations contestants South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

“Almost all our players play in Europe so it would be much easier for us to join the Six Nations,” Lobbe told Reuters.

“But we are also in the southern hemisphere and it would be great to join the Tri-nations.

“But then we would never get a holiday because we would be playing Tri-nations when our clubs are on holiday and we would never get a break.
 
“Our clubs would not be happy and, in this professional era, they are our bosses.

“It is a really difficult decision.”

“The World Cup was a really big thing for us, but it is impossible to keep at that level if we only play six tests per year.”

The Six Nations committee however recently decided that they would not be prepared to expand their competition for a team that is in the Southern Hemisphere.
 
SANZAR who own the Tri Nations tournament are currently in talks with a number of nations over the expansion of the tournament.
 
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