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IRB Boss pushing Argentina’s TriNations entry

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International Rugby Board (IRB) president Bernard Lapasset is backing Argentina’s integration into the Tri-Nations tournament by 2012.

In September, Argentina were “conditionally” invited to join the Tri-Nations by SANZAR, the organising body representing South Africa, New Zealand and Australia that runs the tournament.

“A number of problems arise with the integration of Argentina into this competition,” Lapasset said in an interview with AFP on Tuesday.

“I consider it the duty of the IRB to see how we can contribute to the growth of this competition and support the financial efforts of Argentina and SANZAR.

“Next week I will make a proposal to the IRB council that we make a financial commitment to Argentina’s important bid to enter the professional world.”

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