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Mighty Chiefs preseason international.....
December 29, 2012, 20:24:22

Chiefs set to tour Argentina; take on Pumas

  • Chiefs set to tour Argentina; take on Pumas  (Source: Photosport)
    Tim Nanai-Williams celebrates his try in the Super XV final. - Source: Photosport
  • Argentinian rugby is set to fund a week-long tour from the Chiefs next year.

Fairfax Media can reveal the defending champions will make a 10-day trip to Buenos Aires for a one-off fixture against the Pumas, the week before Super Rugby takes a three-week recess during the June Test window.

With the Chiefs' bye falling just before, coach Dave Rennie has pounced on a revolutionary project to combat the possibility of his

side having a month with no competitive games.

Details of the imminent deal are still being finalised but all fit players, except those involved in the All Blacks' three-Test series

with France, will make the journey. Including extended management, the touring group is understood to be more than 30 people.

"The bye was a chance to go to Argentina and give the Pumas a bit of a hit-out and the chance for our boys to play an international side," Rennie told the Star-Times.

"In the old days you'd have teams touring the country playing provincial sides. That's a rare thing nowadays.

"We'll take most of the main squad, barring a few broken guys and the All Blacks, and maybe a couple of extra guys from our development squad. It's a bit of a carrot for those guys."

While coffers at Hamilton headquarters are stretched thin, with no room in the budget to pay for the South American venture, the

The trip will see Rennie, Wayne Smith and Tom Coventry provide coaching clinics, and players will also visit poor communities.

"There's no money in our bank, so we need the support of the Argentinian Rugby Union to make it happen. They're keen on the

fixture. We're still sorting out the logistics from a financial point of view," Rennie said.

"Obviously there's sponsors involved. There's potential to make a bit of money on the gate.

"We're pretty confident it will generate enough money so it won't cost the Argentinian Rugby Union. That's the plan."

Argentina's top players are based in Europe and won't be involved in the match. The Chiefs will effectively take on a second-string

national team which will resemble the one that beat France in one of two Tests this year.

At this stage, Rennie's men leave the day after their clash with the Crusaders on May 24, and arrive back five days before the All Blacks' first Test - and World Cup final rematch - against France at Eden Park.

That time-frame ensures the majority of the Chiefs squad will be given 12 days rest. Another local game against a combined Counties Manukau and Bay of Plenty team is being lined up.

"We're still keen to have one more hit-out in that three week window to make sure we're ready to go."

Published: 7:05AM Sunday December 30, 2012 Source: Fairfax


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RE: Mighty Chiefs preseason international.....
December 29, 2012, 20:29:36

....yeah i know it's more mid season than preseason but first Argentina then Australia,... SA .... and finally world domination ...bwahahahahaa...


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RE: Mighty Chiefs preseason international.....
December 29, 2012, 20:53:34


Hope you had a wonderful XMas and that the Nw Tear will be in all respect beneficial for you and yours.

I am glad to see that the Chiefs are preparing themselves properly - but they have an early visit to SA and that would be a bad one.   They will have to play the Stormers at Newlands and will get a whopping.

The report is in fact incorrect - as most of the Puma players play professionally in Europe and their clubs will only release them for test rugby and this is not a test - so they will have only a local team and not the national team to play against.   The said team is due to play Curry Cup rugby in SA as from 2014 - at this stage they play in the local Vodacom competition - all part of the SA effort to promote rugby as a sport in Argentina.

The Clubs are reluctant to let their contracted players play elsehwere even ourside of their season - because of the threat of injuties - and they only release players to play test rugby in terms of IRB rules.



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