PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa Argentina's recent slump continued with a 37-15 defeat to South Africa on Saturday that left coach Daniel Hourcade frustrated with their meekness in the scrums and errors with ball in hand.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa South Africa coach Allister Coetzee praised the patience of his side as they produced a high-energy second half performance to overcome Argentina 37-15 in their Rugby Championship opener at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa South Africa will take another step in their bid for redemption when they host struggling Argentina in the Rugby Championship on Saturday, hoping to build on a 3-0 clean-sweep of a home June series against a depleted France.
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PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa Wing Emiliano Boffelli will earn a third cap for Argentina after he was named as one of three changes by coach Daniel Hourcade for the Rugby Championship clash with South Africa at Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa Versatile loose-forward Uzair Cassiem has been drafted into the number eight position by South Africa as one of three changes to their starting side for the Rugby Championship clash with Argentina at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium on Saturday.
Argentina's decision not to call up Facundo Isa for the Rugby Championship may yet force a rethink in their selection policy but coach Daniel Hourcade is confident he has enough depth for this year's campaign.
HONG KONG Carlos Tevez has been granted a return to his native Argentina for treatment on a calf injury, but only after agreeing in writing to return to Chinese Super League side Shanghai Shenhua before the end of the month.
SYDNEY The All Blacks juggernaut hit a road bump in the British and Irish Lions series but it should be back to business as usual for the world champions when they take on South Africa, Australia and Argentina in the Rugby Championship.
WELLINGTON Factbox on the Rugby Championship, the southern hemisphere test competition between New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and Argentina, which starts on Saturday (all times GMT):
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