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Twickenham to host Argentina v Australia in October

Twickenham will stage the Rugby Championship Test match between Argentina and Australia later this year.

Australia will meet Argentina at Twickenham in October. Credit: PA

Tournament organisers SANZAAR have confirmed Saturday, October 8 as the date for a fixture that will make history as the first Rugby Championship match to be played outside any of the competing nations - Australia, Argentina, New Zealand and South Africa.

The game, which is a 'home' fixture for Argentina, will conclude this year's competition. It starts on August 20, and also incorporates venues such as Sydney, Wellington, Buenos Aires and Brisbane.

It means that Argentina and Australia will be back at Twickenham almost a year after they met each other on the same ground in a World Cup semi-final clash that the Wallabies won 29-15.

SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos said:

While we witness the daring and exciting brand of rugby played by southern hemisphere teams on a regular basis, last year's Rugby World Cup well and truly showcased that skill and flair to the rest of the world.

Now, we are thrilled to announce that two of our national teams, Argentina and Australia, will be returning to the United Kingdom some 12 months later to contest what will be a historic chapter of the Rugby Championship.

– SANZAAR chief executive Andy Marinos



Man United and Man City stars shine for Argentina

Sergio Aguero netted for Argentina. Credit: PA

Angel Di Maria scored twice and Lionel Messi was in inspired form as Argentina made it into the Copa America final with a 6-1 hammering of Paraguay.

The Albiceleste, runners-up in last summer's World Cup, will try to win their first continental title for 22 years after a one-sided game which saw Di Maria's Manchester United team-mate Marcos Rojo and Manchester City's Sergio Aguero also on target along with Javier Pastore and Gonzalo Higuain.

Lucas Barrios had cut the half-time deficit to just 2-1 but it is Argentina who will meet hosts Chile on Saturday at the Estadio Nacional in Santiago.

Leo Messi was on form, but not on the scoresheet. Credit: PA

Boca Juniors expelled from Libertadores Cup

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Argentina football club Boca Juniors have been expelled from the Libertadores Cup after players from opposition club River Plate were apparently attacked with pepper spray during a game, the South American Football Association has announced.

Officials also hit Boca with a $200,000 fine and ordered it to play four home games behind closed doors and other four away games with no traveling support.

Four River Plate players were taken to hospital after they were sprayed with some sort of irritant by fans of their arch rivals on Thursday, causing their cup derby to be abandoned at halftime.

The rivalry between the two Buenos Aires sides is one of the most heated in the world. It pits Boca, a traditionally working-class team, against up-town rivals known as the "Millionaires".

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