2022 will be a year full of competitions for the different Argentine teams: The Pumas, after a long time, will be local again, both in the international window of July as in the Rugby Championship.
The highlight of the year is taken Los Pumas 7’s, which between September 9 and 11 they will dispute the Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022, which will take place in Cape Town, South Africa.
Then one of the great novelties will be the activity in South America, La American Rugby Super League It will have a new edition in 2022 with its start scheduled for March 5. On the other hand, although it does not have the confirmed calendar, Argentina XV awaits news of new challenges abroad.
Look at the entire international calendar for 2022
LOS PUMAS: INTERNATIONAL JULY AND NOVEMBER WINDOW. RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP
One of the novelties in the Los Pumas calendar is the location. After almost three years (the last time was on August 10, 2019, in Salta against the Springboks), Los Pumas will play again on Argentine soil.
At the opening of the international calendar, in the July window, the first opponent of the season will be Scotland, which will be presented three times: Jujuy, Salta and Santiago del Estero.
The second challenge for Mario Ledesma will be Rugby Championship, which will change its traditional schedule to reduce the number of trips: Los Pumas will be local twice against Australia (San Juan and Mendoza) and one against South Africa (Buenos Aires). The two games with the All Blacks will be in New Zealand and he will close the tournament as a visitor for the Springboks.
At the end of 2022, Los Pumas will have a tour of the United Kingdom corresponding to the November window, in which they will have three clashes: England, Scotland and Wales.
PUMAS 7’S: WITH THE FOCUS ON THE SEVEN 2022 WORLD CUP
Santiago Gómez Cora and his directors had a consecrating year in 2021, they obtained nine medals, including the historic one of Bronze they got at the Tokyo Olympics. Although their calendar was much smaller than in previous seasons, they managed to maintain a regularity that led them to be protagonists.
The following year will be even more intense and will also have its special tint. They will have to take a tour to reach the World Cup in optimal conditions and their first challenge will start at the World Rugby Sevens Series 2022 in Malaga, a tournament that will take place between January 21 and 23, after obtaining the Bronze in both stages. of the Circuit already contested in 2021 in Dubai.
In the last edition of the World Cup, in 2018, Los Pumas 7’s showed a good level, but it was not enough to beat the powers. They fell 43-7 to Fiji in the quarterfinals. The reigning champion is New Zealand who defeated England in the final.
The progress of the Argentine national team is being seen at the international level, which had a journey that was not easy at all. Today the challenge is to continue at the high level. The return to the activity placed him in the South American that was organized in the city of Valparaíso, in a quadrangular with Chile, Uruguay and Brazil. The Pumas 7’s since that competition played a total of 52 games: 43 victories, one draw and 8 defeats. The World Circuits of Malaga (21 and 23/1), Seville (28 and 30/1), Vancouver (26 and 27/2), Los Angeles (5 and 6/3), Singapore (9 to 10/4), Toulouse (20 and 22/5) and London (28 and 29/5) will serve those selected to prepare for the great goal: Rugby World Cup Sevens 2022.
ARGENTINA XV WILL SEEK TO RETAIN THE CROWN
Within the calendar, there is still nothing confirmed, the second semester with the American Super League finished, it will be known what competitions they will have to face. The America’s Pacific Challenge, is estimated to take place in November.
Throughout 2021, the second Argentine team had a categorical journey through the America’s Pacific Challenge. Due to health issues, he could not play the match against USA Selects, the North American team had problems when it came to traveling to Uruguay.
In his presentation he significantly beat Paraguay A 146 to 7, where they stood out Ignacio Ruíz and Gerónimo Prisciantelli, both with four tries and Martin Bogado with three. The team that has Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe at the front he showed great display and was crowned against Uruguay A by 24 to 17. He had solidity despite having a good opposition from the premises and managed to obtain the title again, which had been denied him in 2019 when it fell in the final at the hands of Samoa A.
JAGUARES XV WILL RETURN TO THE WHEEL IN THE SLAR
In the last edition of the SLAR, which was played in one part in Chile and the other in Uruguay, it was a great showcase for players and had Jaguares XV as absolute champion. The Argentine team thrashed in most of their matches, in the regular phase they finished first undefeated. In the semifinals he had to work to take the victory against Olimpia Lions by 29 to 17. While in the final, the dispute was even closer. Peñarol made him feel home and did not let him play comfortable. Despite this, the Argentines knew how to lead the game and beat the Uruguayans 36-28.
The championship that brings together Jaguares XV (Argentina), Selknam (Chile), Peñarol (Uruguay), Olimpia Lions (Paraguay), Cafeteros Pro (Colombia) and Cobras XV (Brazil), will have its kick started with a confirmed fixture in March. The defending champion Jaguares XV will debut on Sunday, March 6 against Cafeteros Pro, while the day before the Selknam and Olimpia Lions tournament will open. The first instance will culminate on March 29 and then the activity will resume on April 17, already in Uruguay, until May 15. The semifinals will be played on the 21st of that month, while the final will be on the 28th.
THE NOW SUPER RUGBY PACIFIC WILL NOT HAVE JAGUARS, BUT WITH TWO ARGENTINE PLAYERS
The most important competition in the southern hemisphere will begin on the weekend of February 18 and will end on June 18, 2022. In this new format will be the 5 New Zealand franchises (Blues, Chiefs, Crusaders, Highlanders and Hurricanes) and the 5 representing Australia (Brumbies, Melbourne Rebels, NSW Waratahs, Queensland Reds and Western Force). The novelty of the tournament is that two new teams are added: Fijian Drua and Moana Pasifika.
To highlight, the tournament will last 18 weeks, kicking off on February 18, while the final match will be played on June 18. The top eight teams in the regular season table will qualify for the final playoffs.
Due to current pandemic restrictions, Fijian Drua will play a limited number of matches in Fiji and will be based in New South Wales, while Moana Pasifika will play all of her home matches in Auckland, where she will be based. Many more games are expected to be played in the Pacific Islands in the future.
Pablo Matera will be part of the Crusaders squad, the Argentine third line will try to write history under the leadership of Scott Robertson, while the other national player who will be on the court will be Santiago Medrano representing Western Force.
A new edition of the maximum European tournament is coming where Welsh will have to maintain the credits exhibited in 2021. This year, the Red Dragons will have the difficult challenge of repeating the title against a France who wants to regain dominance in Europe and two teams like England and Ireland that come with the thorn of not being able to lift the trophy. Scotland, with pure heart and hierarchy in his lines, he will try to leave his stamp in each test match, while Italy will go in search of having a good contest.
The opening day will be Friday, February 5, with Ireland-Wales at the Aviva Stadium. The last time these teams played on Irish soil, the match was won by the Dragon 21 to 16. That same day Scotland will host England at Murrayfield. El Cardo beat La Rosa in the last edition 11 to 6 at home. In addition, on February 6, France faces Italy, at the Stade de France.
The second date will start on Saturday the 12th with Wales-Scotland at Principality Stadium, followed by France and Ireland at the Stade de France. On Sunday 13 there will be action with Italy-England, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome.
The third date will be between Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 February. On the first day, Scotland will be home to France and England will host Wales at Twickenham. They will close the date Ireland-Italy, in Dublin. On matchday four, Scotland will play Italy in Rome, England will take over from Ireland at Twickenham and Wales will meet France in Cardiff.
The fifth and final date will be played in full on Saturday, March 19. Wales-Italy will play in Cardiff, while Ireland and Scotland will play in Dublin and England will visit France at the Stade de France.
UNITED CHAMPIONSHIP RUGBY, PREMIERSHIP AND TOP 14 FRENCH
European activity will continue its normal course. The final of the European Cups will take place at the iconic Stade Vélodrome in Marseille. On May 27 the decisive match of the Challenge Cup will be played and the biggest attraction, that is, the definition of the Champions Cup will be one day later: on May 28.
For its part, the Premiership will maintain its 12-team format, all against all roundtrips, and the first four will play the semifinals, to be played on May 24, and the decisive duel will be in Twickenham on June 18. In addition, the French Top 14 will have as its main attraction the team that has two Argentines, Juan Cruz Mallía and Santiago Chocobares, who debuted in 2021 in Toulouse. The final will be on June 25 at the Stade de France.
Another tournament with many Argentines is the United Championship Rugby, formerly PRO 14. In this tournament the best 8 of the 4 groups will face round-trip matches, and the best in their area will have the benefit of defining the home tournament. .