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8 members of Argentine rugby touring squad stuck at border

GOLD COAST AUSTRALIA: Eight members of Argentina’s rugby touring squad are stuck between Australian states after border mixing just two days before their rugby championship match with the Wallabies on the Gold Coast.

Queensland Police confirmed on Thursday that discussions were underway with other agencies for their return after the group, consisting of six players and two staff, had traveled on a bus to Byron Bay Health Retreat in the state of New South Wales and tried to login again. Queensland without the appropriate documentation.

He was forced to spend Wednesday night in the New South Wales border town of Kingscliff.

There was no immediate word on whether Saturday’s Test match against Australia would be affected. Argentina are traveling with the 23-plus players needed for the match, with 15 starts and eight reserves. Argentina were to name their squad for the match later on Thursday.

Restrictions on cross-border travel were eased this week, but only for residents of Tweed Heads, Byron Bay and Queensland who were traveling for work, education, care or essential shopping.

Argentina has lost all five Rugby Championship matches of this tournament to the Springboks twice in South Africa, twice to New Zealand and once to the Wallabies in Australia. Most of the tournament has been played in Queensland due to COVID-19-related border closures and quarantine requirements.

Argentine coach Mario Ledesma said his side felt humiliated when a promotional photo and video shoot featuring the Wallabies, South African and New Zealand captains went ahead without Puma, after losing to Australia on Saturday in Townsville, north Queensland. Was.

Governing bodies SANZAAR and Rugby Australia later apologized for the snub.


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