Argentina prepares for Rugby World Cup opening match


Pumas ad in Buenos Aires

The World's sixth ranked rugby team prepares for their clash against host nation France in the opening match of Rugby World Cup 2007.

Argentinians are famously passionate about their soccer with the South American country being one of the top footballing nations in the World. But Argentinians are also well aware that their national rugby team is a force to be reckoned with and over the next six weeks football will be on the backburner as rugby coverage takes the limelight.

Locos por el Rugby

Argentina's capital Buenos Aires has transformed somewhat, with rugby ads featuring in prominent places throughout the city and soccer sports bars featuring live rugby world cup matches. Famous bar Locos por el fútbol has taken on an additional name for the next few weeks - Locos por el rugby (crazy about rugby).

Argentina have a tough Rugby World Cup ahead of them, having been drawn in pool D along with France, Ireland, Georgia and Namibia. Only two teams from the pool will make it on to the quarterfinals, and the team qualifying in second position will likely face the All Blacks in Cardiff on October 6. But the Pumas are in a great position to upset the balance of power in this world cup - a win against France in the opening match would scuttle the odds and make this competition one of the best there has been.

Suerte Argentina!

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