The southern hemisphere’s showpiece Rugby Championship and Bledisloe Cup matches were in jeopardy after Australia’s latest Covid-19 outbreak popped its trans-Tasman travel bubble with New Zealand.
Flyhalf Nicolas Sanchez scored 18 points as Argentina streaked to victory over Wales at the Principality Stadium in Cardiff on Saturday.
Take a look at the match-day lineups ahead of the second week of 2021 mid-year internationals.
Ahead of the start of the 2021 mid-year Test window, take a look at all the squads as they are announced.
In the second part of the series, DYLAN JACK breaks down the 14 backs in the South Africa U20 squad to face Argentina, Georgia and Uruguay in the upcoming international series.
The Junior Springboks will make a welcome return to the field for the first time since 2019 in an international series in Stellenbosch in June.
A strong revised programme of men’s Test matches is set to take place in July after all unions and World Rugby agreed on an amended schedule within the existing window.
The three Argentina players involved in a racism, xenophobia and discrimination scandal will have to ‘complete a series of educational courses’ before being allowed to play Test rugby again.
The Argentina Rugby Union has confirmed its investigation into racism, xenophobia and discrimination attributed to three senior players is at an advanced stage.
The racist tweets that led to the suspension of three Los Pumas players, including now ex-captain Pablo Matera, were dug up as retaliation from the Argentinian public for a perceived lack of respect from the team for Diego Maradona.