14 Sep 2013

Let Pumas into Super Rugby, says Sir Graham

6:04 pm on 14 September 2013

World Cup-winning coach Sir Graham Henry says Argentina needs to have a team in the Super Rugby competition if it's to flourish on the international stage.

Argentina doesn't have a professional domestic competition, forcing most of their best players to ply their trade in Europe.

The Pumas are currently ranked 10th in the world, but Henry believes they will improve dramatically once they create a better development pathway.

Henry, who is a coaching adviser for the Pumas for this year's Rugby Championship, saiys having Argentinean players join European clubs isn't the answer.

He says last year when Argentina toured Europe, they had Test matches against Wales, France, and Ireland, but had to feild a different team every time because players were only released for one Test match by their clubs.

Henry says there's strong talk about extending the Super Rugby competition after the World Cup in 2015 and he hopes Argentina will be included.