Les Cusworth о струкутре регби в Аргентине

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    Pumas rugby director Les Cusworth says the Celtic nations could learn from the structure of rugby in Argentina.

    Cusworth believes staying amateur has benefited Argentina while countries like Wales and Scotland have struggled to establish a professional elite.

    «Lots of amateur clubs have gone because of professionalism. To get an elite, you need a wide base,» he said.

    «We have a base other countries would die for and our future, while amateur, is a lot brighter than many nations.

    «We have 60,000 people playing rugby in Argentina and 82 clubs in the Buenos Aires province alone. There are 400 Argentine players playing rugby in Europe. If you take 400 top players out of the Home Nations, what would be left?

    «The real reason we are all here is for kids to be playing the game. If we encourage them just to play for the provincial sides, you have 3% in the elite. What about the other 97%?»

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