Lobbe backs Six Nations bid
6 Aug 2008
Argentina loose forward Juan Fernandez Lobbe says it makes more sense for the Pumas to join the northern hemisphere competition than the Tri-Nations.
Argentina are likely to be pummeled at Ellis Park this Saturday when they meet the Springboks, a result that could count against their inclusion in the Sanzar tournament.
Lobbe, who plays his club rugby in Europe, said it would benefit the Pumas to play the home nations, France and Italy on a regular basis.
“Almost all our players play in Europe so it would be much easier for us to join the Six Nations,” he said. “[Finishing third in] the World Cup was a really big thing for us, but it is impossible to keep at that level if we only play six tests per year.”
Lobbe added that while it would be great to be involved in the Tri-Nations the fact that this tournament is staged in the northern hemisphere off-season is problematic.
“We would never get a holiday because we would be playing Tri-Nations when our clubs are on holiday and we would never get a break. Our clubs would not be happy and, in this professional era, they are our bosses. It is a really difficult decision.”