The world’s southernmost city is to host a 2017 Americas Rugby Championship match. Ushuaia will play host to the Argentina XV vs Brazil on Saturday February 25. The fixture is to be a fourth round match and one of three home matches for the Argentina XV.
The Argentina XV will host Uruguay in Bahía Blanca on February 11. The Argentina XV’s remaining home match will be against the USA. Although a venue is yet to be confirmed it is widely expected that Comodoro Rivadavia will host the match. It will be played in the final round on March 04.
The historic fixture in Ushuaia will see international rugby taken further south than ever before. Ushuaia will overtake Invercargill as laying claim to being the furthered south. The New Zealand city hosted three Rugby World Cup 2011 matches, one of which was including Argentina vs Romania.
With a population of 71,000 Ushuaia is larger than Invercargill. It is officially listed as the world’s second largest settlement after Chile’s Puerto Williams. But with less than 3,000 inhabitants Puerto Williams is considered too small to qualify as a city.
Ushuaia is not located in continental South America but, rather in Tierra del Fuego. The Argentina XV’s home match against Brazil will be played at the Estadio Agustín Pichot. The venue is dedicated to the former Pumas captain.