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England will begin their summer tour of South America with a tough test in Uruguay

Lancaster's England to begin summer tour of South America in Uruguay

By
Duncan Bech, Press Association

PUBLISHED:

14:15 GMT, 22 April 2013

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UPDATED:

14:35 GMT, 22 April 2013

England have confirmed that their summer tour to South America will begin in Montevideo, Uruguay, on June 2.

The RBS 6 Nations runners-up will meet a CONSUR XV representing the South American nations, before playing two Tests against Argentina.

The first Test will be staged in Salta – the setting for the Pumas’ 24-22 victory in 2009 – on June 8 and at Velez Sarsfield in Buenos Aires on June 15.

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Pumas test: Stuart Lancaster will be desperate to erase England's Grand Slam heartache in Argentina

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

Lions hopefuls: Tom Croft, David Wilson and Courtney Lawes could be in South America if they are snubbed by the British Lions

It will be the first two-match series between the teams in Argentina since the 1997 tour with England coach Stuart Lancaster set to name his squad in early May.

'Argentina is a formidable rugby nation and we’re looking forward to facing the Pumas in back-to-back Tests, which a young and developing side will need to be at its very best to win,' Lancaster said.

'Together with matches against the
Barbarians at Twickenham and the CONSUR team in Uruguay, the summer
programme gives this group a real opportunity to measure their progress
and continue to learn what they need to succeed at the highest level.'

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

On the way out: England will not have to face the likes of Felipe Contepomi (pictured centre) this summer after the fly-half announced plans to retire

England tour dates:

May 29 – Arrive
in Buenos Aires

June 2 – CONSUR XV v England XV (Montevideo, 7.30pm BST)

June 8 Argentina v England (Salta, 8.10pm BST)

June 15 Argentina v England (Velez Sarsfield, Buenos
Aires, 8.10pm BST)

Rob Howley "disappointed" after Wales defeat to Argentina

Howley smoke! Wales head coach left 'disappointed, frustrated and annoyed'

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UPDATED:

18:33 GMT, 10 November 2012

Wales interim head coach Rob Howley admitted his side had been made to look lethargic by a battle-hardened Argentina after the Pumas claimed a stunning 26-12 win at the Millennium Stadium.

The Six Nations champions had led 9-6 at the break thanks to three Leigh Halfpenny penalties, with Felipe Contepomi slotting a penalty and Nicolas Sanchez landing a drop goal for the Pumas.

Turning the screw: Juan Imhoff scores a try for Argentina

Turning the screw: Juan Imhoff scores a try for Argentina

Match facts

WALES:

Penalties: Halfpenny (7, 14, 27, 48)

ARGENTINA:

Tries: Imhoff (54), Camacho (59)

Conversions: Sanchez (54, 59)

Penalties: Contepomi (4)

Drop goals: Sanchez (9. 52)

Halfpenny extended Wales' lead with a
fourth penalty early in the second half, but a penalty and drop goal
from Sanchez, plus converted tries for wings Juan Imhoff and Gonzalo
Camacho saw the visitors secure their second win over Wales in Cardiff,
11 years to the day after their first.

The defeat puts a major dent in
Wales' hopes of securing a top-four place in the world rankings ahead of
next month's 2015 World Cup draw, but they can have no qualms after
being exposed by Argentina.

And there looks set to be further bad
news for Howley with Jamie Roberts and Alun Wyn Jones picking up
injuries that put their involvement in the rest of the autumn series in
doubt.

Feeding frenzy: Argentina's Martin Landajo releases the ball

Feeding frenzy: Argentina's Martin Landajo releases the ball

The Pumas, for their part, look to
have quickly learnt the lessons of facing the All Blacks, Australia and
South Africa during their maiden Rugby Championship campaign, and a
frustrated Howley acknowledged the visitors appear to have moved their
game to a new level.

He said: 'I am disappointed, frustrated and annoyed because we know we are a better side than that.

'We talked about it being an arm wrestle for 50 minutes and we were 12-6 ahead but we looked one-paced.

Getting his kicks: Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) scores a penalty

Getting his kicks: Wales' Leigh Halfpenny (left) scores a penalty

'When you play Argentina, tempo, pace
and intensity are important but there is no doubt their experience and
exposure to the Rugby Championship has taken that Argentina side to
another level.

'They played the All Blacks, South
Africa and Australia over a six-week period and they have certainly
learned from that and we were exposed to it today and we very much came
second.'

Wales' chances were not helped when a
clearly concussed Roberts was helped off after a clash of heads with
Gonzalo Tiesi, while lock Jones was withdrawn with a shoulder problem
just before the break.

Going south: George North is tackled by Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (left)

Going south: George North is tackled by Argentina's Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (left)

Howley said: 'Jamie has a bump on the
head, it's a mild concussion to say the least. Alun Wyn has done his AC
(joint) so we will have to wait on the medical opinion for that but it
does not look good at this time and it will test our strength in depth
and these next three games are very important.'

Assistant coach Shaun Edwards pulled
no punches in his assessment of the performance, and felt Wales had
badly missed the injured trio of centre Jonathan Davies, prop Adam Jones
and flanker Dan Lydiate, as well as Roberts after he went off.

Double trouble: Manuel Carizza (third right) looks to offload under pressure from Tavis Knoyle (right) and Toby Faletau (right)

Double trouble: Manuel Carizza (third right) looks to offload under pressure from Tavis Knoyle (right) and Toby Faletau (right)

He said: 'I definitely thought the
impact from the Argentina bench was better than ours. We went into the
game with certain personnel missing and it showed quite dramatically in
the last half hour.

'Both starting centres from the Grand
Slam were missing, we had our number six and number three missing and
it showed, and we have to get the other players up to pace as quickly as
possible.

'But it was obvious there is a
disparity at the moment between our first-choice XV and the players who
have got those positions now.'

Chip 'n' chase: Martin Landajo (left) kicks past Tavis Knoyle (right)

Chip 'n' chase: Martin Landajo (left) kicks past Tavis Knoyle (right)

Amlin round-up: London Welsh given European baptism of fire as Stade Francais put on a show

Amlin round-up: Welsh given European baptism of fire as Stade put on a show

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UPDATED:

19:57 GMT, 13 October 2012

London Welsh were heavily beaten after facing a tough baptism of fire in Europe against established French outfit Stade Francais, who claimed a comfortable 68-19 nine-try win at the Kassam Stadium.

Outside half Gavin Henson scored the first points for the Exiles at this level, but Lyn Jones' men trailed 35-16 at half-time.

Stade Francais hooker Remi Bonfils and
centre Waisea Vuidarvuwalu both crossed twice to secure the bonus point
before Hugo Bonneval touched down for a fifth first-half try.

In the points: Gavin Henson in action for London Welsh

In the points: Gavin Henson in action for London Welsh

Daniel George scored Welsh's first try, but Felipe Contepomi added the gloss on an excellent individual display with a 75th-minute score in a 25-point haul as Stade started their Pool Five campaign in style.

Welsh face an uphill battle in this pool after Grenoble hammered Italians I Cavalieri Prato 59-3 on Friday night.

Thrashing: Waisea Nayacalevu scores a try for Stade Francais

Thrashing: Waisea Nayacalevu scores a try for Stade Francais

Bath claimed their first away win in
Europe in almost two years with a convincing Amlin Challenge Cup 40-17
bonus-point success over Bucharest Wolves.

Sam Vesty scored 20 points as the Aviva Premiership outfit strolled to a five-try victory at Arcul de Triumf.

The 2008 winners had not won on the
continent in European competition for five matches since their triumph
against Aironi in the Heineken Cup.

Lock Will Spencer and hooker Ross
Batty scored first-half tries before Vesty, Ollie Devoto and Kane
Palma-Newport all crossed to seal maximum points for Gary Gold's troops.

Bucharest scored twice themselves
through Florin Surugiu and Christian Munteanu, but Bath have applied
pressure on their group rivals Calvisano and Agen, who face each other
in the late kick-off on Saturday.

Worcester Warriors taught Gernika a severe lesson with a thumping 85-5 success in Pool Two.

This was the Spanish champions' European debut, but it turned into a nightmare as the Warriors crossed 13 times.

Gernika wing Toto Mazzochi scored on the hour mark, but the joy was short-lived as Richard Hill's side ran riot in this one-way contest.

Replacement Max Stelling grabbed a six-minute hat-trick late on, wing Andy Short and scrum-half Paul Hodgson scored try doubles while number 10 Joe Carlisle bagged 25 points with a try and 10 conversions.

Yet the challenge in weeks ahead will be tougher for Worcester, who take on Perpignan next weekend.

The French giants thrashed Rovigo in a 10 try 79-12 romp at the Stadio Mario Battaglini this afternoon.

Stade Francais 22 Exeter 17: Paul Williams late try seals semi-final spot

Stade Francais 22 Exeter 17: Williams late try seals French side's semi spot

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UPDATED:

22:28 GMT, 5 April 2012

Stade Francais booked a second successive Amlin Challenge Cup semi-final place as Samoan centre Paul Williams snatched a late try to see them edge past Exeter.

They will be away to either Toulon or Harlequins on April 27, and will be thankful to be through.

Exeter's hopes of European silverware go on hold as the Devon side now have to turn their attention to securing a Heineken Cup place for next season and a push for an Aviva Premiership semi-final slot.

At the death: Stade Francais celebrate their victory over Exeter at the final whistle

At the death: Stade Francais celebrate their victory over Exeter at the final whistle

The teams were tied at 17-17 heading into the very late stages, after four penalties by Ignacio Mieres and a try from Sireli Naqelevuki for Exeter.

Extra-time seemed likely, but Williams pounced for the decisive try in the 79th minute to shatter the visitors.

Exeter were the team who had applied the early pressure, and they would have had an early penalty in front of the posts but Irish referee Peter Fitzgibbon allowed the play to continue looking for an advantage which was never really there. The ball went to touch.

The Chiefs continued to pin the French side back into their own half, with scrum-half Haydn Thomas making two bursts into the home 22 which threatened to break the early deadlock.

Charging through: Exeter's Richard Baxter the Stade Francais back line

Charging through: Exeter's Richard Baxter the Stade Francais back line

The first points arrived in the 21st minute when Stade Francais were penalised for going over the top and Argentinian fly-half Mieres slotted a 15-metre penalty between the uprights.

Four minutes later, after more Chiefs pressure, the Paris side were again penalised at the scrum but this time Mieres saw his 45-metre attempt sail past the left post.

Stade Francais were reduced to 14 men when their own Argentinian fly-half, Felipe Contepomi, was yellow-carded for fighting on the floor with Chiefs hooker Chris Whitehead and throwing a punch.

Diving over: Exeter's Sireli Naqelevuki scores a try

Diving over: Exeter's Sireli Naqelevuki scores a try

Mieres ignores the jeers of the French supporters to put the Chiefs further ahead with his second penalty, only for scrum-half Julien Dupuy to respond with a 40-metre kick after a high tackle.

Just after the half-hour mark, Mieres made a break before number eight Richard Baxter burrowed his way over the line.

The referee referred the effort to the television match official, Scotland's Jim Yuille, who ruled it was not a try.

Minutes later, Mieres landed his third penalty before Stade Francais, now restored to full strength, hit back. Dupuy kicked his second penalty on the stroke of half-time, leaving Exeter 9-6 in front.

Down you go: Stade Francais' scrum-half Julien Dupuy is tackled by flanker James Scaysbrook

Down you go: Stade Francais' scrum-half Julien Dupuy is tackled by flanker James Scaysbrook

The Parisians started the second half strongly and Contepomi put a neat grubber kick through for full-back Djibril Camara who collected the awkward bouncing ball and dived over the line to put the home side ahead.

Dupuy was off target with his conversion attempt from the left touchline but then he added penalties either side of one from Mieres, meaning the Chiefs were five points adrift going into the final quarter.

That lead was wiped out though as Stade Francais prop Rabah Slimani received treatment.

The game continued, and replacement Naqelevuki shrugged off a tackle to power over the line to level the scores in the 67th minute.

With extra-time beckoning, and Exeter pressing, Mieres sliced a drop-goal attempt off target.

Stade Francais soon made a break led by Dupuy that put in Williams for the killer try.