Argentina have had to postpone their Rugby Championship warm-up against a New South Wales Waratahs XV as several players in the squad are nursing injuries and their focus must remain on the test matches, coach Mario Ledesma said on Friday.
Argentina, who were released from a bio-secure facility in Sydney earlier this week, are keen to get some game time before opening their campaign against the All Blacks on November 14.
However, Ledesma said given most of the team had not played in more than seven months, it was more important they focussed on ensuring they would be in the best possible shape to face New Zealand and the Wallabies.
“We were going to play on this weekend but we have got a lot of soft tissue injuries and we don’t want to risk it,” Ledesma told reporters in Sydney. “The most important thing is to get ready … and be competitive and give them a tough time.”