- IRB Nations Cup
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champion=Emerging SpringboksThe Nations Cup is a
rugby unioncompetition that was first held in 2006 at Estadio Universitario de Lisboa, Lisbonwith Argentina A, Italy A, Portugal and Russia taking part. The tournament is part of the International Rugby Board's US $50 million Strategic Investment programme, which also includes the Pacific Nations Cup, North America 4and the Pacific Rugby Cup.
The Nations Cup is aimed at providing more competition for tier one A sides, as well as offering opportunities for third tier nations such as Portugal, Russia, Namibia and Romania. The IRB expanded the tournament in 2007 to include 6 teams. The Nations Cup is an important tournament for both Italy and Argentina, who between the two sides, have only nine players that do not play in their respective domestic competitions. The inaugural tournament was won by Argentina A.
The Nations Cup was expanded in 2007, with six teams instead of four. Argentina A and Italy A returned, along with Namibia, Georgia, Romania and the
Emerging Springboks. This was in part to allow Namibia, Georgia and Romania to warm up for the 2007 Rugby World Cup. All fixtures were played at the Tineretului Stadium in Bucharest.
* [http://www.irb.com/EN/Tournaments+and+Events/Nations+Cup/060612+DR+Nations+Cup.htm Nations Cup set for kick-off]
* [http://planet-rugby.com/Story/0,18259,3551_1932947,00.html IRB Nations Cup for 2007]
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