WRU may face legal action over promotion decision

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First division clubs in Wales are considering legal action in response to the Welsh Rugby Union's decision to suspend promotion from the division to the Welsh/Scottish League at the end of the season.

First division clubs in Wales are considering legal action in response to the Welsh Rugby Union's decision to suspend promotion from the division to the Welsh/Scottish League at the end of the season.

The clubs were informed of the decision in a letter dated 17 August and have reacted angrily to the news.

David Escott, the chairman of the Clubs' Association (First Division Rugby Cymru), said: "The clubs do not accept the decision and have instructed Leo Abse & Cohen to advise on the legal implications of the WRU's decision to suspend promotion for the current season."

John Sullivan, from Leo Abse & Cohen, said: "I can confirm that we have been instructed to advise the clubs and are in the process of instructing London Counsel."

South Africa, who will be aiming to maintain a 100 per-cent record against Argentina in Buenos Aires tomorrow, are drawing encouragement from the 32-21 win over Argentina A in the opening match of their tour in Tucuman province on Wednesday.

However, even though the Springboks have recent history on their side, coach Allister Coetzee is taking nothing for granted. "Argentina are a very strong team and they do something I love - they always move forward," he said.

South Africa's captain Dan Van Zyl said he was also impressed by the standard of the opposition during the match against Argentina A. He said the Pumas looked "solid" and had a "strong defence".

Argentina's coach Daniel Baetti believes a key element of tomorrow's match will be whether his players can keep their mistakes to an absolute minimum.

The Argentine camp admits each error by the A team in Wednesday's warm-up ended with a South African try.

Baetti said another fault shown by his players was a tendency to kick too often, playing into the hands of the more experienced Springboks. "These are the things we need to correct," he said.

Argentina and South Africa have met six times since their first encounter in 1993, with the Springboks triumphant on every occasion. The closest the Pumas have come to an upset was in the first game, in Buenos Aires, when the Springboks scraped a 29-26 win. The two nations last played each other in 1996, the Springboks wrapping up a 2-0 series victory with a 44-21 win in Buenos Aires.

Tomorrow's match will be staged at the 75,000-capacity River Plate football stadium. The Pumas will be playing there for the first time after raising their profile at home with a fine performance in last year's World Cup, reaching the quarter-final stages of the tournament.

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