Sport in Short: Rugby Union

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DANIE SERFONTEIN, 59, has succeeded Sir Peter Yarranton as president of the Rugby Football Union. During Serfontein's year of presidency, South Africa will tour England for the first time in 23 years.

ENGLISH rugby remains committed to the divisional championship after a move by two Durham clubs to sweep away the seven-year-old competition was defeated at the RFU annual meeting. Gateshead Fell and Darlington proposed a return to the high-level status of the now downgraded county championship, but they lost the vote 381-244. John Jeavons-Fellows, chairman of the competitions committee, regarded the suggested change as 'an attack on the England squad'. He said: 'It is against England's best interests. Every area of the game has become stronger because the first team, England, are winning and that has come about because we support the divisional championship.'

SECOND TEST (Buenos Aires): Argentina 9 France 33. France: Tries A Hueber, S Viars, P Saint-Andre; Conversions Viars, 3; Penalties Viars, 3; Drop goal Hueber. Argentina: Penalties S Meson, 2; Drop goal L Arbizu.