A similar match may be scheduled in the next month against fringe Wallabies squad members but Saturday’s match at Eastwood’s traditional home will not take place in front of spectators.
Argentina have been scrambling to find a suitable set of practice matches before their first competitive game – against the All Blacks on November 14.
They will face Waratahs squad members and a handful of Shute Shield players whose teams are out of the race for the coveted club rugby title. It’s understood the Waratahs will wear a Sydney Rugby Union kit for the match.
Meanwhile, the Wallabies are sweating on scans of Matt To’omua’s groin injury.
A Wallabies spokesperson said the initial prognosis was a strain but To’omua won’t know the severity of the injury until he receives the results in the next 48 hours.
The Wallabies flew back from New Zealand on Monday and will have a few days off before heading into camp on Thursday.
Wallabies coach Dave Rennie has limited options in trying to replace To’omua. The only natural inside-centre in his squad is Irae Simone. Hunter Paisami moved to inside-centre in To’omua’s absence against the All Blacks on Sunday.
One left-field option could be to play star young gun Noah Lolesio at five-eighth and push James O’Connor to inside-centre. Rennie is expected to tweak his squad for the championship in the coming days.
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Sam is a sports reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald.