Argentina receive apology after missing Rugby Championship photo shoot

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Argentina has lost all five matches in their Rugby Championship match so far

Rugby Australia and Rugby Championship organizers have apologized to Argentina for excluding the Pumas from a photo shoot with team captains.

Mario Ledesma, Argentina coach, said that the team felt "disrespected", after photos of South Africa captains from Australia, New Zealand, and Australia were published.

Rugby Australia and Sanzaar, the governing body of Rugby Australia, said that Julian Montoya couldn't attend due to a "late travel change".

Sanzaar claimed it was a communication breakdown and took responsibility.

"Sanzaar & Rugby Australia Management would like to apologize to Argentina Rugby for the mistake that led to a photo being published in media that misrepresented The Rugby Championship by omitting Argentina," a statement stated.

"Unfortunately, the Argentina captain was unable to make it on the scheduled time for the photo session due to a late travel change."

Argentina has lost all five matches of the tournament. New Zealand won the title, beating South Africa on Saturday.

The Pumas are currently the only team that has not played in all of its fixtures away in Covid-19 bubbles. Ledesma stated earlier in September, however, that his squad did not have enough time to prepare and that "no one seems to care" about their welfare.

Australia will play Argentina in the final match of the series on Saturday.