England have agreed to play the first of two summer Tests against Argentina on home soil after receiving a request from the Pumas for financial assistance.
The Rugby Football Union are “keen to help” Argentina and plan to stage the match away from Twickenham, providing the idea receives approval from the International Rugby Board.
RFU chief executive Francis Baron explained “Argentina feel that playing one of their two Tests against England in England would generate urgently-needed funds to invest in their squads, in particular the Pumas A team due to take part in the Churchill Cup in North America at the same time.
“We are keen to assist Argentina and will take the opportunity of playing the match away from Twickenham to aid rugby development in the regions.”
The RFU are currently evaluating potential stadium options.
The Pumas would remain the home team in the fixture and therefore the Union Argentina de Rugby would benefit from related income streams such as gate receipts and merchandise.
Argentina need the funds to help develop a new professional structure that is required if they are to maintain their top-four world ranking and secure a place in an expanded Tri-Nations.
Domestic rugby in Argentina remains staunchly amateur but the UAR is attempting to produce a professional tier through high-performance units, with players competing in pan-American competitions and the Churchill Cup.
It would not be the first time England have played an away Test on home soil.
During the construction of the Millennium Stadium, Wales moved their Five Nations matches to Wembley and famously beat England 32-31 in April, 1999.