In Argentina today, soccer is without question the passion of the people. Yet in 1900 soccer and rugby were equally as popular – so what happened? How did rugby lose out to soccer? This week’s ten-minute time tunnel examines how social and political changes in Argentina not only changed the nation but also transformed sport, leaving rugby the sport of Argentina’s social elite. For more on the history of rugby and the other football codes, follow me on Twitter @collinstony and at

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