Argentina national rugby union team

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Argentina
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Nickname(s)Los Pumas (The Pumas)
Emblem Jaguar
Union Argentine Rugby Union
Head coach Mario Ledesma
Captain Julián Montoya
Most caps Agustin Creevy (89) [1] [2] [3]
Top scorer Nicolás Sánchez (748) [4] [5] [6]
Top try scorer José María Núñez Piossek (30)
Home stadium José Amalfitani
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current9 (as of 14 February 2021)
Highest3 (2008)
Lowest12 (2014)
First international
Flag of Argentina.svgArgentina 3–28 British Isles British and Irish Lions flag with no Lion.svg
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 12 June 1910)
Biggest win
Flag of Argentina.svgArgentina 152–0 Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg
(Mendoza, Argentina; 1 May 2002)
Biggest defeat
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand 93–8 ArgentinaFlag of Argentina.svg
(Wellington, New Zealand; 21 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987 )
Best resultThird place, 2007
Website lospumas.com.ar

The Argentina national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international rugby union; it is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union (Spanish : Unión Argentina de Rugby). Nicknamed the Pumas (Los Pumas in Spanish), they play in sky blue and white jerseys. They are ranked 8th in the world by World Rugby, making them the highest-ranked nation in the Americas.

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Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. Argentina has competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament of 1987, and the country are considered the strongest team within the Americas, being undefeated against all but Canada, against whom they have suffered three losses.

The Pumas' impressive results since the 1999 World Cup have seen rugby's popularity in Argentina grow significantly. Argentina has achieved several upset victories, and are capable of regularly defeating Six Nations sides. In the 2007 Rugby World Cup Argentina were undefeated in their pool and reached the semi-finals for the first time; they were defeated by South Africa in the semi-finals, but followed up with a win over France to claim third place overall. By the end of the competition, the team had reached an all-time high of third in the World Rankings.

After their advances in competitiveness and performance during the 2000s, coupled with their location in the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina was the only tier 1 nation that had no regular competition. [7] Argentina officially joined The Rugby Championship on 23 November 2011. [8] In their first tournament in 2012, Argentina secured a 16–16 draw with The Springboks in only their second game.

The 2014 Rugby Championship saw the first Championship-match win for Argentina who defeated Australia 21–17. [9] 2015 proved to be a successful year for Argentine rugby, including their first ever win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship, and they reached another semi-final at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the 2016 Rugby Championship, the Pumas again defeated the Springboks. Although winless during the 2017 Rugby Championship, the Pumas achieved two wins in their 2018 campaign, defeating both South Africa and Australia. On November 14, 2020 the Pumas beat New Zealand 25–15 to record their first win over the All Blacks.

History

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The first Argentina national team ever before playing the British Lions, 12 June 1910

The History of the Argentina national team starts with the first international played by an Argentine side against the British Isles in 1910 when they toured on South America. Argentina gained recognition in 1965, when the team toured South Africa playing a series of friendly matches there. In that tour the national team was nicknamed Los Pumas, a name that became an identity mark for Argentina, remaining to present days.

Argentina has taken part in all the Rugby World Cups since the first edition in 1987, their best performance being the third place achieved in 2007. Argentina followed their growing competitiveness in the Rugby Championship with a strong showing in the 2015 World Cup, reaching the semi-finals for the second time. The national side also plays the Rugby Championship since the 2012 edition, after joining the competition one year before. [10]

Colours, symbol and name

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The team that played the first test against the British Lions wearing the light blue and white jersey for the first time on 31 July 1927

Argentina alternated blue and white jerseys during its first international matches in 1910. In 1927 Mr. Abelardo Gutiérrez of Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires proposed that Argentina should play against the British Lions wearing a striped light blue and white jersey. That request was accepted and Argentina wore the striped uniform for the first time in its history. [11]

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The Jaguar, native of the northeastern Argentina was chosen as the symbol of the team in 1941

Los Pumas play in a shirt in the country's flag (and sporting) colours of light blue and white, white shorts, and socks in light blue and white. In 2011, the UAR signed a deal with Nike which became the exclusive kit provider for all its national senior and youth teams, including Pampas XV. [12] The first uniform designed by the American company left the traditional horizontal-striped jersey behind, featuring a single light blue with white shoulders jersey, although it was announced that Los Pumas would wear its traditional uniform again when they play the 2012 Rugby Championship. [13]

In September 1941, Abelardo Gutiérrez (who had proposed the use of a white and blue jersey for the team 14 years prior) suggested a badge with the figure of a lion. The color of the crest was blue (due to Buenos Aires Cricket Club, where the first rugby match in Argentina had been played). The animal was later replaced by a native to Argentine species, so the jaguar was chosen due to his "agility and courage", according to their words. [11]

The Pumas nickname is the result of an error made by Carl Kohler, a journalist for the then Die Transvaler newspaper in South Africa, while following the team during their first overseas tour ever – to Southern Africa (to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and South Africa) in 1965. He tried to devise a catchy nickname for the team similar to existing international team nicknames such as All Blacks, Springboks, and Wallabies. He asked Isak van Heerden, the then coach of the Natal Rugby team who was asked by the SARB to assist with the tour, for ideas. They saw a picture of a type of lion with spots on the UAR crest. Kohler was aware that the Americas had jaguars and pumas, and as he was under pressure to submit his article, made a guess and called them the Pumas, instead of the actual jaguar. The mistake stuck, and was eventually adopted by the Argentines themselves (although the UAR crest still depicts a jaguar). [14]

Uniform evolution

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1910–27 [note 1]
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1910–27 [note 1]
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1927–2012
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2012–15
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2015–2016
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2016–present
Notes:
  1. 1 2 Until 1927 Argentina wore blue and white jerseys, with no further clarification about when they worn one or another kit

Kit suppliers

PeriodKit manufacturerShirt sponsor
1978–1998 Adidas No shirt sponsor
1999–2000 VISA
2000–2003 Topper
2004–2011Adidas
2012–present Nike

Home grounds

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Sociedad Sportiva Argentina (above) was the first venue for Argentina in 1910. José Amalfitani Stadium (bottom), one of the current venues when the team plays in Buenos Aires

The Pumas use a variety of stadiums when playing at home. One of the most frequently used for tests is José Amalfitani Stadium, home of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield and sited in Buenos Aires. When Great Britain made their first tour to Argentina in 1910, the national team played them at Sociedad Sportiva Argentina of Palermo. That test was also notable for being the first Argentina match ever. [15] [16]

When the British combined returned to Argentina in 1927, the national side started to use GEBA and Buenos Aires Cricket Club as their home venues. GEBA was a frequent venue during the next decades, but hosted only three matches after the 1960s, as the Pumas started using larger stadiums; the Pumas' last match at GEBA was in 1993. [17] On the other side, the Buenos Aires Cricket was also used for a large number of matches until 1948 when it was destroyed by fire. [18] [19]

In 1997 BACRC inaugurated the first purpose-built rugby union stadium in Argentina, erected in Los Polvorines, Greater Buenos Aires. A total of nine international games were played there by the national team until 2005 when it was sold. [20]

Los Pumas played in Ferro Carril Oeste stadium during the 1970s and 1980s, where Argentina played Ireland, New Zealand, France and Australia among others. [21] [22]

During the mid year tests in 2007, as well as Vélez Sársfield, Argentina played games at venues including Brigadier Estanislao López in Santa Fe, Malvinas Argentinas in Mendoza, and Gigante de Arroyito, in Rosario. Argentina have also used the River Plate Stadium in the past, and in 2006 hosted Wales at Estadio Raúl Conti in Puerto Madryn.

Other venues that hosted Argentina rugby team were Estadio del Bicentenario in San Juan — where the team played tests v England and Wales (in 2017–18), [23] Estanislao López in Santa Fe (2017), Centenario in Resistencia, Chaco (2014), Monumental José Fierro in Tucumán (2012, 2014), Mario Kempes in Córdoba (2012), Est. José M. Minella in Mar del Plata (2008).

Records

Overall

Argentina have won 228 of their 452 Test matches, a win record of 50.44%. When the world rankings were introduced by the IRB in October 2003, Argentina were ranked seventh. They fell to eighth in the rankings in June 2004, before rising back to seventh by November that year. They fell back to eighth in February 2005, and stayed there until falling to their lowest ranking of ninth in February 2006. Since then, Argentina rose to eighth in July 2006, then sixth in November of that year. They had a one-week fall to seventh, then one week later rose to fifth to start the World Cup 2007.

Los Pumas twice surpassed their highest ranking at the 2007 Rugby World Cup. [24] Defeating number three France, the second opening game loss for a World Cup hosting nation, moved them into fourth place, their highest position since the IRB World Rankings were established. They lost to eventual champions South Africa in the semi-final but beat France yet again in the bronze medal round to set another highest ranking, third, behind South Africa and New Zealand.

Argentina has won every match against South American national teams, including 41 against Uruguay, 38 against Chile, 17 against Paraguay and 13 against Brazil.

On 14 November 2020, they registered their first win against New Zealand.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by an Argentina national XV at test level up until 5 December 2020. [25]

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 20 rankings as of 10 May, 2021 [26]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.69
5Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.29
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Steady2.svgFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 061.04
25Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.09
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 057.17
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week
Argentina's historical rankings

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Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 10 May 2021 [26]
OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 34 625317.64%566935−369
Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 131300100.00%105447+1007
British & Irish Lions 7 0610.00%31236−205
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 862075.00%262137+125
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 363600100.00%1627237+1390
Flag of England.svg  England 24 419116.67%373648−275
Flag of England.svg  England XV 1 0010.00%1313+0
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 431075.00%13096+34
Flag of France.svg  France 52 1437126.92%8181266−448
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 5 500100.00%18666+120
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 18 612033.33%362407−45
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland XV 5 22140.00%2536−11
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 22 165172.72%557383+174
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 6 51083.33%259159+100
 Junior Springboks514020.00%26166−140
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 3300100.00%19436+158
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 31 12913.22%4471203−756
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand XV 4 0400.00%3080−50
  Oxford and Cambridge 825125.00%48126−78
Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay 171700100.00%138265+1317
Flag of Peru.svg  Peru 1100100.00%440+44
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 8800100.00%31797+220
Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 413025%82111−29
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 18 99050.00%308386−78
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland XV 3 12033.33%3421+13
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 30 326110.00%5941058−464
 South Africa Gazelles624033.33%6071−11
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 4400100.00%14975+74
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 2200100.00%7328+45
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 9900100.00%294136+158
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 393900100.00%1669396+1273
Flag of Venezuela.svg  Venezuela 1100100.00%1477+140
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 18 513027.78%392505−113
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales XV 3 11133.33%3734+3
  World XV 2200100.00%6442+22
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 10100.00%1217−5
Total4522282111350.44%126669326+3340

Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Qualification
YearRoundPldWDLPFPASquadPosPldWDLPFPA
Flag of New Zealand.svg Flag of Australia (converted).svg 1987 Pool Stage31024990 Squad Invited
Flag of England.svg Flag of France.svg IRFU flag.svg Flag of Scotland.svg Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1991 Pool Stage30033883 Squad 2nd42025746
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 Pool Stage30036987 Squad P/O550018453
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Quarter-finals5302137122 Squad 1st330016152
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Pool Stage420214057 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of France.svg 2007 Third Place760120993 Squad 1st22008613
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 Quarter-finals530210073 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of England.svg 2015 Fourth Place7403250143 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 Pool Stage420210691 Squad Automatically qualified
Flag of France.svg 2023 Automatically qualified
TotalThird Place41210201098839141202488
 Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth placeHome venue

The Rugby Championship

Rugby Championship (2012–present)
NationGamesPointsBonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
PWDLPFPAPD
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 4236241423751+672261746
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 42194191048974+74191031
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 42193209521088−1369911
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4251367661376−61011330
Updated: 5 December 2020
Source:lassen.co.nz – TRC, Argentina, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa
Bonus points given by T – 4W − 2D, for T table points, W games won and D games drawn.
All-time Tri Nations and Rugby Championship Table (1996–present)
NationGamesPointsBonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
PWDLPFPAPD
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1188822834772200+12776141717
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 1184966325432905−362432494
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 1144756225282805−277432294
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 4663378221460−63811410
Updated: 5 December 2020
Bonus points given by T – 4W − 2D, for T table points, W games won and D games drawn.

Wins against Tier 1 nations

DateHomeScoreAwayVenueStatus
27 October 1979 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg24–13Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 July 1983 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg3–18Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Australia (converted).svg Ballymore, Brisbane 1983 Tour
22 June 1985 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg24–16Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 May 1986 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg15–13Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
28 May 1987 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg25–16Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of New Zealand.svg Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1987 Rugby World Cup
7 November 1987 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg27–19Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
18 June 1988 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg18–15Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
24 June 1989 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg21–16Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
4 August 1990 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg15–13Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 November 1992 France  Flag of France.svg20–24Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes 1992 Tour
4 June 1994 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg16–15Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 1994 Scottish Series
11 June 1994 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg19–17Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires
17 October 1995 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg26–6Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
7 June 1997 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg33–13Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
8 November 1997 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg18–16Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
21 August 1999 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg22–31Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Scotland.svg Murrayfield, Edinburgh 1999 Rugby World Cup warm-up
20 October 1999 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg28–24IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of France.svg Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens 1999 Rugby World Cup
3 June 2000 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg34–23IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 July 2001 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg38–17Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
10 November 2001 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg16–30Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2001 Tour
18 November 2001 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg16–25Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Scotland.svg Murrayfield, Edinburgh
15 June 2002 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg28–27Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
16 November 2002 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg6–38Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Flaminio, Rome 2002 Tour
14 June 2003 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg10–6Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 2003 French Series
20 June 2003 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg33–32Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
12 June 2004 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg50–44Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
20 November 2004 France  Flag of France.svg14–24Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 2004 Tour
11 June 2005 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg35–21Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
12 November 2005 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg19–23Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Scotland.svg Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2005 Tour
19 November 2005 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg22–39Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
11 June 2006 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg27–25Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Raúl Conti, Puerto Madryn 2006 Welsh Series
17 June 2006 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg45–27Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
11 November 2006 England  Flag of England.svg18–25Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of England.svg Twickenham, London 2006 Tour
18 November 2006 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg16–23Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Flaminio, Rome
26 May 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg22–20IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe 2007 Irish Series
2 June 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg16–0IRFU flag.svg  Ireland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
9 June 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg24–6Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza Test Match
7 September 2007 France  Flag of France.svg12–17Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Stade de France, Paris 2007 Rugby World Cup
30 September 2007 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg15–30Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Parc des Princes, Paris
7 October 2007 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg19–13Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of France.svg Stade de France, Paris
19 October 2007 France  Flag of France.svg10–34Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Parc des Princes, Paris
7 June 2008 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg21–15Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario Test Match
15 November 2008 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg14–22Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin 2008 Tour
13 June 2009 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg24-22Flag of England.svg  England Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
28 November 2009 Scotland  Flag of Scotland.svg6–9Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Scotland.svg Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2009 Tour
26 June 2010 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg41–13Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
13 November 2010 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg16–22Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona 2010 Tour
25 September 2011 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg13–12Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland Flag of New Zealand.svg Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington 2011 Rugby World Cup
9 June 2012 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg37–22Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan Test Match
16 June 2012 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg23–20Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba Test Match
10 November 2012 Wales  Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg12–26Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2012 Tour
23 November 2013 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg14–19Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2013 Tour
4 October 2014 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg27–19Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2014 Rugby Championship
15 November 2014 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg18–20Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 2014 Tour
22 November 2014 France  Flag of France.svg13–18Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of France.svg Stade de France, Paris
8 August 2015 South Africa  Flag of South Africa.svg25–37Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of South Africa.svg Kings Park Stadium, Durban 2015 Rugby Championship
18 October 2015 Ireland  IRFU flag.svg20–43Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2015 Rugby World Cup
11 June 2016 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg30–24Flag of Italy.svg  Italy Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe Test Match
19 June 2016 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg30–19Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
27 August 2016 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg26–24Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 2016 Rugby Championship
18 November 2017 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg15–31Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Italy.svg Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 2017 Tour
25 August 2018 Argentina  Flag of Argentina.svg32–19Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa Flag of Argentina.svg Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2018 Rugby Championship
15 September 2018 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg19–23Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Australia (converted).svg Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
14 November 2020 New Zealand  Flag of New Zealand.svg15–25Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Flag of Australia (converted).svg Bankwest Stadium, Sydney 2020 Tri Nations Series
TeamHome WinAway WinNeutral Win
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 420
Flag of England.svg  England 310
Flag of France.svg  France 950
IRFU flag.svg  Ireland 303
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 781
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 001
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 342
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 210
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 320
Total34237

Players

Current squad

On 17 May 2021 Argentina named a 67-man roster for the 2021 internationals, [27] before being rescued to 32 for their July tests against Wales. [28]

Head Coach: Flag of Argentina.svg Mario Ledesma

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Facundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 29)2 Flag of France.svg La Rochelle
Julián Montoya (c) Hooker (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 27)62 Flag of England.svg Leicester Tigers
Santiago Socino Hooker (1992-05-07) 7 May 1992 (age 29)4 Flag of England.svg Gloucester
Facundo Gigena Prop (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 26)2 Flag of England.svg London Irish
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop (1985-07-07) 7 July 1985 (age 35)14 Flag of France.svg Lyon
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06) 6 May 1996 (age 25)22 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Force
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 32)62 Flag of England.svg Bristol Bears
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15) 15 December 1994 (age 26)22 Flag of Scotland.svg Glasgow Warriors
Federico Wegrzyn Prop (1998-01-08) 8 January 1998 (age 23)0 Flag of France.svg Provence Rugby
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 29)65 Flag of England.svg Gloucester
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 28)52 Flag of England.svg Leicester Tigers
Marcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 23)32 Flag of France.svg Stade Français
Guido Petti Lock (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 26)56 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux
Rodrigo Bruni Back row (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 27)7 Flag of France.svg Vannes
Francisco Gorrissen Back row (1994-08-30) 30 August 1994 (age 26)1 Flag of Argentina.svg Jaguares XV
Facundo Isa Back row (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 27)30 Flag of France.svg Toulon
Tomás Lezana Back row (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 27)39 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Force
Pablo Matera Back row (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 27)69 Flag of France.svg Stade Français
Gonzalo Bertranou Scrum-half (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 27)29 Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg Dragons
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 32)76 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Force
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 28)11 Flag of Argentina.svg Jaguares XV
Domingo Miotti Fly-half (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 25)1 Flag of Australia (converted).svg Western Force
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 32)84 Flag of France.svg Stade Français
Santiago Chocobares Centre (1999-03-31) 31 March 1999 (age 22)3 Flag of France.svg Toulouse
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 30)56 Flag of France.svg Perpignan
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 30)47 Flag of England.svg Leicester Tigers
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 29)47 Flag of England.svg Newcastle Falcons
Santiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 27)38 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 24)17 Flag of France.svg Bordeaux
Juan Imhoff Wing (1988-05-11) 11 May 1988 (age 33)35 Flag of France.svg Racing 92
Emiliano Boffelli Fullback (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 26)31 Flag of France.svg Racing 92
Santiago Carreras Fullback (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 23)9 Flag of England.svg Gloucester

Coaches

Coaches: [29]

After Marcelo Loffreda left following the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the UAR spent nearly five months searching for a successor until opting for a two-coach setup, with former Pumas Santiago Phelan and Fabián Turnes taking over. [30] On 22 October 2013, Phelan resigned from his post, ending a five-year spell in charge 2-week before Argentina goes on tour as part of the 2013 end-of-year rugby union tests. On 23 October 2013, Argentina Jaguars and Pampas XV head coach Daniel Hourcade was named the new Head Coach and his current contract will run through until the 2015 Rugby World Cup. [31]

Player records (career)

Most matches

Agustin Creevy is the player with most matches (89) Agustin Creevy 2011.jpg
Agustín Creevy is the player with most matches (89)
#PlayerPosYearsMatStartSubWonLostDraw%
1 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2005-8959302663029.21
2 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998-20138775124245048.27
Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 2005-20198764233453039.08
4 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990-2005868334144148.25
Rolando Martín Flanker 1994-2003867794441151.74
6 Martin Landajo Scrum-half 2008-8458262756132.73
Mario Ledesma Hooker 1996-20118467174241150.59
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010-847772358228.91
9 Pedro Sporleder Lock 1990-2003787264136153.20
10 Tomas Cubelli Scrum-half 2010-7632442749035.52

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

Juan Imhoff is the player who scored more tries in the history of Rugby World Cup for Argentina (7) Juan Imhoff 2015 RWC.jpg
Juan Imhoff is the player who scored more tries in the history of Rugby World Cup for Argentina (7)
#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTries
1 José Núñez Piossek Wing 2001-20082826214529
2 Diego Cuesta Silva Centre 1983-19956363012528
3 Gustavo Jorge Wing 1989-19942322111124
4 Rolando Martín Flanker 1994-2003867799018
Facundo Soler Wing 1996-2002252329018
Joaquin Tuculet Fullback 2012-565159018
7 Hernán Senillosa Wing 2002-200733221112817
8 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990-20058683318816
Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998-201387751265116
Juan Imhoff Wing 2009-352698016
Manuel Montero Wing 2012-272258016

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

Nicolas Sanchez, all-time top scorer for Argentina (773) Nicolas Sanchez 2015 RWC.jpg
Nicolás Sánchez, all-time top scorer for Argentina (773)
#PlayerPosSpanMatStartSubPtsTriesConvPensDrop
1 Nicolás Sánchez [32] Fly-half 2010-847777881310815712
2 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998–201387751265116741392
3 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1971–199058580590118410126
4 Gonzalo Quesada Fly-half 1996–2003383084864681037
5 Santiago Mesón Fullback 1987–199734322365868631
6 Federico Todeschini Fly-half 1998–200821165256437540
7 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990–20058683318817141411
8 Juan Martín Hernández Fly-half 2003–201774668176820239
9 Juan Fernández Miranda Fly-half 1997–2007291712158541125
10 José Núñez Piossek Wing 2001–20082826214529000

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

#PlayerPosSpanMatWonLostDraw%PtsTries
1 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2014-2018511437027.45153
2 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1992–2003482820058.338710
3 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1977–1990381518546.054352
4 Agustín Pichot Scrum-half 2000–2007301812060.0051
5 Felipe Contepomi Centre 2007–2013251015040.002325
6 Juan M. Fernández Lobbe Number 8 2008–201420415122.50102
Pedro Sporleder Lock 1996–199920910147.50204
8 Héctor Silva Flanker 1967–197115122183.33124
9 Pablo Matera Flanker 2018-14310125.0051
Sebastián Salvat Centre 19951376053.84357

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Player records (match)

Most points in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1. Eduardo Morgan Wing 5061300Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo14/10/1973
2. José Núñez Piossek Wing 459000Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Uruguay.svg Montevideo 27/04/2003
3. Gustavo Jorge Wing 408000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo02/10/1993
4. Martín Sansot Fullback 363640Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Argentina.svg Tucumán 13/07/1996
5. José Cilley Fly-half 3201600Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Argentina.svg Mendoza01/05/2002
6. Eduardo Morgan Wing 313530Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo16/10/1973
Eduardo de Forteza Fly-half 3101130Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Paraguay.svg Asunción25/09/1975
José Luna Wing 311460Flag of Romania.svg  Romania Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 14/10/1995
Felipe Contepomi Fly-half 312350Flag of France.svg  France Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 26/06/2010
10.4 players on 30 points

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

#PlayerPosPtsTriesConvPensDropOppositionVenueDate
1. José Núñez Piossek Wing 459000Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Uruguay.svg Montevideo 27/04/2003
2. Gustavo Jorge Wing 408000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo02/10/1993
3. Uriel O'Farrell Wing 217000Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 09/09/1951
4. Uriel O'Farrell Wing 186000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Argentina.svg Buenos Aires 13/09/1951
Eduardo Morgan Wing 5061300Flag of Paraguay.svg  Paraguay Flag of Brazil.svg São Paulo14/10/1973
Gustavo Jorge Wing 246000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Uruguay.svg Montevideo 08/10/1989
Facundo Barrea Wing 306000Flag of Brazil.svg  Brazil Flag of Chile.svg Santiago23/05/2012
55 players on 5 tries

Last updated: Australia vs Argentina, 5 December 2020. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

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