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Argentina national rugby union team

The Argentina national rugby team is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR, from the Spanish: Unión Argentina de Rugby). Nicknamed the Pumas (Los Pumas in Spanish), they play in sky blue and white jerseys,

Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Pumas (The Pumas)
EmblemJaguar
UnionArgentine Rugby Union
Head coachMario Ledesma
CaptainPablo Matera
Most capsAgustin Creevy (89)[1][2][3]
Top scorerNicolás Sánchez (748)[4][5][6]
Top try scorerJosé María Núñez Piossek (30)
Home stadiumJosé Amalfitani
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current11 (as of 16 September 2019)
Highest3 (2008)
Lowest12 (2014)
First international
Argentina 3–28 British Isles
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 12 June 1910)
Biggest win
Argentina 152–0 Paraguay
(Mendoza, Argentina; 1 May 2002)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand 93–8 Argentina
(Wellington, New Zealand; 21 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances9 (First in 1987)
Best resultThird place, 2007
Websitelospumas.com.ar

Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. As of 23 September 2019 they are ranked 11th in the world by the IRB, making them the highest-ranked nation in the Americas. They have competed at every Rugby World Cup staged since the first tournament of 1987, and the country are considered the strongest within the Americas, being undefeated against all but Canada, against whom they have suffered three losses.

Although rugby union in Argentina is not as popular as association football, the Pumas' impressive results since the 1999 World Cup have seen the sport's popularity grow significantly. Argentina has achieved several upset victories, are tough contenders when playing in Buenos Aires, and are capable of regularly defeating Six Nations sides. A surprise victory over the hosts France in the first game of the 2007 World Cup took Argentina to fourth in the IRB World Rankings. The team were undefeated in their pool, and reached the semi-finals for the first time, beating Scotland 19–13 in their quarter-final. They were defeated 37–13 by eventual winners South Africa in the semi-finals, but followed this up with a second 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, and some, among them former Pumas captain Agustín Pichot,[7] had even spoken of them joining the Six Nations. Argentina officially joined The Rugby Championship in a meeting in Buenos Aires 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 very successful year for Argentine rugby, as the last match of the 2015 Rugby Championship was Argentina's first ever win over South Africa, where the Pumas defeated the Springboks 37–25 in Durban, and they reached another semifinal at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the 2016 Rugby Championship, the Pumas split the first two games with the Springboks, winning the second game 26-24 at Salta on 27 August 2016. While they were winless during the 2017 Rugby Championship, the Pumas achieved two wins in their 2018 campaign, defeating both South Africa and Australia for the first time in a single calendar year.

HistoryEdit

 
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 v. the British Islands 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 nameEdit

 
The team that played the first test v. 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 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]

 
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]

On 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 Argentine 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 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 evolutionEdit

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

Kit suppliersEdit

Period Kit manufacturer Shirt sponsor
1978 – 1998 Adidas No shirt sponsor
1999 – 2000 VISA
2000 – 2003 Topper
2004 – 2011 Adidas
2012 – present Nike

Home groundsEdit

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).

RecordsEdit

OverallEdit

Argentina have won 225 of their 443 Test matches, a win record of 51.79%. 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. In contrast, they have never beaten New Zealand, having scored a draw against them.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by an Argentina national XV at test level up until 18 September 2019.[25]

Top 30 rankings as of 25 November 2019[26]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.19
2     New Zealand 092.11
3     England 088.82
4     Wales 085.02
5     Ireland 084.45
6     Australia 081.90
7     France 080.88
8     Japan 079.28
9     Scotland 079.23
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Italy 072.04
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Georgia 071.26
15     Samoa 070.72
16     Spain 068.15
17     United States 068.10
18     Uruguay 067.41
19     Romania 066.69
20     Russia 063.09
21     Hong Kong 061.25
22     Canada 061.12
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Portugal 061.01
25     Netherlands 060.08
26     Brazil 058.89
27     Belgium 055.74
28     Germany 054.64
29     Chile 053.83
30     Korea 053.11
*Change from the previous week
Argentina's historical rankings
 
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 18 November 2019[26]


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Australia 32 6 25 1 20.31% 535 904 -369
  Brazil 13 13 0 0 100.00% 1054 47 +1007
    British and Irish Lions 6 0 6 0 0.00% 6 211 -205
  Canada 8 6 2 0 75.00% 262 137 +125
  Chile 36 36 0 0 100.00% 1627 237 +1390
  England 23 4 18 1 17.39% 363 609 -246
  England XV 1 0 0 1 0.00% 13 13 +0
  Fiji 4 3 1 0 75.00% 130 96 +34
  France 51 14 36 1 28.43% 797 1243 -446
  Georgia 5 5 0 0 100.00% 186 66 +120
  Ireland 18 6 12 0 33.33% 362 407 -45
  Ireland XV 5 2 2 1 40.00% 25 36 -11
  Italy 22 16 5 1 72.72% 557 383 +174
  Japan 6 5 1 0 83.33% 259 159 +100
 Junior Springboks 5 1 4 0 20.00% 26 166 -90
  Namibia 3 3 0 0 100.00% 194 36 +158
  New Zealand 29 0 28 1 0.00% 422 1160 -738
  New Zealand XV 4 0 4 0 0.00% 30 80 -50
 Oxford and Cambridge 8 2 5 1 25.00% 48 126 -78
  Paraguay 17 17 0 0 100.00% 1382 65 +1317
  Peru 1 1 0 0 100.00% 44 0 +44
  Romania 8 8 0 0 100.00% 317 97 +220
  Samoa 4 1 3 0 25% 82 111 -29
  Scotland 18 9 9 0 50.00% 308 386 -78
  Scotland XV 3 1 2 0 33.33% 34 21 +13
  South Africa 30 3 26 1 11.66% 594 1058 -464
 South Africa Gazelles 6 2 4 0 33.33% 60 71 -11
  Spain 4 4 0 0 100.00% 149 75 +74
  Tonga 1 1 0 0 100.00% 45 16 +29
  United States 8 8 0 0 100.00% 247 119 +128
  Uruguay 39 39 0 0 100.00% 1669 396 +1273
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 147 7 +140
  Wales 18 5 13 0 27.78% 392 505 -113
  Wales XV 3 1 1 1 33.33% 37 34 +3
 World XV 2 2 0 0 100.00% 64 42 +22
  Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 17 -5
Total 443 225 208 10 51.79% 12479 9076 +3403

Rugby World CupEdit

Rugby World Cup Qualification
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA Squad Pos Pld W D L PF PA
    1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 49 90 Squad Invited
          1991 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 38 83 Squad 2nd 4 2 0 2 57 46
  1995 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 69 87 Squad P/O 5 5 0 0 184 53
  1999 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 137 122 Squad 1st 3 3 0 0 161 52
  2003 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 140 57 Squad Automatically qualified
  2007 Third Place 7 6 0 1 209 93 Squad 1st 2 2 0 0 86 13
  2011 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 100 73 Squad Automatically qualified
  2015 Fourth Place 7 4 0 3 250 143 Squad Automatically qualified
  2019 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 106 91 Squad Automatically qualified
  2023 Automatically qualified
Total Third Place 41 21 0 20 1098 839 14 12 0 2 488
     Champions       Runners-up       Third place       Fourth place Home venue

The Rugby ChampionshipEdit

Rugby Championship (2012–present)
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
P W D L PF PA PD
  New Zealand 42 36 2 4 1423 751 +672 26 174 6
  South Africa 42 19 4 19 1048 974 +74 19 103 1
  Australia 42 19 3 20 952 1088 −136 9 91 1
  Argentina 42 5 1 36 766 1376 −610 11 33 0
Updated: 10 August 2019
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 & Rugby Championship Table (1996–present)
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
P W D L PF PA PD
  New Zealand 114 86 2 26 3559 2146 +1413 58 406 16
  Australia 114 48 4 62 2483 2809 −326 43 241 4
  South Africa 114 47 5 62 2528 2805 −277 43 229 4
  Argentina 42 5 1 36 766 1376 −610 11 33 0
Updated: 10 August 2019
Bonus points given by T – 4W − 2D, for T table points, W games won and D games drawn.

Wins against Tier 1 nationsEdit

Date Home Score Away Venue Status
27 October 1979 Argentina   24–13   Australia   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 July 1983 Australia   3–18   Argentina   Ballymore, Brisbane 1983 Tour
22 June 1985 Argentina   24–16   France   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 May 1986 Argentina   15–13   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
28 May 1987 Argentina   25–16   Italy   Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1987 Rugby World Cup
7 November 1987 Argentina   27–19   Australia   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
18 June 1988 Argentina   18–15   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
24 June 1989 Argentina   21–16   Italy   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
4 August 1990 Argentina   15–13   England   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 November 1992 France   20–24   Argentina   Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes 1992 Tour
4 June 1994 Argentina   16–15   Scotland   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 1994 Scottish Series
11 June 1994 Argentina   19–17   Scotland   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires
17 October 1995 Argentina   26–6   Italy   Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
7 June 1997 Argentina   33–13   England   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
8 November 1997 Argentina   18–16   Australia   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
21 August 1999 Scotland   22–31   Argentina   Murrayfield, Edinburgh 1999 Rugby World Cup warm-up
20 October 1999 Argentina   28–24   Ireland   Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens 1999 Rugby World Cup
3 June 2000 Argentina   34–23   Ireland   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 July 2001 Argentina   38–17   Italy   Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
10 November 2001 Wales   16–30   Argentina   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2001 Tour
18 November 2001 Scotland   16–25   Argentina   Murrayfield, Edinburgh
15 June 2002 Argentina   28–27   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
16 November 2002 Italy   6–38   Argentina   Stadio Flaminio, Rome 2002 Tour
14 June 2003 Argentina   10–6   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 2003 French Series
20 June 2003 Argentina   33–32   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
12 June 2004 Argentina   50–44   Wales   Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
20 November 2004 France   14–24   Argentina   Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 2004 Tour
11 June 2005 Argentina   35–21   Italy   Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
12 November 2005 Scotland   19–23   Argentina   Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2005 Tour
19 November 2005 Italy   22–39   Argentina   Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
11 June 2006 Argentina   27–25   Wales   Estadio Raúl Conti, Puerto Madryn 2006 Welsh Series
17 June 2006 Argentina   45–27   Wales   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
11 November 2006 England   18–25   Argentina   Twickenham, London 2006 Tour
18 November 2006 Italy   16–23   Argentina   Stadio Flaminio, Rome
26 May 2007 Argentina   22–20   Ireland   Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe 2007 Irish Series
2 June 2007 Argentina   16–0   Ireland   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
9 June 2007 Argentina   24–6   Italy   Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza Test Match
7 September 2007 France   12–17   Argentina   Stade de France, Paris 2007 Rugby World Cup
30 September 2007 Ireland   15–30   Argentina   Parc des Princes, Paris
7 October 2007 Argentina   19–13   Scotland   Stade de France, Paris
19 October 2007 France   10–34   Argentina   Parc des Princes, Paris
7 June 2008 Argentina   21–15   Scotland   Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario Test Match
15 November 2008 Italy   14–22   Argentina   Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin 2008 Tour
13 June 2009 Argentina   24-22   England   Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
28 November 2009 Scotland   6–9   Argentina   Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2009 Tour
26 June 2010 Argentina   41–13   France   Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
13 November 2010 Italy   16–22   Argentina   Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona 2010 Tour
25 September 2011 Argentina   13–12   Scotland   Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington 2011 Rugby World Cup
9 June 2012 Argentina   37–22   Italy   Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan Test Match
16 June 2012 Argentina   23–20   France   Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba Test Match
10 November 2012 Wales   12–26   Argentina   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2012 Tour
23 November 2013 Italy   14–19   Argentina   Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2013 Tour
4 October 2014 Argentina   27–19   Australia   Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2014 Rugby Championship
15 November 2014 Italy   18–20   Argentina   Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 2014 Tour
22 November 2014 France   13–18   Argentina   Stade de France, Paris
8 August 2015 South Africa   25–37   Argentina   Kings Park Stadium, Durban 2015 Rugby Championship
18 October 2015 Ireland   20–43   Argentina   Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2015 Rugby World Cup
11 June 2016 Argentina   30–24   Italy   Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe Test Match
19 June 2016 Argentina   30–19   France   Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
27 August 2016 Argentina   26–24   South Africa   Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 2016 Rugby Championship
18 November 2017 Italy   15–31   Argentina   Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 2017 Tour
25 August 2018 Argentina   32–19   South Africa   Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2018 Rugby Championship
15 September 2018 Australia   19–23   Argentina   Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
Team Home Win Away Win Neutral Win
  Australia 4 2 0
  England 3 1 0
  France 9 5 0
  Ireland 3 0 3
  Italy 7 8 1
  Scotland 3 4 2
  South Africa 2 1 0
  Wales 3 2 0
FULL TOTAL 34 23 6

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

On 19 August, Argentina named their 31-man squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[27]

Head Coach:   Mario Ledesma

  • Caps Updated: 9 October 2019

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Agustín Creevy Hooker (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 34) 89   Jaguares
Julián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 26) 59   Jaguares
Santiago Socino Hooker (1992-05-07) 7 May 1992 (age 27) 2   Jaguares
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 30) 58   Jaguares
Juan Figallo Prop (1988-03-25) 25 March 1988 (age 31) 33   Saracens
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06) 6 May 1996 (age 23) 18   Jaguares
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15) 15 December 1994 (age 24) 24   Jaguares
Mayco Vivas Prop (1998-06-02) 2 June 1998 (age 21) 8   Jaguares
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 28) 61   Jaguares
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 26) 56   Leicester Tigers
Guido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 25) 53   Jaguares
Rodrigo Bruni Back row (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 26) 4   San Luis
Marcos Kremer Back row (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 22) 28   Jaguares
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Back row (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 36) 87   Jaguares
Tomás Lezana Back row (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 25) 38   Jaguares
Pablo Matera (c) Back row (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 26) 66   Stade Français
Javier Ortega Desio Back row (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 29) 57   Jaguares
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 30) 75   Jaguares
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26) 8   Hindú
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 31) 80   Stade Français
Benjamín Urdapilleta Fly-half (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 33) 16   Castres Olympique
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 28) 54   Jaguares
Juan Cruz Mallia Centre (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 23) 5   Jaguares
Lucas Mensa Centre (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 23) 2   Pucará
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 28) 47   Jaguares
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 28) 44   Jaguares
Emiliano Boffelli Wing (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 24) 28   Jaguares
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 22) 14   Jaguares
Ramiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 29) 35   Jaguares
Santiago Carreras Fullback (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 21) 5   Jaguares
Joaquín Tuculet Fullback (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 30) 56   Jaguares

CoachesEdit

Coaches:[28]

  • 1932: Edmundo Cundo Stanfield
  • 1936: Luis Cilley, Edmundo Stanfield and C. Huntley Robertson.
  • 1954: Juan C. Wells.
  • 1956: Dermot Cavanagh and Horacio Savino.
  • 1959: Jorge Merelle.
  • 1960: Robert Galarga.
  • 1960: Saturnino Racimo.
  • 1965: Izaak Van Heerden, Alberto Camardón and Ángel Guastella.
  • 1965–66: Alberto Camardón and Ángel Guastella.
  • 1967–70: Alberto Camardón, Ángel Guastella and Jorge Merelle.
  • 1971: Ángel Guastella and Eduardo Poggi.
  • 1972–73: Ángel Guastella, Eduardo Poggi and Oscar Martínez Basante.
  • 1974: Carlos Villegas, Emilio Perasso and Jorge Merelle.
  • 1975: Eduardo Poggi and Eduardo Scahrenberg.
  • 1976–77: Carlos Villegas and Emilio Perasso.
  • 1978: Ángel Guastella, Aitor Otaño and José L. Imhoff.
  • 1979–80: Luis Gradín and Aitor Otaño.
  • 1981–83: Rodolfo O'Reilly.
  • 1984: Héctor Silva and Aitor Otaño.
  • 1985–86: Héctor Silva, Aitor Otaño and Ángel Guastella.
  • 1987: Héctor Silva and Ángel Guastella.
  • 1988–90: Rodolfo O'Reilly and Raúl Sanz.
  • 1990–91: Luis Gradín and Guillermo Lamarca.
  • 1992: Luis Gradín and John Hart.
  • 1993–94: Héctor Méndez and José J. Fernández.
  • 1995: Alejandro Petra and Ricardo Paganini.
  • 1995: Alejandro Petra and Emilio Perasso.
  • 1996: José Luis Imhoff, José J. Fernández, Héctor Méndez and Alex Wyllie.
  • 1997: José Luis Imhoff, Héctor Méndez and Alex Wyllie.
  • 1998: José Luis Imhoff and Alex Wyllie.
  • 1999: José Luis Imhoff and Alex Wyllie, next Héctor Méndez and Wyllie, next Wyllie alone.
  • 2000–2007 : Marcelo Loffreda and Daniel Baetti.
  • 2008–13: Santiago Phelan and Fabián Turnes[29]
  • 2013–18: Daniel Hourcade
  • 2018–:Mario Ledesma

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.[29] 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.[30]

Individual all-time recordsEdit

Most matchesEdit

# Player Pos Years Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Agustin Creevy Hooker 2005- 89 59 30 26 63 0 29.21
2 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998-2013 87 75 12 42 45 0 48.27
Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 2005-2019 87 64 23 34 53 0 39.08
4 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990-2005 86 83 3 41 44 1 48.25
Rolando Martín Flanker 1994-2003 86 77 9 44 41 1 51.74
6 Martin Landajo Scrum-half 2008- 84 58 26 27 56 1 32.73
Mario Ledesma Hooker 1996-2011 84 67 17 42 41 1 50.59
8 Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010- 80 73 7 22 57 1 28.12
9 Pedro Sporleder Lock 1990-2003 78 72 6 41 36 1 53.20
10 Tomas Cubelli Scrum-half 2010- 75 31 44 26 49 0 34.66

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most triesEdit

 
Juan Imhoff is the player who scored more tries in the history of Rugby World Cup for Argentina (7).
# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 José Núñez Piossek Wing 2001-2008 28 26 2 145 29
2 Diego Cuesta Silva Centre 1983-1995 63 63 0 125 28
3 Gustavo Jorge Wing 1989-1994 23 22 1 111 24
4 Rolando Martín Flanker 1994-2003 86 77 9 90 18
Facundo Soler Wing 1996-2002 25 23 2 90 18
Joaquin Tuculet Fullback 2012- 56 51 5 90 18
7 Hernán Senillosa Wing 2002-2007 33 22 11 128 17
8 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990-2005 86 83 3 188 16
Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998-2013 87 75 12 651 16
Juan Imhoff Wing 2009-2015 33 24 9 80 16
Manuel Montero Wing 2012- 27 22 5 80 16

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most pointsEdit

 
Argentina's second all-time points scorer Felipe Contepomi (651).
# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010- 80 73 7 748 12 107 146 12
2 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998–2013 87 75 12 651 16 74 139 2
3 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1971–1990 58 58 0 590 11 84 101 26
4 Gonzalo Quesada Fly-half 1996–2003 38 30 8 486 4 68 103 7
5 Santiago Mesón Fullback 1987–1997 34 32 2 365 8 68 63 1
6 Federico Todeschini Fly-half 1998–2008 21 16 5 256 4 37 54 0
7 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990–2005 86 83 3 188 17 14 14 11
8 Juan Martín Hernández Fly-half 2003–2017 74 66 8 176 8 20 23 9
9 Juan Fernández Miranda Fly-half 1997–2007 29 17 12 158 5 41 12 5
10 José Núñez Piossek Wing 2001–2008 28 26 2 145 29 0 0 0

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captainEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2014- 49 13 36 0 26.53 15 3
2 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1992–2003 48 28 20 0 58.33 87 10
3 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1977–1990 38 15 18 5 46.05 435 2
4 Agustín Pichot Scrum-half 2000–2007 30 18 12 0 60.00 5 1
5 Felipe Contepomi Centre 2007–2013 25 10 15 0 40.00 232 5
6 Juan M. Fernández Lobbe Number 8 2008–2014 20 4 15 1 22.50 10 2
Pedro Sporleder Lock 1996–1999 20 9 10 1 47.50 20 4
8 Héctor Silva Flanker 1967–1971 15 12 2 1 83.33 12 4
9 Sebastián Salvat Centre 1995 13 7 6 0 53.84 35 7
10 Marcelo Loffreda Centre 1989–1994 12 7 5 0 58.33 9 2

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a matchEdit

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Eduardo Morgan Wing 50 6 13 0 0   Paraguay   São Paulo 14/10/1973
2. José Núñez Piossek Wing 45 9 0 0 0   Paraguay   Montevideo 27/04/2003
3. Gustavo Jorge Wing 40 8 0 0 0   Brazil   São Paulo 02/10/1993
4. Martín Sansot Fullback 36 3 6 4 0   Brazil   Tucumán 13/07/1996
5. José Cilley Fly-half 32 0 16 0 0   Paraguay   Mendoza 01/05/2002
6. Eduardo Morgan Wing 31 3 5 3 0   Uruguay   São Paulo 16/10/1973
Eduardo de Forteza Fly-half 31 0 11 3 0   Paraguay   Asunción 25/09/1975
José Luna Wing 31 1 4 6 0   Romania   Buenos Aires 14/10/1995
Felipe Contepomi Fly-half 31 2 3 5 0   France   Buenos Aires 26/06/2010
10. 4 players on 30 points

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a matchEdit

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. José Núñez Piossek Wing 45 9 0 0 0   Paraguay   Montevideo 27/04/2003
2. Gustavo Jorge Wing 40 8 0 0 0   Brazil   São Paulo 02/10/1993
3. Uriel O'Farrell Wing 21 7 0 0 0   Uruguay   Buenos Aires 09/09/1951
4. Uriel O'Farrell Wing 18 6 0 0 0   Brazil   Buenos Aires 13/09/1951
Eduardo Morgan Wing 50 6 13 0 0   Paraguay   São Paulo 14/10/1973
Gustavo Jorge Wing 24 6 0 0 0   Brazil   Montevideo 08/10/1989
Facundo Barrea Wing 30 6 0 0 0   Brazil   Santiago 23/05/2012
5 5 players on 5 tries

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Youngest playersEdit

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Gustavo Jorge Wing 17 years and 349 days   Brazil   Montevideo 08/10/1989
2. Federico Méndez Prop 18 years and 86 days   Ireland   Lansdowne Road 27/10/1990
3. Patricio Fernández Fly-half 18 years and 202 days   Chile   Montevideo 01/05/2013
4. Alejandro Iachetti Lock 18 years and 319 days   Uruguay   Asunción 21/09/1975
5. Eliseo Branca Lock 19 years and 26 days   Wales XV   Cardiff 16/10/1976
6. Lisandro Arbizu Fly-half 19 years and 28 days   Ireland   Lansdowne Road 27/10/1990
7. Marcos Kremer Lock 19 years and 42 days   New Zealand   Hamilton 10/09/2016
8. Santiago Álvarez Centre 19 years and 69 days   Uruguay   Montevideo 27/04/2013
9. German Schultz Wing 19 years and 81 days   Uruguay   Montevideo 27/04/2013
10. Manuel Plaza Lock 19 years and 139 days   Paraguay   Asunción 23/05/2015

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Oldest playersEdit

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Hugo Porta Fly-half 39 years and 60 days   Scotland   Murrayfield 10/11/1990
2. Mario Ledesma Hooker 38 years and 145 days   New Zealand   Auckland 09/10/2011
3. Fairy Heatlie Number 8 38 years and 48 days   Britain XV   Flores 12/06/1910
4. Maximiliano Bustos Prop 37 years and 235 days   Italy   Rome 23/11/2013
5. Omar Hasan Prop 36 years and 181 days   France   Parc des Princes 19/10/2007
6. Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 36 years and 125 days   United States   Kumagaya 09/10/2019
7. Felipe Contepomi Centre 36 years and 46 days   Australia   Rosario 05/10/2013
8. Martín Scelzo Prop 35 years and 246 days   New Zealand   Auckland 09/10/2011
9. Rodrigo Roncero Prop 35 years and 233 days   Australia   Rosario 06/10/2012
10. Marcelo Loffreda Centre 35 years and 151 days   South Africa   Johannesburg 15/10/1994

Last updated: Argentina vs USA, 9 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

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