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History of rugby union matches between Argentina and England

The national rugby union teams of England and Argentina (Los Pumas) have been playing each other since 1978. The status of the first match is ambiguous, as Argentina awarded Test caps to its players but England did not (England sent a representative "England XV", not the 1st XV).

They have met in 24 matches recognised by both sides as Tests. The first match was on 30 May 1981 and was a 19-19 draw. The 1982 war between Britain and Argentina meant that their next encounter was not until 1990.

Including the ambiguous 1978 game, Argentina have played England 25 times with England winning 19, Argentina 4 with 2 drawn.

The rugby rivalry between England and Argentina is known for not being tense as the football rivalry between the two countries.

SummaryEdit

OverallEdit

Details Played Won by
  Argentina
Won by
  England
Drawn Argentina points England points
In Argentina 12 3 8 1 235 332
In England 9 1 8 0 101 240
Neutral venue 3 0 3 0 37 76
Overall 24 4 19 1 373 648

RecordsEdit

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was last set.

Record Argentina England
Longest winning streak 1 (13 Jun 2009) 10 (14 Nov 2009–Present)
Largest points for
Home 34 (10 June 2017) 51 (3 November 1990)
Away 25 (11 November 2006) 51 (15 June 2013)
Largest winning margin
Home 20 (7 June 1997) 51 (3 November 1990)
Away 7 (11 November 2006) 29 (8 June 2013 & 5 October 2019)

ResultsEdit

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition Attendance Ref
1 30 May 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 19 – 19   draw 1981 England rugby union tour of Argentina
2 6 June 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 6 – 12   England
3 28 July 1990 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 12 – 25   England 1990 England rugby union tour of Argentina
4 4 August 1990 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 15 – 13   Argentina
5 3 November 1990 Twickenham, London 51 – 0   England 1990 Argentina rugby union tour of British Isles
6 27 May 1995 Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa 24 – 18   England 1995 Rugby World Cup Pool Stage
7 14 December 1996 Twickenham, London 20 – 18   England 1996 Argentina rugby union tour of England
8 31 May 1997 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 20 – 46   England 1997 England rugby union tour of Argentina and Australia
9 7 June 1997 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 33 – 13   Argentina
10 25 November 2000 Twickenham, London 19 – 0   England 2000 Autumn International
11 22 June 2002 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 18 – 26   England
12 11 November 2006 Twickenham, London 18 – 25   Argentina 2006 Autumn International [1]
13 6 June 2009 Old Trafford, Manchester 37 – 15   England 2009 Summer International [2]
14 13 June 2009 Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 24 – 22   Argentina [3]
15 14 November 2009 Twickenham, London 16 – 9   England 2009 Autumn International [4]
16 10 September 2011 Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand 13 – 9   England 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool Stage
17 8 June 2013 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 3 – 32   England 2013 England rugby union tour of Argentina
18 15 June 2013 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 26 – 51   England
19 9 November 2013 Twickenham, London 31 – 12   England 2013 Autumn International [5]
20 26 November 2016 Twickenham, London 27 – 14   England 2016 Autumn International
21 10 June 2017 Estadio Bicentenario, San Juan 34 – 38   England 2017 England rugby union tour of Argentina [6]
22 17 June 2017 Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López,
Santa Fe
25 – 35   England
23 11 November 2017 Twickenham, London 21 – 8   England 2017 Autumn International
24 5 October 2019 Tokyo Stadium, Chōfu, Japan 39 – 10   England 2019 Rugby World Cup Pool Stage
25 14 November 2020 Twickenham, London 2020 Autumn International

Non-Test Match Status ResultsEdit

Below is a list of matches that Argentina has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but England did not.

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition Attendance Ref Notes
1 14 October 1978 Twickenham, London 13 – 13 draw 1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy [a]

Notable MeetingsEdit

List of seriesEdit

Details Played Won by
  Argentina
Won by
  England
Drawn
Overall 6 0 3 3
Year Argentina England Series winner
  1981 ½   England
  1990 1 1   draw
  1997 1 1   draw
    2009 1 1   draw
  2013 0 2   England
  2017 0 2   England

NotesEdit

  1. ^ Not classed as a full international by England who played as an England XV, 12 players from the XV played against the All Blacks one month later.[citation needed]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "England 18-25 Argentina". BBC Sport. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  2. ^ "England 37-15 Argentina". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "Argentina 24-22 England". BBC Sport. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ "England 16-9 Argentina". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  5. ^ "England beat Argentina at home ahead of All Blacks test". BBC Sport. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  6. ^ "England beat Argentina thanks to Denny Solomona's late try". BBC Sport. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2019.