History of rugby union matches between Argentina and Ireland
The history of rugby union matches between Argentina and Ireland is one of a very even contest. As of October 2015[update], the sides have met twenty one times with a result of twelve wins to Ireland, eight to Argentina and one drawn game, however, five of these matches were not a fully test capped match for Ireland. At the end of the 2010 Autumn Internationals there was only a nineteen-point difference in cumulative points scored. The largest winning margin of 23 points was recorded in the meeting of their 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, when Argentina won by 43 points to 20. However, Argentina have yet to beat Ireland on Irish soil, and Ireland have only won twice in Argentina. Ireland's first win against Argentina was in 1952, however it was only a capped match for Argentina. Ireland's first fully test capped match win in Argentina came in 2014.
The five matches played between 1952 and 1973 are not regarded as full internationals by Ireland, only by Argentina. In the sixteen matches since 1990 which are counted as full internationals by both sides, Argentina have won six times and Ireland ten times.
There have been four encounters at the Rugby World Cup:
- In 1999, Argentina won 28–24 in a playoff for one of the last three quarterfinal spots, both teams having come second in their respective pools.
- In 2003, Ireland beat Argentina 16–15 in a pool match.
- In 2007, Argentina beat Ireland 30–15 on their way to winning Pool D.
- In 2015, Argentina beat Ireland 43–20 in their quarterfinal encounter.
Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.
Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.
|Longest winning streak||3 (26 May 2007–22 Nov 2008)||5 (22 Nov 2008–18 Oct 2015)|
|Largest points for|
|Home||34 (3 June 2000)||46 (24 November 2012)|
|Away||43 (18 October 2015)||29 (7 June 2014)|
|Largest winning margin|
|Home||16 (2 June 2007)||22 (24 November 2012)|
|Away||23 (18 October 2015)||12 (7 June 2014)|
Below is a list of matches that Argentina has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but Ireland did not award caps.
|24 August 1952||Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires||3–3||draw||Not considered full internationals by Ireland|
|31 August 1952||Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires||0–6||Ireland|
|13 September 1970||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires||8–3||Argentina|
|20 September 1970||Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires||6–3||Argentina|
|10 November 1973||Lansdowne Road, Dublin||21–8||Ireland|