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Argentina national rugby union team

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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
EmblemJaguar
UnionArgentine Rugby Union
Head coachMario Ledesma
CaptainPablo Matera
Most capsFelipe Contepomi (87)[1][2][3]
Top scorerNicolás Sánchez (655)[4][5][6]
Top try scorerJosé María Núñez Piossek (30)
Home stadiumJosé Amalfitani
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current9 (as of 6 February 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
Appearances8 (First in 1987)
Best resultThird place, 2007
Websitewww.lospumas.com.ar

Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. As of 12 July 2017 they are ranked 9th 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 soccer, 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 November 23, 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 August 27, 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.

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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 will 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

 
Ferro Carril Oeste was a frequent venue in the 1970s and 1980s.

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.

RecordsEdit

OverallEdit

Argentina have won 229 of their 441 Test matches, a win record of 52.05%. 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.[23] 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 6 October 2018.[24]

Top 30 rankings as of 8 July 2019[25]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     New Zealand 092.54
2     Wales 089.96
3     Ireland 088.69
4     England 086.27
5     South Africa 084.58
6     Australia 082.40
7     Scotland 080.17
8     France 079.42
9     Fiji 077.95
10     Argentina 077.05
11     Japan 075.24
12     Georgia 074.42
13     Tonga 073.02
14     Italy 072.04
15     United States 071.71
16     Samoa 068.78
17     Spain 068.15
18     Romania 066.69
19     Uruguay 065.18
20     Russia 064.81
21     Canada 061.36
22     Portugal 061.33
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Hong Kong 059.64
25     Netherlands 058.46
26     Brazil 057.84
27     Belgium 057.35
28     Germany 054.96
29     Chile 054.56
30      Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week
Argentina's historical rankings
 
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 7 January 2019[25]


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Australia 31 6 24 1 19.35% 525 888 -363
  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 38 38 0 0 100.00% 1803 255 +1548
  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 50 14 35 1 28.00% 784 1215 -431
  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 28 0 27 1 0.00% 406 1130 -724
  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 17 9 8 0 52.94% 299 372 -73
  Scotland XV 3 1 2 0 33.33% 34 21 +13
  South Africa 28 3 24 1 10.71% 563 988 -425
 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 40 40 0 0 100.00% 1720 413 +1307
  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 441 229 202 10 51.93% 12623 8963 +3664

Rugby World CupEdit

Year Round Position Played Won Drew Lost Pts For Against
   1987 (16) Pool Stage 13th 3 1 0 2 49 90
    1991 (16) Pool Stage 14th 3 0 0 3 38 83
  1995 (16) Pool Stage 13th 3 0 0 3 69 87
  1999 (20) Quarter Final 8th 5 3 0 2 137 122
  2003 (20) Pool Stage 9th 4 2 0 2 140 57
  2007 (20) Third place 3rd 7 6 0 1 209 93
  2011 (20) Quarter Final 8th 5 3 0 2 100 73
  2015 (20) Fourth place 4th 7 4 0 3 250 143
  2019 (20)
Total 37 19 18 992 748

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 39 35 1 3 1361 672 +689 26 168 6
  Australia 39 17 3 19 872 1017 −145 8 83 1
  South Africa 39 17 3 19 951 928 +23 17 91 0
  Argentina 39 5 1 33 727 1294 −567 9 31 0

Updated: 7 October 2018
Source: espnscrum.com

PlayersEdit

Current squadEdit

On 46-man extended squad for the 2019 Rugby Championship and in preparation for the 2019 Rugby World Cup.

Head Coach:   Mario Ledesma

  • Caps Updated: 20 July 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) 83   Jaguares
Julián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 25) 51   Jaguares
Santiago Socino Hooker (1992-05-07) 7 May 1992 (age 27) 0   Jaguares
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Prop (1989-06-11) 11 June 1989 (age 30) 50   Jaguares
Javier Díaz Prop (1995-07-26) 26 July 1995 (age 23) 3   Jaguares
Juan Figallo Prop (1988-03-25) 25 March 1988 (age 31) 26   Saracens
Santiago García Botta Prop (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 27) 33   Harlequins
Ramiro Herrera Prop (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 30) 39   Stade Français
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06) 6 May 1996 (age 23) 11   Jaguares
Enrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15) 15 December 1994 (age 24) 23   Jaguares
Lucio Sordoni Prop (1998-07-23) 23 July 1998 (age 20) 2   Jaguares
Mayco Vivas Prop (1998-06-02) 2 June 1998 (age 21) 0   Jaguares
Juan Pablo Zeiss Prop (1989-08-02) 2 August 1989 (age 29) 6   Jaguares
Matías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 27) 53   Jaguares
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 26) 50   Leicester Tigers
Guido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 24) 45   Jaguares
Lucas Paulos Lock (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 21) 0   Jaguares
Rodrigo Bruni Loose forward (1993-09-03) 3 September 1993 (age 25) 3   San Luis
Facundo Isa Loose forward (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 25) 25   Toulon
Marcos Kremer Loose forward (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 21) 21   Jaguares
Juan Manuel Leguizamón Loose forward (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 36) 85   Jaguares
Tomás Lezana Loose forward (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 25) 30   Jaguares
Pablo Matera (c) Loose forward (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 26) 58   Stade Français
Javier Ortega Desio Loose forward (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 29) 51   Jaguares
Gonzalo Bertranou Scrum-half (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 25) 19   Jaguares
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 30) 69   Jaguares
Felipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-05-15) 15 May 1993 (age 26) 2   Jaguares
Martín Landajo Scrum-half (1988-06-14) 14 June 1988 (age 31) 84   Harlequins
Joaquín Díaz Bonilla Fly-half (1989-04-12) 12 April 1989 (age 30) 1   Jaguares
Domingo Miotti Fly-half (1996-05-22) 22 May 1996 (age 23) 0   Jaguares
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 30) 74   Stade Français
Benjamín Urdapilleta Fly-half (1986-03-11) 11 March 1986 (age 33) 10   Castres Olympique
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 28) 46   Jaguares
Bautista Ezcurra Centre (1995-04-21) 21 April 1995 (age 24) 5   Jaguares
Santiago Gonzalez Iglesias Centre (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 31) 43   Jaguares
Juan Cruz Mallia Centre (1996-09-11) 11 September 1996 (age 22) 4   Jaguares
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 28) 40   Jaguares
Lucas Mensa Centre (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 23) 0   Pucará
Matías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 27) 39   Jaguares
Emiliano Boffelli Wing (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 24) 23   Jaguares
Sebastián Cancelliere Wing (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 25) 9   Jaguares
Santiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 25) 33   Union Bordeaux Bègles
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 22) 11   Jaguares
Manuel Montero Wing (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 27) 27   Pucará
Ramiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 29) 30   Jaguares
Santiago Carreras Fullback (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 21) 0   Jaguares
Joaquín Tuculet Fullback (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 29) 51   Jaguares

CoachesEdit

Coaches:[26]

  • 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.
  • 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[27]
  • 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.[27] 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.[28]

Individual all-time recordsEdit

Most matchesEdit

# Player Pos Years Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998-2013 87 75 12 42 45 0 48.27
2 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
4 Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 2005- 85 63 22 33 52 0 38.82
5 Agustin Creevy Hooker 2005- 84 57 27 24 60 0 28.91
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 Pedro Sporleder Lock 1990-2003 78 72 6 41 36 1 53.20
9 Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010- 75 69 6 20 54 1 27.70
10 Juan Martin Hernandez Fly-half 2003-2017 74 66 8 33 41 0 44.59

Last updated: Argentina vs New Zealand, 20 July 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 Juan Imhoff Wing 2009-2015 35 25 10 105 21
5 Rolando Martín Flanker 1994-2003 86 77 9 90 18
Facundo Soler Wing 1996-2002 25 23 2 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
Manuel Montero Wing 2012- 27 22 5 80 16
Joaquin Tuculet Fullback 2012- 52 48 4 80 16

Last updated: Argentina vs New Zealand, 20 July 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- 75 69 6 717 11 100 142 12
2 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998–2013 87 75 12 651 16 74 139 2
3 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1971–90 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 1987–97 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 2001–08 28 26 2 145 29 0 0 0

Last updated: Argentina vs New Zealand, 20 July 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 1977–90 38 15 18 5 46.05 435 2
4 Agustín Pichot Scrum-half 2000–07 30 18 12 0 60.00 5 1
5 Felipe Contepomi Centre 2007–13 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 1996–99 20 9 10 1 47.50 20 4
8 Héctor Silva Flanker 1967–71 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 1989–94 12 7 5 0 58.33 9 2

Last updated: Argentina vs New Zealand, 20 July 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 New Zealand, 20 July 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 New Zealand, 20 July 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 New Zealand, 20 July 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. Felipe Contepomi Centre 36 years and 46 days   Australia   Rosario 05/10/2013
7. Martín Scelzo Prop 35 years and 246 days   New Zealand   Auckland 09/10/2011
8. Rodrigo Roncero Prop 35 years and 233 days   Australia   Rosario 06/10/2012
9. Marcelo Loffreda Centre 35 years and 151 days   South Africa   Johannesburg 15/10/1994
10. Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 35 years and 122 days   Australia   Salta 06/10/2018

Last updated: Argentina vs New Zealand, 20 July 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

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ReferencesEdit

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  23. ^ Ranking archives can be found at the IRB website; www.irb.com
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