1952 Ireland rugby union tour of South America
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The 1952 Ireland rugby union tour of South America, was a series of rugby matches played in Chile and Argentina. This tour by the Ireland national rugby union team coincided with the death of Eva Peron, the wife of Juan Peron, the President of Argentina. As a result, it was almost cancelled. Eva Peron died on 26 July, six days after the Irish squad had departed Dublin. However, after playing their first game in Santiago, Chile, the team travelled onto Buenos Aires and completed the tour as planned.[1]

They finished with a record of played 9, won 6, drew 2 and 1 defeat. The tour also featured the first full rugby internationals between Ireland and Argentina.[2][3]

Touring party

Match details

9 August
Chile  0–30  Ireland

12 August
Capital 6–12 Ireland

15 August
Club Pucará 11–6 Ireland

17 August
Provincia 6–6 Ireland

21 August
Argentina A 3–19 Ireland

First test

24 August
Argentina  3–3  Ireland
Try: Fernandez del Casal
Try: O'Meara
Gimnasia y Esgrima, Buenos Aires
Referee: Ossie Glassgow (Ireland)

28 August
Argentina B 3–25 Ireland

Second test

31 August
Argentina  0–6  Ireland
Pen: Dargan, Hillary

3 September 1952
Universitario B.A. 11–19 Ireland


  1. ^ Memoria y Balance 1952 on UAR website
  2. ^ The Ireland Rugby Miscellany (2007): Ciaran Cronin
  3. ^ www.irishrugby.ie