Argentina
Nickname(s)Los Pumas (The Pumas)
EmblemJaguar
UnionArgentine Rugby Union
Head coachMario Ledesma
CaptainJulián Montoya
Most capsNicolás Sánchez (92)
Top scorerNicolás Sánchez (838)
Top try scorerJosé María Núñez Piossek (30)
Home stadiumJosé Amalfitani
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current9 (as of 23 November 2021)
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

The Argentina national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Argentina) represents Argentina in men's international rugby union; it is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union (Spanish: Unión Argentina de Rugby). Nicknamed the Pumas (Los Pumas in Spanish), they play in sky blue and white jerseys. They are ranked 9th in the world by World Rugby, making them the highest-ranked nation in the Americas.

Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. Argentina has competed at every Rugby World Cup since the first tournament of 1987, and the country are considered the strongest team within the Americas, being undefeated against all but Canada, against whom they have suffered three losses.

The Pumas' impressive results since the 1999 World Cup have seen rugby's popularity in Argentina grow significantly. Argentina has achieved several upset victories, and are capable of regularly defeating Six Nations sides. In the 2007 Rugby World Cup Argentina were undefeated in their pool and reached the semi-finals for the first time; they were defeated by South Africa in the semi-finals, but followed up with a 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.[1] Argentina officially joined The Rugby Championship on 23 November 2011.[2] 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.[3] 2015 proved to be a successful year for Argentine rugby, including their first ever win over South Africa in the Rugby Championship, and they reached another semi-final at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. In the 2016 Rugby Championship, the Pumas again defeated the Springboks. Although winless during the 2017 Rugby Championship, the Pumas achieved two wins in their 2018 campaign, defeating both South Africa and Australia. On November 14, 2020, the Pumas beat New Zealand 25–15 to record their first win over the All Blacks.

History

Main article: History of the Argentina national rugby union team

The first Argentina national team ever before playing the British Lions, 12 June 1910
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 against the British Isles 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.[4]

Colours, symbol and name

The team that played the first test against the British Lions wearing the light blue and white jersey for the first time on 31 July 1927
The team that played the first test against 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 the 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.[5]

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.[6] 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.[7]

The Jaguar, native of the northeastern Argentina was chosen as the symbol of the team in 1941
The Jaguar, native of the northeastern Argentina was chosen as the symbol of the team in 1941

In 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 Argentina 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.[5]

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 (to Rhodesia, now Zimbabwe, and South 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).[8]

Kit suppliers

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

Home grounds

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.[9][10]

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.[11] 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.[12][13]

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.[14]

Los Pumas played in Ferro Carril Oeste stadium between 1970 and 1986, when Argentina moved to Vélez Sarsfield Stadium.[15] Some of the teams that visited those venues were Ireland, New Zealand, France, and Australia among others.[16][17]

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 have hosted Argentina rugby team were José M. Minella in Mar del Plata (2008), Monumental José Fierro in Tucumán (2012, 2014), Mario Kempes in Córdoba (2012), Centenario in Resistencia (2014), Padre Martearena in Salta (venue for The Rugby Championship, 2016–2019 editions),[18] Estadio del Bicentenario in San Juan –where the team played tests v England and Wales (2017–18),[19] and Estanislao López in Santa Fe (2017).

Records

Overall

See also: List of Argentina national rugby union team test match results

Argentina have won 231 of their 463 Test matches. 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.[20] 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.

On 14 November 2020, they registered their first win against New Zealand.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by an Argentina national XV at test level up until 21 November 2021.[21]

Top 20 as of 6 December 2021[22]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 090.61
2 Steady  New Zealand 088.75
3 Steady  England 087.83
4 Steady  Ireland 086.53
5 Steady  France 085.53
6 Steady  Australia 083.92
7 Steady  Scotland 083.05
8 Steady  Wales 081.56
9 Steady  Argentina 080.58
10 Steady  Japan 078.26
11 Steady  Fiji 076.62
12 Steady  Georgia 073.72
13 Steady  Samoa 073.59
14 Steady  Italy 070.51
15 Steady  Romania 067.91
16 Steady  Tonga 067.72
17 Steady  United States 066.54
18 Steady  Uruguay 066.40
19 Steady  Portugal 065.84
20 Steady  Spain 065.42
21 Steady  Canada 061.80
23 Steady  Hong Kong 061.23
23 Steady  Chile 059.88
24 Steady  Namibia 059.72
25 Steady  Russia 058.60
25 Steady  Netherlands 057.60
27 Steady  Belgium 054.86
28 Steady  Poland 053.81
29 Steady  Brazil 054.76
30 Steady  Germany 053.15
* Change from the previous week
Argentina's historical rankings
See or edit source data.
Source: World Rugby[22]
Graph updated to 6 December 2021


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Australia 36 6 27 3 16.67% 591 994 −403
 Brazil 13 13 0 0 100% 1054 47 +1007
British & Irish Lions 7 0 6 1 0% 31 236 −205
 Canada 8 6 2 0 75% 262 137 +125
 Chile 36 36 0 0 100% 1627 237 +1390
 England 24 4 19 1 16.67% 373 648 −275
 England XV 1 0 0 1 0% 13 13 +0
 Fiji 4 3 1 0 75.00% 130 96 +34
 France 53 14 38 1 26.42% 838 1295 −457
 Georgia 5 5 0 0 100.00% 186 66 +120
 Ireland 19 6 13 0 31.58% 369 460 −91
 Ireland XV 5 2 2 1 40.00% 25 36 −11
 Italy 23 17 5 1 73.91% 594 399 +195
 Japan 6 5 1 0 83.33% 259 159 +100
 Junior Springboks 5 1 4 0 20% 26 166 −140
 Namibia 3 3 0 0 100% 194 36 +158
 New Zealand 33 1 31 1 3.03% 460 1278 −818
 New Zealand XV 4 0 4 0 25% 30 80 −50
 Oxford and Cambridge 8 2 5 1 25% 48 126 −78
 Paraguay 17 17 0 0 100% 1382 65 +1317
 Peru 1 1 0 0 100% 44 0 +44
 Romania 9 9 0 0 100% 341 114 +227
 Samoa 4 1 3 0 25% 82 111 −29
 Scotland 18 9 9 0 50% 308 386 −78
 Scotland XV 3 1 2 0 33.33% 34 21 +13
 South Africa 32 3 28 1 9.38% 616 1119 −503
 South Africa Gazelles 6 2 4 0 33.33% 60 71 −11
 Spain 4 4 0 0 100% 149 75 +74
 Tonga 2 2 0 0 100% 73 28 +45
 United States 9 9 0 0 100% 294 136 +158
 Uruguay 39 39 0 0 100% 1669 396 +1273
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100% 147 7 +140
 Wales 20 6 13 1 30% 445 536 −91
 Wales XV 3 1 1 1 33.33% 37 34 +3
 World XV 2 2 0 0 100% 64 42 +22
 Zimbabwe 1 0 1 0 0% 12 17 −5
Total 464 231 219 14 49.78% 12867 9667 +3200

Rugby World Cup

Main article: Argentina at the Rugby World Cup

Rugby World Cup Qualification
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA Squad Pos Pld W D L PF PA
New Zealand Australia 1987 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 49 90 Squad Invited
England France Ireland Scotland Wales 1991 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 38 83 Squad 2nd 4 2 0 2 57 46
South Africa 1995 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 69 87 Squad P/O 5 5 0 0 184 53
Wales 1999 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 137 122 Squad 1st 3 3 0 0 161 52
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 140 57 Squad Automatically qualified
France 2007 Third Place 7 6 0 1 209 93 Squad 1st 2 2 0 0 86 13
New Zealand 2011 Quarter-finals 5 3 0 2 100 73 Squad Automatically qualified
England 2015 Fourth Place 7 4 0 3 250 143 Squad Automatically qualified
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 2 0 2 106 91 Squad Automatically qualified
France 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 Championship

Rugby Championship (2012–present)
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
P W D L PF PA PD
 New Zealand 46 41 2 5 1641 855 +786 31 199 7
 South Africa 46 22 4 22 1200 1102 +98 22 118 1
 Australia 46 23 3 22 1112 1251 −139 11 109 1
 Argentina 42 5 1 42 826 1571 −745 11 33 0
Updated: 4 October 2021
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 and Rugby Championship Table (1996–present)
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Titles
won
P W D L PF PA PD
 New Zealand 124 93 2 29 3695 2304 +1391 66 432 18
 Australia 124 53 6 65 2703 3068 −365 45 267 4
 South Africa 120 50 5 65 2680 2933 −253 46 244 4
 Argentina 52 6 3 43 882 1655 −773 11 41 0
Updated: 4 October 2021
Bonus points given by T – 4W − 2D, for T table points, W games won and D games drawn.

Wins against Tier 1 nations

Date Home Score Away Venue Status
27 October 1979 Argentina  24–13  Australia Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 July 1983 Australia  3–18  Argentina Australia Ballymore, Brisbane 1983 Tour
22 June 1985 Argentina  24–16  France Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
31 May 1986 Argentina  15–13  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
28 May 1987 Argentina  25–16  Italy New Zealand Lancaster Park, Christchurch 1987 Rugby World Cup
7 November 1987 Argentina  27–19  Australia Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
18 June 1988 Argentina  18–15  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
24 June 1989 Argentina  21–16  Italy Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
4 August 1990 Argentina  15–13  England Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 November 1992 France  20–24  Argentina France Stade Marcel Saupin, Nantes 1992 Tour
4 June 1994 Argentina  16–15  Scotland Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 1994 Scottish Series
11 June 1994 Argentina  19–17  Scotland Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires
17 October 1995 Argentina  26–6  Italy Argentina Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
7 June 1997 Argentina  33–13  England Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
8 November 1997 Argentina  18–16  Australia Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
21 August 1999 Scotland  22–31  Argentina Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh 1999 Rugby World Cup warm-up
20 October 1999 Argentina  28–24  Ireland France Stade Bollaert-Delelis, Lens 1999 Rugby World Cup
3 June 2000 Argentina  34–23  Ireland Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
14 July 2001 Argentina  38–17  Italy Argentina Estadio Arquitecto Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires Test Match
10 November 2001 Wales  16–30  Argentina Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2001 Tour
18 November 2001 Scotland  16–25  Argentina Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh
15 June 2002 Argentina  28–27  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
16 November 2002 Italy  6–38  Argentina Italy Stadio Flaminio, Rome 2002 Tour
14 June 2003 Argentina  10–6  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 2003 French Series
20 June 2003 Argentina  33–32  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
12 June 2004 Argentina  50–44  Wales Argentina Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
20 November 2004 France  14–24  Argentina France Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 2004 Tour
11 June 2005 Argentina  35–21  Italy Argentina Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
12 November 2005 Scotland  19–23  Argentina Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2005 Tour
19 November 2005 Italy  22–39  Argentina Italy Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa
11 June 2006 Argentina  27–25  Wales Argentina Estadio Raúl Conti, Puerto Madryn 2006 Welsh Series
17 June 2006 Argentina  45–27  Wales Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
11 November 2006 England  18–25  Argentina England Twickenham, London 2006 Tour
18 November 2006 Italy  16–23  Argentina Italy Stadio Flaminio, Rome
26 May 2007 Argentina  22–20  Ireland Argentina Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe 2007 Irish Series
2 June 2007 Argentina  16–0  Ireland Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires
9 June 2007 Argentina  24–6  Italy Argentina Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza Test Match
7 September 2007 France  12–17  Argentina France Stade de France, Paris 2007 Rugby World Cup
30 September 2007 Ireland  15–30  Argentina France Parc des Princes, Paris
7 October 2007 Argentina  19–13  Scotland France Stade de France, Paris
19 October 2007 France  10–34  Argentina France Parc des Princes, Paris
7 June 2008 Argentina  21–15  Scotland Argentina Estadio Gigante de Arroyito, Rosario Test Match
15 November 2008 Italy  14–22  Argentina Italy Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino, Turin 2008 Tour
13 June 2009 Argentina  24-22  England Argentina Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta Test Match
28 November 2009 Scotland  6–9  Argentina Scotland Murrayfield, Edinburgh 2009 Tour
26 June 2010 Argentina  41–13  France Argentina Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires Test Match
13 November 2010 Italy  16–22  Argentina Italy Stadio Marc'Antonio Bentegodi, Verona 2010 Tour
25 September 2011 Argentina  13–12  Scotland New Zealand Wellington Regional Stadium, Wellington 2011 Rugby World Cup
9 June 2012 Argentina  37–22  Italy Argentina Estadio San Juan del Bicentenario, San Juan Test Match
16 June 2012 Argentina  23–20  France Argentina Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba Test Match
10 November 2012 Wales  12–26  Argentina Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2012 Tour
23 November 2013 Italy  14–19  Argentina Italy Stadio Olimpico, Rome 2013 Tour
4 October 2014 Argentina  27–19  Australia Argentina Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2014 Rugby Championship
15 November 2014 Italy  18–20  Argentina Italy Stadio Luigi Ferraris, Genoa 2014 Tour
22 November 2014 France  13–18  Argentina France Stade de France, Paris
8 August 2015 South Africa  25–37  Argentina South Africa Kings Park Stadium, Durban 2015 Rugby Championship
18 October 2015 Ireland  20–43  Argentina Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2015 Rugby World Cup
11 June 2016 Argentina  30–24  Italy Argentina Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe Test Match
19 June 2016 Argentina  30–19  France Argentina Estadio Monumental José Fierro, Tucumán Test Match
27 August 2016 Argentina  26–24  South Africa Argentina Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 2016 Rugby Championship
18 November 2017 Italy  15–31  Argentina Italy Stadio Artemio Franchi, Florence 2017 Tour
25 August 2018 Argentina  32–19  South Africa Argentina Estadio Malvinas Argentinas, Mendoza 2018 Rugby Championship
15 September 2018 Australia  19–23  Argentina Australia Robina Stadium, Gold Coast
14 November 2020 New Zealand  15–25  Argentina Australia Bankwest Stadium, Sydney 2020 Tri Nations Series
17 July 2021 Wales  11–33  Argentina Wales Millennium Stadium, Cardiff 2021 July rugby union tests
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
 New Zealand 0 0 1
 Scotland 3 4 2
 South Africa 2 1 0
 Wales 3 3 0
Total 34 24 7

Players

Current squad

On 21 October, an announced a 32-man roster for the 2021 end-of-year rugby union internationals was announced.[23]

On 27 October, Matías Alemanno, Rodrigo Bruni, Facundo Gigena and Juan Cruz Mallía withdrew from the squad due to injury, and were replaced by Santiago Cordero, Rodrigo Martínez, Joaquín Oviedo and Lucas Paulos.[24]

On 7 November, Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro withdrew from the squad due to injury, and was replaced by Ignacio Calles.[25]

Head Coach: Argentina Mario Ledesma

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

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 30) 11 France La Rochelle
Julián Montoya (c) Hooker (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 28) 74 England Leicester Tigers
Ignacio Ruiz Hooker (2001-01-03) 3 January 2001 (age 21) 0 Argentina Jaguares XV
Eduardo Bello Prop (1995-11-27) 27 November 1995 (age 26) 1 Italy Zebre Parma
Ignacio Calles Prop (1995-10-24) 24 October 1995 (age 26) 1 France Pau
Thomas Gallo Prop (1999-04-30) 30 April 1999 (age 22) 3 Italy Benetton
Francisco Gómez Kodela Prop (1985-07-07) 7 July 1985 (age 36) 20 France Lyon
Rodrigo Martínez Prop (1998-07-07) 7 July 1998 (age 23) 3 Paraguay Olímpia Lions
Santiago Medrano Prop (1996-05-06) 6 May 1996 (age 25) 31 Australia Western Force
Marcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 24) 43 France Stade Français
Tomás Lavanini Lock (1993-01-22) 22 January 1993 (age 28) 67 France Clermont
Lucas Paulos Lock (1998-01-09) 9 January 1998 (age 24) 4 France Brive
Guido Petti Lock (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 27) 65 France Bordeaux
Juan Martín González Back row (2000-11-14) 14 November 2000 (age 21) 8 England London Irish
Santiago Grondona Back row (1998-07-25) 25 July 1998 (age 23) 5 England Exeter Chiefs
Facundo Isa Back row (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 28) 36 France Toulon
Pablo Matera Back row (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 28) 79 New Zealand Crusaders
Joaquín Oviedo Back row (2001-07-17) 17 July 2001 (age 20) 1 France Perpignan
Gonzalo Bertranou Scrum-half (1993-12-31) 31 December 1993 (age 28) 36 Wales Dragons
Tomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 32) 81 France Biarritz
Gonzalo García Scrum-half (1999-03-05) 5 March 1999 (age 22) 3 Italy Valorugby Emilia
Santiago Carreras Fly-half (1998-03-30) 30 March 1998 (age 23) 18 England Gloucester
Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 33) 92 France Stade Français
Lucio Cinti Centre (2000-02-23) 23 February 2000 (age 21) 6 England London Irish
Jerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 30) 64 France Perpignan
Lucas Mensa Centre (1996-05-24) 24 May 1996 (age 25) 3 France Mont-de-Marsan
Matías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 30) 56 England Leicester Tigers
Emiliano Boffelli Wing (1995-01-16) 16 January 1995 (age 27) 37 Scotland Edinburgh
Mateo Carreras Wing (1999-12-17) 17 December 1999 (age 22) 4 England Newcastle Falcons
Facundo Cordero Wing (1998-07-31) 31 July 1998 (age 23) 0 England Exeter Chiefs
Bautista Delguy Wing (1997-04-22) 22 April 1997 (age 24) 22 France Perpignan
Santiago Cordero Fullback (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 28) 44 France Bordeaux

Coaches

Coaches:[26]

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]

Player records (career)

Most matches

Agustín Creevy is second as player with most matches (89)
Agustín Creevy is second as player with most matches (89)
# Player Pos Years Mat Start Sub Won Lost Draw %
1 Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010- 93 82 11 27 63 3 28.91
2 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2005-2019 89 59 30 26 63 0 29.21
3 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
5 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
7 Martin Landajo Scrum-half 2008-2018 84 58 26 27 56 1 32.73
Mario Ledesma Hooker 1996-2011 84 67 17 42 41 1 50.59
9 Tomas Cubelli Scrum-half 2010- 82 38 44 30 51 1 35.52
10 Pablo Matera Flanker 2013- 80 75 5 22 56 2 28.57

Last updated: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

Juan Imhoff is the player who scored more tries in the history of Rugby World Cup for Argentina (7)
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 2012-2019 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- 37 27 10 80 16
Manuel Montero Wing 2012-2017 27 22 5 80 16

Last updated: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

Nicolás Sánchez, all-time top scorer for Argentina (835)[29][30]
Nicolás Sánchez, all-time top scorer for Argentina (835)[29][30]
# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Nicolás Sánchez [29] Fly-half 2010- 93 82 11 838 13 115 169 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: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2014-2018 51 14 37 0 27.45 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 Pablo Matera Flanker 2018-2020 14 3 10 1 25.00 5 1
10 Sebastián Salvat Centre 1995 13 7 6 0 53.84 35 7

Last updated: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Player records (match)

Most points in a match

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

Last updated: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match

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

Last updated: Ireland vs Argentina, 21 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Six Nations would be magnificent seven with us, pleads Pichot", Western Mail, 19 June 2006.
  2. ^ Deges, Frankie. "Argentina is now part of Rugby Championship". Buenos Aires Herald. Retrieved 23 November 2011.
  3. ^ "Wallabies defeated 21–17 by Argentina". The Australian. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014.
  4. ^ Argentina is now part of Rugby Championship by Frankie Deges, The Buenos Aires Herald, 23 November 2011
  5. ^ a b "La pasión cumple 100 años", La Nación, 10 April 1999
  6. ^ "El pase del verano: Los Pumas dejan Adidas para vestirse con Nike", El Cronista, 27 November 2011
  7. ^ "Nike presenta su camiseta de Los Pumas", Prematch website
  8. ^ Davies, Sean (26 July 2007). "Puma power: Argentinian rugby". bbc.co.uk. Retrieved 8 October 2007.
  9. ^ "Lions": Los viajes olvidados by Ricardo Sabanes, 16 May 2017
  10. ^ "El centenario del debut", Clarín, 13 June 2010
  11. ^ "Argentina at ground: GEBA", ESPN Scrum.com
  12. ^ "El club de rugby más antiguo de la Argentina" at Rugbytime.com Archived 12 January 2014 at the Wayback Machine, 19 September 2008
  13. ^ "Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club" at Centro de Documentación, Investigación y Referencia Histórica-Deportiva, June 2009
  14. ^ "Adiós a un escenario de triunfos históricos", Clarín, 4 December 2005
  15. ^ Memoria y Balance 1970 on UAR
  16. ^ "El historial de los Pumas contra los grandes: los All Blacks, el único al que no le pudieron ganar", Cancha Llena, 8 August 2015
  17. ^ "El historial de Los Pumas ante Australia, la tercera potencia", Infobae, 18 October 2015
  18. ^ SPRINGBOKS THRASH ARGENTINA TO CLINCH RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP CROWN on Super Rugby, 11 Aug 2019
  19. ^ "ARGENTINA TESTS ANNOUNCED - JUNE 2018". 30 January 2018. Retrieved 1 February 2018.
  20. ^ Ranking archives can be found at the IRB website; www.irb.com
  21. ^ Argentina statistics Archived 13 December 2014 at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 6 December 2021.
  23. ^ "Argentina roster named for November with changes". Americas Rugby News. 21 October 2021. Retrieved 21 October 2021.
  24. ^ "Argentina lose Alemanno, Bruni, Gigena and Mallía for November tour". Americas Rugby News. 27 October 2021. Retrieved 27 October 2021.
  25. ^ "Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro out, Ignacio Calles in for Argentina". Americas Rugby News. 7 November 2021. Retrieved 8 November 2021.
  26. ^ (in Spanish) UAR. Entrenadores de Los Pumas de todos los Tiempos Archived 28 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  27. ^ a b Iribarren, Ezequiel (21 February 2008). "Le buscaron pareja" (in Spanish). Clarín. Archived from the original on 28 February 2008. Retrieved 22 February 2008.
  28. ^ "Daniel Hourcade, nuevo Head Coach de Los Pumas". Archived from the original on 1 November 2013.
  29. ^ a b Player profile on ESPN
  30. ^ Histórico: Todos Pumas on Olé, 14 Nov 2020