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 Falklands 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 the two countries is not known for being as intense as their football rivalry.

Summary

Overall

Details Played Won by
Argentina
Won by
England
Drawn Argentina points England points
In Argentina 12 3 8 1 235 332
In England 10 2 8 0 131 269
Neutral venue 3 0 3 0 37 76
Overall 24 4 19 1 373 648

Records

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

Record Argentina England
Longest winning streak 1 (7 Jun 1997 – 25 Nov 2000) 10 (14 Nov 2009 – 6 Nov 2022)
Largest points for
Home 34 (10 Jun 2017) 51 (3 Nov 1990)
Away 30 (6 Nov 2022) 51 (15 Jun 2013)
Largest winning margin
Home 20 (7 Jun 1997) 51 (3 Nov 1990)
Away 7 (11 Nov 2006) 29 (8 Jun 2013; 5 Oct 2019)

Results

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition Ref
1 30 May 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 19–19   draw 1981 England tour of Argentina
2 6 June 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 6–12  England
3 28 July 1990 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 12–25  England 1990 England 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 tour of Great Britain and Ireland
6 27 May 1995 Kings Park Stadium, Durban (South Africa) 24–18  England 1995 Rugby World Cup Pool match
7 14 December 1996 Twickenham, London 20–18  England 1996 Argentina tour of England
8 31 May 1997 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 20–46  England 1997 England 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 2002 England tour of Argentina [1]
12 11 November 2006 Twickenham, London 18–25  Argentina 2006 Autumn International [2]
13 6 June 2009 Old Trafford, Manchester 37–15  England 2009 Summer International [3]
14 13 June 2009 Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 24–22  Argentina [4]
15 14 November 2009 Twickenham, London 16–9  England 2009 Autumn International [5]
16 10 September 2011 Otago Stadium, Dunedin (New Zealand) 13–9  England 2011 Rugby World Cup Pool match
17 8 June 2013 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 3–32  England 2013 England 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 [6]
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 tour of Argentina [7]
22 17 June 2017 Estadio Estanislao López, Santa Fe 25–35  England [8]
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 match
25 6 November 2022 Twickenham, London 29–30  Argentina 2022 Autumn International
26 9 September 2023 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille (France) 2023 Rugby World Cup Pool match

Non-test results

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 Ref
1 14 October 1978[a] Twickenham, London 13–13 draw 1978 Argentina tour of Great Britain, Ireland and Italy

List of series

Played Won by
Argentina
Won by
England
Drawn
7 0 4 3
Year Argentina England Series winner
1981 0 1  England
1990 1 1   draw
1997 1 1   draw
2002 0 1  England
2009 1 1   draw
2013 0 2  England
2017 0 2  England

Notes

  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]

References

  1. ^ "England Tour – Buenos Aires, 22 June 2002". ESPNscrum. ESPN.
  2. ^ "England 18-25 Argentina". BBC Sport. 11 November 2006. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  3. ^ "England 37-15 Argentina". BBC Sport. 6 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  4. ^ "Argentina 24–22 England". BBC Sport. 13 June 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  5. ^ "England 16-9 Argentina". BBC Sport. 14 November 2009. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  6. ^ "England beat Argentina at home ahead of All Blacks test". BBC Sport. 9 November 2013. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  7. ^ "England beat Argentina thanks to Denny Solomona's late try". BBC Sport. 10 June 2017. Retrieved 20 October 2019.
  8. ^ Laybourn, Ian (17 June 2017). "England beat Argentina to complete 2-0 rugby Test series victory in eighth successive win over the Pumas". The Independent.