Argentina national rugby union team

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Argentina
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Los Pumas
Emblem Yaguarete
Union Unión Argentina de Rugby
Head coach Daniel Hourcade
Captain Agustín Creevy
Most caps Felipe Contepomi (87) [1][2][3]
Top scorer Felipe Contepomi (651) [4][5][6]
Top try scorer José María Núñez Piossek (30)
Home stadium Estadio José Amalfitani
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 9 (as of 21 November 2016)
Highest 3 (2008)
Lowest 12 (2014)
First international
Argentina 3–28 British Isles
(12 June 1910)
Biggest win
Argentina 152–0 Paraguay
(1 May 2002)
Biggest defeat
New Zealand 93–8 Argentina
(21 June 1997)
World Cup
Appearances 8 (First in 1987)
Best result Third place, 2007
Website www.uar.com.ar

The Argentina national rugby team, officially nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR, from the Spanish: Unión Argentina de Rugby).

Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. As of November 2015 they are ranked 5th 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 inaugural tournament of 1987, and the country may be considered the strongest within the Americas in all-time World Cup competition, undefeated against all but Canada, against whom they have suffered three losses.

Although rugby union is nowhere near as popular as football in Argentina, Los 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 fully 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.

In March 2008 the team reached an all-time high of third in the IRB 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] have 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 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.

History[edit]

The team that played British Lions when they toured on Argentina in 1927.

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, being their best performance the 3rd. 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 name[edit]

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

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 in a striped white and light blue jersey. That request was accepted and Argentina wore the striped uniform for the first time in its history.[11]

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 evolution[edit]

1910–27 1
1910–27 1
1927–present
2012–15
Notes:
  • 1 The team alternated white and blue jerseys during that period.

Kit suppliers[edit]

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

Home grounds[edit]

Ferro Carril Oeste was a frecquent 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 Estadio José Amalfitani, home of Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield and sited in Buenos Aires. When Great Britain first came to Argentina in the 1910 tour, the national team played at Polo Ground of Flores among other stadiums.[15]

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 frecquent 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.[16] On the other side, the Buenos Aires Cricket was also used for a large number of matches until 1948 when it was destroyed by the fire in 1948.[17][18]

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.[19]

Los Pumas played in Ferro Carril Oeste stadium during the 1970s and 1980s, where Argentina played Ireland, New Zealand, France and Australia among others.[20][21]

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.

Record[edit]

Overall[edit]

Argentina have won 223 of their 417 Test matches, a win record of 53.61%. 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.[22] 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 31 against Uruguay, 28 against Chile, 16 against Paraguay and 11 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 26 November 2016.[23]

Top 30 rankings as of 21 November 2016[24]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 94.78
2 Steady  England 89.84
3 Steady  Australia 88.14
4 Increase1  Ireland 83.46
5 Decrease1  South Africa 82.49
6 Steady  Wales 81.77
7 Increase2  Scotland 80.57
8 Decrease1  France 80.13
9 Decrease1  Argentina 79.91
10 Steady  Fiji 75.49
11 Steady  Japan 75.20
12 Steady  Georgia 74.24
13 Steady  Italy 74.23
14 Steady  Samoa 70.91
15 Steady  Tonga 70.25
16 Steady  Romania 69.36
17 Steady  United States 64.66
18 Steady  Canada 64.29
19 Increase2  Russia 63.25
20 Decrease1  Namibia 62.78
21 Decrease1  Uruguay 60.66
22 Increase2  Spain 60.17
23 Decrease1  Kenya 59.28
24 Decrease1  Germany 58.99
25 Increase3  Portugal 56.88
26 Steady  Belgium 56.87
27 Decrease2  Hong Kong 56.50
28 Increase2  South Korea 55.50
29 Decrease2  Chile 55.08
30 Decrease1  Netherlands 54.93
*Change from the previous week
Argentina's historical rankings
Argentina IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 14 November 2015[24]


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Australia 27 5 21 1 18.52% 428 742 -314
 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 37 37 0 0 100.00% 1716 243 +1473
 England 20 4 15 1 20.00% 296 515 -219
 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 4 4 0 0 100.00% 141 37 +104
 Ireland 16 6 10 0 37.50% 330 351 -21
 Ireland XV 5 2 2 1 40.00% 25 36 -11
 Italy 21 15 5 1 71.43% 526 368 +158
 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 24 0 23 1 0.00% 333 974 -641
 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 16 9 7 0 56.25% 284 328 -44
 Scotland XV 3 1 2 0 33.33% 34 21 +13
 South Africa 24 2 21 1 8.33% 472 857 -385
 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% 1702 405 +1297
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 147 7 +140
 Wales 16 5 11 0 31.25% 370 452 -82
 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 417 223 184 10 53.47% 12045 8219 +3826

Rugby World Cup[edit]

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

The Rugby Championship[edit]

Rugby Championship (2012– )
Nation Games Points Bonus
points
Table
points
Championships
played won drawn lost for against diff
 New Zealand 27 24 1 2 890 421 +469 17 115 4
 Australia 27 13 1 13 553 662 −109 5 59 1
 South Africa 27 12 1 14 639 604 +35 12 62 0
 Argentina 27 3 1 23 466 861 −395 9 23 0

Updated: 10 October 2016
Source: espnscrum.com

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

On 20 October 2016, Argentina named a 31-man squad ahead of their 2016 November tests against Japan (5 November), Wales (12 November), Scotland (19 November) and England (26 November).

On 14 November, Juan Pablo Estelles joined the squad in Scotland as injury cover for the backs. Estelles from Northampton Saints becomes the first European based player in 2016 to be selected for the national side.[25]

Head Coach: Argentina Daniel Hourcade

  • Caps Updated: 26 November 2016

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Bosch, FacundoFacundo Bosch Hooker (1991-08-08) 8 August 1991 (age 25) 2 Argentina CUBA
Creevy, AgustínAgustín Creevy (c) Hooker (1985-03-15) 15 March 1985 (age 31) 59 Argentina Jaguares
Montoya, JuliánJulián Montoya Hooker (1993-10-29) 29 October 1993 (age 23) 29 Argentina Jaguares
García Botta, SantiagoSantiago García Botta Prop (1992-06-19) 19 June 1992 (age 24) 14 Argentina Jaguares
Gigena, FacundoFacundo Gigena Prop (1994-09-15) 15 September 1994 (age 22) 1 Argentina Tala
Herrera, RamiroRamiro Herrera Prop (1989-02-14) 14 February 1989 (age 27) 32 Argentina Jaguares
Noguera Paz, LucasLucas Noguera Paz Prop (1993-10-05) 5 October 1993 (age 23) 31 Argentina Jaguares
Pieretto, EnriqueEnrique Pieretto Prop (1994-12-15) 15 December 1994 (age 21) 12 Argentina Córdoba
Alemanno, MatíasMatías Alemanno Lock (1991-12-05) 5 December 1991 (age 24) 31 Argentina Jaguares
Kremer, MarcosMarcos Kremer Lock (1997-07-30) 30 July 1997 (age 19) 3 Argentina Atlético del Rosario
Pagadizábal, Guido PettiGuido Petti Pagadizábal Lock (1994-11-17) 17 November 1994 (age 22) 24 Argentina Jaguares
Leguizamón, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Leguizamón Flanker (1983-06-06) 6 June 1983 (age 33) 75 Argentina Jaguares
Lezana, TomásTomás Lezana Flanker (1994-02-16) 16 February 1994 (age 22) 11 Argentina Jaguares
Matera, PabloPablo Matera Flanker (1993-07-18) 18 July 1993 (age 23) 34 Argentina Jaguares
Ortega Desio, JavierJavier Ortega Desio Flanker (1990-06-14) 14 June 1990 (age 26) 32 Argentina Jaguares
Isa, FacundoFacundo Isa Number 8 (1993-09-21) 21 September 1993 (age 23) 25 Argentina Jaguares
Senatore, LeonardoLeonardo Senatore Number 8 (1984-05-13) 13 May 1984 (age 32) 44 Argentina Jaguares
Cubelli, TomásTomás Cubelli Scrum-half (1989-06-12) 12 June 1989 (age 27) 58 Australia Brumbies
Ezcurra, FelipeFelipe Ezcurra Scrum-half (1993-04-15) 15 April 1993 (age 23) 3 Argentina Jaguares
Landajo, MartínMartín Landajo Scrum-half (1988-06-14) 14 June 1988 (age 28) 66 Argentina Jaguares
González Iglesias, SantiagoSantiago González Iglesias Fly-half (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 28) 31 Argentina Jaguares
Sánchez, NicolásNicolás Sánchez Fly-half (1988-10-26) 26 October 1988 (age 28) 50 Argentina Jaguares
Ascárate, GabrielGabriel Ascárate Centre (1987-10-20) 20 October 1987 (age 29) 19 Argentina Jaguares
de la Fuente, JerónimoJerónimo de la Fuente Centre (1991-02-24) 24 February 1991 (age 25) 27 Argentina Jaguares
Estelles, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Estelles Centre (1988-05-05) 5 May 1988 (age 28) 3 England Northampton Saints
Hernández, Juan MartínJuan Martín Hernández Centre (1982-08-07) 7 August 1982 (age 34) 66 Argentina Jaguares
Moroni, MatíasMatías Moroni Centre (1991-03-29) 29 March 1991 (age 25) 19 Argentina Jaguares
Orlando, MatíasMatías Orlando Centre (1991-11-14) 14 November 1991 (age 25) 21 Argentina Jaguares
Cordero, SantiagoSantiago Cordero Wing (1993-12-06) 6 December 1993 (age 22) 30 Argentina Jaguares
Montero, ManuelManuel Montero Wing (1991-11-20) 20 November 1991 (age 25) 26 Argentina Jaguares
Moyano, RamiroRamiro Moyano Wing (1990-05-28) 28 May 1990 (age 26) 12 Argentina Jaguares
Tuculet, JoaquínJoaquín Tuculet Fullback (1989-08-08) 8 August 1989 (age 27) 40 Argentina Jaguares

Coaches[edit]

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–: Daniel Hourcade

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 records[edit]

Most matches[edit]

# 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 Mario Ledesma Hooker 1996–2011 84 67 17 42 41 1 50.59
5 Pedro Sporleder Lock 1990–2003 78 72 6 41 36 1 53.20
6 Federico Méndez Hooker 1990–2004 73 67 6 33 40 0 45.20
7 Agustín Pichot Scrum-half 1995–2007 71 69 2 34 36 1 48.59
Juan M. Fernández Lobbe Flanker 2004–2015 71 69 2 30 40 1 42.95
9 Juan Manuel Leguizamon Flanker 2005– 67 55 12 29 38 0 43.28
10 3 players on 65 matches

Last updated: Argentina vs France, 19 June 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[29]

Most tries[edit]

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 2001–08 28 26 2 145 29
2 Diego Cuesta Silva Centre 1983–95 63 63 0 125 28
3 Gustavo Jorge Wing 1989–94 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 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1990–2005 86 83 3 188 17
Hernán Senillosa Wing 2002–07 33 22 11 128 17
9 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998–2013 87 75 12 651 16
Manuel Montero Wing 2012– 23 19 4 80 16
11 7 players on 14 tries

Last updated: Argentina vs France, 19 June 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[29]

Most points[edit]

Argentina's all-time leading points scorer Felipe Contepomi (651).
# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Felipe Contepomi Centre 1998–2013 87 75 12 651 16 74 139 2
2 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1971–90 58 58 0 590 11 84 101 26
3 Gonzalo Quesada Fly-half 1996–2003 38 30 8 486 4 68 103 7
4 Nicolás Sánchez Fly-half 2010- 41 37 4 391 3 44 86 10
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 Fernández Miranda Fly-half 1997–2007 29 17 12 158 5 41 12 5
9 Juan Martín Hernández Fly-half 2003- 58 56 2 149 7 15 20 8
10 José Núñez Piossek Wing 2001–08 28 26 2 145 29 0 0 0

Last updated: Argentina vs France, 19 June 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Lisandro Arbizu Centre 1992–2003 48 28 20 0 58.33 87 10
2 Hugo Porta Fly-half 1977–90 38 15 18 5 46.05 435 2
3 Agustín Pichot Scrum-half 2000–07 30 18 12 0 60.00 5 1
4 Felipe Contepomi Centre 2007–13 25 10 15 0 40.00 232 5
5 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
7 Agustín Creevy Hooker 2014- 19 8 11 0 42.10 10 2
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 France, 19 June 2016. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

Most points in a match[edit]

# 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: Sudafrica vs Argentina, 31 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

Most tries in a match[edit]

# 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: Sudafrica vs Argentina, 31 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

Youngest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Gustavo Jorge Wing 17 years and 349 days  Brazil Uruguay Montevideo 08/10/1989
2. Federico Méndez Prop 18 years and 86 days  Ireland Republic of Ireland Lansdowne Road 27/10/1990
3. Patricio Fernández Fly-half 18 years and 202 days  Chile Uruguay Montevideo 01/05/2013
4. Alejandro Iachetti Lock 18 years and 319 days  Uruguay Paraguay Asunción 21/09/1975
5. Eliseo Branca Lock 19 years and 26 days  Wales XV Wales Cardiff 16/10/1976
6. Lisandro Arbizu (Fly-half) 19 years and 28 days  Ireland Republic of Ireland Lansdowne Road 27/10/1990
7. Santiago Álvarez (Centre) 19 years and 69 days  Uruguay Uruguay Montevideo 27/04/2013
8. German Schultz Wing 19 years and 81 days  Uruguay Uruguay Montevideo 27/04/2013
9. Manuel Plaza Lock 19 years and 139 days  Paraguay Paraguay Asunción 23/05/2015
10. Pablo Camerlinckx Number 8 19 years and 146 days  Brazil Uruguay Montevideo 08/10/1989

Last updated: Sudafrica vs Argentina, 31 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

Oldest players[edit]

# Player Pos Age Opposition Venue Date
1. Hugo Porta Fly-half 39 years and 60 days  Scotland Scotland Murrayfield 10/11/1990
2. Mario Ledesma Hooker 38 years and 145 days  New Zealand New Zealand Auckland 09/10/2011
3. Fairy Heatlie Number 8 38 years and 48 days United Kingdom Britain XV Argentina Flores 12/06/1910
4. Omar Hasan Prop 36 years and 181 days  France France Parc des Princes 19/10/2007
5. Felipe Contepomi Centre 36 years and 46 days  Australia Argentina Rosario 05/10/2013
6. Martín Scelzo Prop 35 years and 246 days  New Zealand New Zealand Auckland 09/10/2011
7. Rodrigo Roncero Prop 35 years and 233 days  Australia Argentina Rosario 06/10/2012
8. Marcelo Loffreda Centre 35 years and 151 days  South Africa South Africa Johannesburg 15/10/1994
9. Julio Farías Cabello Flanker 35 years and 65 days  Italy Italy Rome 23/11/2013
10. Rolando Martín Flanker 35 years and 33 days  Ireland Australia Adelaide 26/10/2003

Last updated: Sudafrica vs Argentina, 31 October 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only. [29]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "La despedida de un símbolo". Clarin.com. 6 October 2013. 
  3. ^ ""Contepomi to set record, Pumas chase historic win" at UltimateRugby.com". 
  4. ^ "Contepomi ya sabe lo que significa ser Puma récord". Clarin.com. 29 Sep 2013. 
  5. ^ "Contepomi superó a Porta y es el goleador récord", Clarín, 9 June 2012
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  7. ^ "Six Nations would be magnificent seven with us, pleads Pichot", Western Mail, 19 June 2006.
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  9. ^ "Wallabies defeated 21–17 by Argentina". The Australian. 4 October 2014. Retrieved 6 October 2014. 
  10. ^ Argentina is now part of Rugby Championship by Frankie Deges, The Buenos Aires Herald, 23 Nov 2011
  11. ^ a b "La pasión cumple 100 años", La Nación, 10 April 1999
  12. ^ "El pase del verano: Los Pumas dejan Adidas para vestirse con Nike", El Cronista, 27 November 2011
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  15. ^ Argentina at Flores
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  18. ^ "Buenos Aires Cricket & Rugby Club" at Centro de Documentación, Investigación y Referencia Histórica-Deportiva, June 2009
  19. ^ "Adiós a un escenario de triunfos históricos", Clarín, 4 Dec 2005
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  21. ^ "El historial de Los Pumas ante Australia, la tercera potencia", Infobae, 18 Oct 2015
  22. ^ Ranking archives can be found at the IRB website; www.irb.com
  23. ^ Argentina statistics
  24. ^ a b "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 
  25. ^ Estelles Joins Pumas in Edinburgh
  26. ^ (Spanish) UAR. Entrenadores de Los Pumas de todos los Tiempos
  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". 
  29. ^ a b c d e f g h "Rugby Union - Argentina - Most matches - ESPN Scrum". ESPN scrum. 

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