Argentina National Rugby Union Team
While many rugby teams play for the badge, few of them embody it as much as Argentina. The jaguar was chosen as the team crest for its agility and courage, and generations of players have created a playing style to match – with fluency and skill in the backline, and a characteristic aggression and muscle in the forward pack. Few other teams have such a star-studded list of opponents, but the tough lessons of South Africa, Australia and New Zealand are paying off in increasingly competitive performances. It’s an exciting time to follow the team, so why not see which upcoming matches are on offer in our selection of Argentina Rugby Union Tickets at StubHub!
Argentina Rugby Union – a proud tradition
Argentina’s passionate and knowledgeable rugby culture is well into its second century and extends through clubs and university teams. With home matches played in a variety of grounds - including the José Amalfitani Stadium, home of club side Jaguares – it’s still relatively easy to watch one of the most stylish and entertaining international sides in action.
Like all international teams, Los Pumas strive for strength in depth, but tensions between domestic and foreign leagues have always made this a challenge. Though the team spirit is clear to see, many Argentine sides have needed a great player as their axis. Hugo Porta’s captaincy and magnificent kicking game led the team into the top rank of rugby-playing nations in the 1970s and 1980s. The talent of Felipe Contepomi was a similar source of inspiration when Argentina shocked hosts France in the 2007 World Cup.
Before their opening pool match, few commentators predicted anything other than a win for a French side packed with powerhouses like Betsen and Harinordoquy, and the flair of Skrela, Traille and Jauzion in the back division. However, the game turned on a breakaway try by Ignacio Corleto. Intense competition at the breakdown, audacious drop-goal attempts and Contepomi’s coolly taken penalties provided extra drama in the 17-12 win.
If 2007 was dramatic, 2015 was sublime. A much-fancied Ireland were torn open by the explosive pace and incisive running lines of Argentina’s backs, with tries for Matias Moroni, Joaquin Tuculet and two for flying winger Juan Imhoff. Despite brilliant breaks of his own by Luke Fitzgerald to make and score Ireland’s two tries, a near-faultless kicking performance by Nicolas Sanchez kept Argentina out of reach.
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Follow Argentina in the Northern Hemisphere with tickets for the Autumn internationals. Or see them bid for further success in the World Cup.