Argentina national rugby union team

The Argentine rugby union team represents Argentina at international level in the sport of Rugby Union and is considered the best team in America. The organizational responsibility carries the Unión Argentina de Rugby. Argentina is the only available by the International Rugby Board in the highest strength class rated team who do not regularly participate in major tournaments such as the Six Nations or Tri Nations. To date, the team has qualified for every World Cup and in 2007 reached the third place. The home games are usually played at the Estadio José Amalfitani in Buenos Aires.

  • 5.1 Current squad
  • 5.2 Major Players

Jerseys and Nickname

Argentina plays in light blue and white striped shirts, white shorts and light blue and white striped socks. These colors correspond to the flag of Argentina. On the shirt of the Union coat of arms is shown with a jaguar. The official supplier is Adidas, the shirt sponsor is VISA.

The nickname of the team is Los Pumas. This is attributable to a misunderstanding is a journalist who in 1965 accompanied the team on their first overseas tour to South Africa. The media were looking for a similar catchy nicknames such as All Blacks, Wallabies or Springboks. One of the journalists discovered the Jaguar on the dressing coat of arms, however, thought it were dealing with a cougar. The misjudgment quickly spread and the name was eventually adopted by the Argentines themselves.


Early years

The first rugby union match in Argentina took place in 1873, the sport was introduced by British immigrants. 1899 founded four clubs from the capital Buenos Aires the Association River Plate Rugby Football Union (1951 renamed the Unión Argentina de Rugby). 1910 traveled a set up by the University of Oxford team through Argentina. She has appeared as England team, but the squad included three Scots. On 12 July, the Argentine national team in Buenos Aires denied to this selection her first international match and lost 3:28.

1927 toured the British Lions by Argentina and won all nine games. Of the nine games, all of which took place in the capital, were five to four against club teams and the national team. Until the next time you visit a foreign team took another five years. Argentina lost both matches against the South African juniors.

The British Lions in 1936 returned back to Argentina and won all ten games. Only one was an international match, which lost to Argentina 12:23. In the same year the national team completed their first international match outside Argentina, in Valparaíso neighboring Chile was defeated with 29:0.

Second half of the 20th century

As part of the first Pan American Games held in 1951 in Buenos Aires Argentina, the first South African rugby tournament to the Chile, Uruguay and Brazil were invited. Here, Argentina proved clearly best team on the continent ( 13:3 against Chile, 62:0 and 72:0 against Uruguay against Brazil).

1952 the Argentines managed a 3-3 draw against Ireland. It was the first time ever that the team had not lost to a European top team. In the second South American tournament in 1958 with 50:3 Uruguay and Peru were conquered with 44:0. Although the Argentine slightly inebriated competed for the game against Chile, they still won with 14-0.

The next two South American tournaments in the 1961 and 1964 dominated the Argentines again, each with three victories. The first tour of Argentina's national team on the other side of the Atlantic in 1965 led to Rhodesia and South Africa. During this tour the now common nickname " Pumas " came on. In the late 1960s began the four British teams to regularly play against Argentina. 1968 won the Argentine first time against Scotland and Wales.

From the late 1970s until the early 1990s, Argentina scored some notable successes, including against France, England and Australia. Also to choose this one a draw against the areas categorized as superior to the New Zealand All Blacks in 1985, which is still regarded as one of the most remarkable results of the Pumas.

In 1987, we assume that the Argentines would provide the qualification for the quarter-finals of the first World Cup, but the Pumas missed this with an unexpected defeat to Samoa. The resignation of numerous key players led to a weakening of the team so that they could celebrate a single victory in the World Cup 1991 and the 1995 World Cup. Far more successful was the 1999 World Cup: The Argentine reached in their preliminary round group behind Wales in second place, sat down in the second round against Ireland through and qualified for the first time for the quarter-finals, where they ministered to the eventual runners-up France were subject.

21st Century

In the 2003 World Cup Argentina won two games in the group stage, but failed to reach the quarter-finals with defeats against Australia and Ireland. In June 2004, the Cougars won for the first time away to France, which had a few months earlier won the Six Nations Championship. 2005 and 2006 were followed by several victories against Wales, Scotland, Italy and England.

With two significant victories against Chile and Uruguay qualified the Cougars for the 2007 World Cup, where they could beat the favorites France in the first game. The Argentines were group winners and beat in the quarterfinals Scotland with 19:13. In the semifinals, they had to give to the eventual champions South Africa struck with 13:37, but in the 3rd place match they beat hosts France again ( with 34:10 ), and thus gained the greatest success in its history.

The International Rugby Board in 2012 extended the discharged between Australia, New Zealand and South Africa Tri-Nations tournament for the Argentine national team to The Rugby Championship.


Results at World Championships

  • World Cup 1987: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • World Cup 1991: Preliminary round (no win)
  • World Cup 1995: Preliminary Round ( no win )
  • 1999 World Cup: Quarter-finals ( two wins in the first round )
  • World Cup 2003: Preliminary Round ( two wins)
  • World Cup 2007: 3rd place
  • World Cup 2011: Quarter-Finals ( three wins in the first round )


Current squad

The following players form the squad during the international matches in June against England:

Behind team ( backs)

Forward ( forwards)

Known player

  • Diego Albanese
  • Lisandro Arbizu
  • Felipe Contepomi
  • Manuel Contepomi
  • Ignacio Corleto
  • Diego Dominguez
  • Ignacio Fernández Lobbe
  • Omar Hasan
  • Mario Ledesma
  • Gonzalo Longo
  • Rolando Martin
  • Juan Martín Hernández
  • Federico Mendez
  • Patricio Noriega
  • José María Núñez piossek
  • Lucas Ostiglia
  • Agustín Pichot
  • Hugo Porta
  • Gonzalo Quesada
  • Martin Scelzo
  • Pedro Sporleder