1976 Argentina rugby union tour of Wales and England

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1976 Argentina tour in Wales and England
Type P W D L
Total: 6 3 0 3
Test match: 1 0 0 1
Opp. P W D L
Wales  Wales XV[1] 1 0 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1976 Argentina rugby union tour of Wales and England was a series of six matches played by the Argentina national rugby union team in September and October 1976.

Five of the six matches were played in Wales, including an international match against the Wales national rugby union team. Argentina won the first three matches of the tour but lost the last three. Although Wales did not award caps for the international game they did select a full-strength team and Argentina came close to winning; they led 19–17 as the match went into injury time but were beaten by a late penalty from Phil Bennett. Wales had won the Grand Slam in 1976 and Argentina's performance was considered a shock.[2]

Matches[edit]

29 September 1976
East Wales 22 - 25 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Juliff, Butcher;
Con: Lewis.
Pen: Lewis 4
Try: G. Beccar Varela, Neyrá
Carracedo, penalty try
Con: Sansot, G. Beccar Varela, Porta
Pen: Porta

East Wales: H.Richards; C.F.W.Rees, N.D.Butcher, N.J.Shanklin, N.B.Juliff; G.Laurence, N.A.Lewis; T.Cobner (capt.), C.Burgess, B.Lease; J.Watkins, J.Floyd; G.Price, R.W.Windsor, A.G.Faulkner
Argentina: M.Sansot; D.Beccar Varela, A.Travaglini, A.Rodríguez jurado (capt.) (G.Beccar Varela), J.Gauweloose; H.Porta, A.Etchegaray; J.Carracedo, R.Mastai, C.Neyra; E.Branca, J.J.Fernández; R.Irañeta, J.Costante, M.Carluccio.


2 October 1976
Cardiff 25 - 29 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Dudley-Jones 2, Rawlins;
Con: G.Davies 2
Pen: G.Davies 3
Try: Gauweloose 2, D.Beccar Varela
Sansot;
Con: G.Beccar Varela, Porta
Pen: Porta, Sansot;
Drop: Porta
National Stadium, Cardiff
Referee: Kenneth Pattinson (England)

Cardiff R.F.C.: J.Davies; T.G.Davies (capt.), M.Murphy, A.J.Finlayson (Holand), D.Thomas; G.Davies, G.Edwards; S.Lane, B.Dubin-Jones, T.Morgan.I.Robinson, P.Rawlins; M.Knill, M.Watkins, B.Nelmes.
Argentina: M.Sansot; D.Beccar Varela, G.Beccar Varela, A.Travaglini, J.Gauweloose, H.Porta, A.Etchegaray (capt.); C.Neyra, R.Mastai, J.Carracedo; E.Branca, J.J.Fernández; F.Insúa, J.Braceras, M.Carluccio (R.Irañeta).


6 October 1976
Abevaron 6 - 18 Argentina Argentina XV
Pen: Bevan 2
Try: Travaglini.
Con: G.Beccar Varela
Pen: Sansot,
Abevaron
Referee: R.C.Quittenton (England)

Aberavon: ' P.Bessant; R.James, A.Rees, I.Halle I.Keene; J.Bevan, C.Shell (capt.); O.Alexander, P.Clarke, R.Davies; P.Bell, W.Mainwaring; C.Williams, W.James, B.Lewis.
Argentina: M.Alonso; M.Sansot, A.Travaglini, G.Beccar Varela, G.Álvarez; H.Porta (F.González Victorica), A.Etchegaray (capt.); J.Carracedo; R.Sanz, H.Massini; J.J.Fernández, E.Branca; R.Irañeta, J.Costante, F.Insúa.


9 October 1976
North and Midlands 24 - 9 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Slemen.
Con: Hare
Pen: Hare 5
Drop: Horton
Pen: Sansot.
Welford Road, Leicester
Referee: P.J.Lillington (England)

North and Midlands W.Hare; J.Carlton, P.Dodge, A.Bond, M.Slemen; J.Horton, S.Smith; DForfar, A.Neary, G.Adey; D.Trickey, W.Beaumonnt; F.Cotton (capt.), P.Wheeler, C.White.
Argentina: M.Alonso; M.Sansot, A.Travaglini (capt.), G.Beccar Varela, J.Gauweloose; F.González Victorica, R.Castagna; H.Massini, R.Mastai, C.Neyra; E.Branca, J.J.Fernández; F.Insúa, J.Costante, R.Irañeta.


12 October 1976
West Wales 14 - 12 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Evans, Griffiths Hill;
Con: Phillips
Pen: Sansot 2 G.Beccar Varela
Drop: G.Beccar Varela.
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: D.H.Burnett (Ireland)

West Wales:C.Griffiths; E.Rees (L.Thomas), P.Phillips, R.Bergiers, A.Hill; D.Richards, S.Williams; G.Jones, H.Jenkins, T.Evans; P.May, G.Wheel; P.Llewellyn, R.Thomas, G.Shaw.
Argentina: M.Sansot; D.Beccar Varela, A.Travaglini, G.Beccar Varela, J.Gauweloose; H.Porta, A.Etchegaray (capt.); J.Carracedo, J.Sanz, C.Neyra; J.J.Fernández, E.Branca; M.Carluccio, J.Braceras, A.Risler.


16 October 1976
Wales XV Wales 20 - 19  Argentina
Try: Davies, Edwards
Pen: Bennett 4
Try: G Beccar Varela, Gauweloose
Con: Porta
Pen: G Beccar Varela 2, Porta
Arms Park, Cardiff
Attendance: 4.000
Referee: Norman Sanson (Scotland)
Wales XV Argentina
JPR Williams FB 15 FB Martin Sansot
Gerald Davies W 14 W Daniel Beccar Varela
Ray Gravell C 13 C Alejandro Travaglini
Roy Bergiers C 12 C Gonzalo Beccar Varela
J.J. Williams W 11 W Jorge Gauweloose
Phil Bennett FH 10 FH Hugo Porta
Gareth Edwards SH 9 SH Adolfo Etchegaray (capt.)
Derek Quinnell N8 8 N8 Jorge Carracedo
(capt.) Terry Cobner F 7 F Ricardo Mastai
Trefor Evans F 6 F Carlos Neyra
Geoff Wheel L 5 L Jose Fernandez
Barry Clegg L 4 L Eliseo Branca
Charlie Faulkner P 3 P Rito Iraneta
Bobby Windsor H 2 H Jose Costante
Graham Price P 1 P Fernando Insua
Replacements
Jeff Squire L 16 H Jorge Braceras

Sources[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ the match was considered official only for Union Argentina de Rugby, not by WRU
  2. ^ Rothmans p51