1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy

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1978 Argentina tour in Europe
Coach(es): Angel Guastella
Tour captain(s): Hugo Porta
Type P W D L
Total: 8 5 1 3
Test match: 2 0 1 1
Opp. P W D L
England England 1[1] 0 1 0
Italy Italy 1 0 0 1
Statistics against Test match opponents

The 1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy was a series of nine matches played by the Argentina national rugby union team in September and October 1978.

Six of the nine matches were played in England, with the tourists going on to play one match each in Wales, Ireland and Italy. Argentina won five matches, lost three and drew one. The draw came against the England national rugby union team, although England did not award full international caps for the fixture.

The tour captain, Hugo Porta, played all nine games, scored 94 of the team's 157 points on tour and, according to Rothmans Rugby Yearbook, "established himself as one of the world's great players" on the tour[2]

The Team[edit]

Team Manager: Angel Guastella

Full back

tre-quuarters

Half-backs

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The matches[edit]

Southern Counties[edit]

27 September
England Southern Counties 9–39 Argentina Argentina XV
Pen: I. Gale 3
Try: Porta, Cappelletti, Cerioni
Madero, Puccio, Petersen
Con: Porta 3
Pen: Porta 3
Ifley Road, Oxford
Referee: Jean Pierre Bonnet (France)

Southern Counties: I.Gale.C.Rees, B.Reynolds, D.Course-, R.Ellis Jones; J.Wright e I.George; G.Sharpe, R.Jackson, J.Coock j.Mawle, J.Orwin, P.Rendall, A.Jenkins, G.Pearce.
Argentina: M.Sansot; A.Puccio, R.Madero, M.Loffreda, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), R.Landajo; C.Serreno, H.Silva, T.Petersen; A.Iachetti, G.Travaglini; H.Nicola; R..Seaton, A.Cerioni.

London Division[edit]

30 September
England London Division 22–15 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Ripley, French, Prestan
Con: Bushell 2
Pen: Bushell 2
Try: Madero
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Drop: Porta, Sansot
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Corris Thomas (Wales)

London Division: K.M.Bushell; R.O.Demming; N.R.French, C.R.Woodward, D.M.Wyatt; N.J.Presten, M.R.Conner; T.C.Claston, P.d'A.Keith-Roach (capt.) A.J.Cutter, N.D.Mantell, M.J.Colclough, A.C.Alexander, R.J.Mordell, A.G.Ripley.
Argentina: M.Sansot; A.Puccio, M.Loffreda, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), R.Landajo; H.Silva, T.Pe¬tersen, G.Paz; G.Travaglini, A.Iachetti; H.Nicola, A.Cubelli, A.Cerioni.

Northern Division[edit]

4 October
England North of England 20- 6 Argentina XV
Try: Slemen, Boyd , Horton, Penalty try
Con: Young
Pen: Boyd 2
Pen: Sansot
Drop: Sansot
Bridge Road, Headingley
Referee: A. Bryce (Scotland)

North of England: D.Boyd; P.J.Squires, A.M.Bond, W.Lyon, M.A.C.Slemen; J.P.Horton, M.Young; F.E.Cotton; K.Pacey, J.Bell, W.B.Beaumont (capt.), J.Buttler, P.J.Dixon, P.Moss, K.Higgins.
Argentina: M.Sansot; M.Campo, J.Trueco, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), R.Landajo; T.Petersen, C.Serrano, H.Silva; A.Iachetti, R.Passaglia; H.Nicola, R.Sea¬ton, E.Rodríguez.

North Midlands[edit]

7 October
England North Midlands 14–22 Argentina Argentina XV
The Reddings, Moseley
Referee: David Burnett (Ireland)

North Middlands: P.J.Mumford.C.Perry, A.Watson-Jones, M.K.Swain, M.A.Hall; L.Cusworth, P.C.Bullock; T.F.Corless, G.N.J.Cox, J.J.Moore, B.Aire, N.J.Bekewell, J.C.White, T.Clarke, D.Nutt.
Argentina: M.Sansot; M.Campo, M.Lofreda, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), A.Soares Gache; G.Paz, C.Serrano, G.Travaglini; R.Passaglia, A.Iachetti; H.Nicola, R.Seaton, A.Cerioni.

The English Students[edit]

10 October
England English Students 9–15 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: I. Wilkins
Con: Rose
Pen: Rose
Try: Porta
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta 3
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Referee: Norman Sanson (Scotland)

English Students: M.Rose; J.Basnett, A.Harrower, C.Woodward, P.Asquith; 1.Wilkins, M.Conner; S.Wilkes, M.Howe, J.Doubleday, P.Ackford, S.Bainbridge, T.Allehurch, N.Jeavons, P.Bolledri.
Argentina: E.Sanguinetti; M.Campo, J.Escalante, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), R.Landajo; G.Paz, G.Travaglini, H.Silva; R.Passaglia, A.Iachetti; H.Nicola, A.Cubelli, A.Cerioni.

England[edit]

14 October
England England XV 13–13 Argentina Argentina
Try: Gifford, Squires
Con: Bushell
Drop: Horton
Try: Campo, Passaglia
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta

England XV=15. Kevin Bushell, 14.Peter Squires, 13. Peter Warfield, 12.Paul Dodge, 11.Mike Slemen, 10.John Horton, 9.Chris Gifford, 1.Barry Nelmes, 2.Peter Wheeler, 3.Fran Cotton, 4.Bill Beaumont, 5.Maurice Colclough, 6.Peter Dixon, 7.Mike Rafter, 8.John Scott

Argentina15.Martin Sansot, 14.Marcelo Campo, 13.Marcelo Loffreda, 12.Rafael Madero, 11.Adolfo Cappelletti, 10.Hugo Porta(c), 9.Tomas Landajo, 8.Gabriel Travaglini, 6.Héctor Silva, 7.Tomas Petersen, 5.Alejandro Iachetti, 4.Ricardo Passaglia, 3.Alejandro Cerioni, 2.Alejandro Cubelli, 1.Hugo Nicola

Wales "B"[edit]

17 October
Wales Wales B 14–17 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Lewis, Hutchings
Pen: Barry 2
Try: Campo, Serrano
Pen: Porta, Sansot
Drop: Porta
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: Roger Quittenton (England)

Wales "B": I.Walsh; E.Rees, N.Hutchings, P.Morgan, R.Ellis¬Jones; D.Barry, G.Williams; D.Jones, G.Davies, D.Lewis, R.Moriarty, S.Sutton, G.Williams, Ch.Seldon, P.Ringer.
Argentina: M.Sansot; M.Campo, M.Loffreda, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), A.Soares Gache; T.Peter¬sen, C.Serrano, G, Travaglini; R.Passaglia, A.lachetti; H.Nicola, A.Cubelli, A.Cerioni.

Leinster[edit]

21 October
Leinster Leinster 13–24 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Andrucetti
Pen: Quinn 3
Try: Travaglini
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta 4 Sansot
Drop: Porta
Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Laurie Prideaux (England)

Leinster: F.Ennis; T.Kennedy, P.Andrucetti, P.Me Naughton, A.Me Lennan; M.Quinn, J.Moloney (capt.); P.Orr, J.Cantrell, M.Fitzpatrick, W.Duggan, E.D'Raffertty, F.Slattery, S.Deering, M.Gibson.
Argentina: M.Sansot; M.Campo, J.Trucco, R.Madero, A.Cappelletti; H.Porta (capt.), Landajo; H.Silva, T.Petersen, G.Travaglini; R.Passaglia, A.lachetti; H.Nicola, A.Cubelli, A.Cerioni.

Italy[edit]

24 October
Italy Italy 19–6 Argentina Argentina
Try: R Francescato, Ghizzoni
Con: Zuin
Pen: Zuin 2
Drop: Zuin
Pen: Porta
Drop: Porta
Stadio Battaglini, Rovigo
Referee: Sergio Tavelli (Italy)

Italy: 15.Rocco Caligiuri, 14.Massimo Mascioletti, 13.Nello Francescato, 12.Rino Francescato, 11.Serafino Ghizzoni, 10.Loredano Zuin, 9.Angelo Visentin, 8.Elio de Anna, 7.Fiorenzo Blessano, 6.Paolo Mariani, 5.Adriano Fedrigo, 4.Fulvio di Carlo, 3.Ambrogio Bona (capT.), 2.Claudio Robazza, 1.Anacleto AltigieriReplacement: Narcisio Zanella

Argentina 15.Eduardo Sanguinetti, 14.Martin Sansot, 13.Javier Escalante, 12.Rafael Madero, 11.Marcelo Campo, 10.Hugo Porta (cap), 9.Alfredo Soares Gache, 8.Gabriel Travaglini, 7.Tomas Petersen, 6.Carlos Serrano, 5.Ricardo Passaglia, 4.Alejandro Iachetti, 3.Alejandro Cerioni, 2.Alejandro Cubelli, 1.Rodolfo Ventura – Replacement: Adolfo Cappelletti, Hugo Nicola


References[edit]

  1. ^ Not "cap match" for Rugby Football Union
  2. ^ Rothmans p 47

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