1981 England rugby union tour of Argentina

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1981 England tour in Argentina
Type P W D L
Total: 7 6 1 0
Test match: 2 1 1 0
Opp. P W D L
 Argentina 2 1 1 0
Statistics against Test match opponents

England were the first of the Home Nations to tour Argentina, and to take advantage of the recent International Board ruling that full caps could be awarded for matches against non-IB countries. It had been the intention to tour Argentina in 1973, but terrorist threats had necessiatated cancellation and the side had gone to Fiji and New Zealand instead.

Matches[edit]

San Isidro Club[edit]

16 May 1981
San Isidro Club 14–20 England XV
Try: Aguirre, Loffreda
Pen: Loffreda 2
Try: Carletan
Swift 2, Smart
Con: Hare 2
Buenos Aires
Referee: José María Cabanas

San Isidro Club: F.Argerich; F.Sainz Trápaga, M.Perez Coba, M.Loffrede, L.Corral (F.Aguirre); R.Madero, A.Soares Gache; T.Petersen, R.de Vedis (capt,), R.Lucke; C.Durlech, M.Glestra; C.Seinz Trápaga, J.Perez Cabo, F.Insus.
England: D.Hare; J.Carletan, C.Woodward, P.Dodge, A.Swift; J.Horton, S.Smith; N.Jeavana, J.Scott, M.Rafter; W.Beaumont (capt.), J.Fidler; C.Smart, A.Simpson, C.Mc Gregar.


North Combined XV[edit]

The "Seleccionado Regional del Norte" (selection pof the north of Argentina) was formed by player of the provincial selections of Cordoba, Salta, Tucumán

19 May 1981
North Combined XV 12–36 England XV
Try: Bobadilla
Con: Sauce
Pen: Sauce 2
Try: Patrick 2, Devies 2
Carleton, Track
Scott, Prestan
Con: Patrick
Club Belgrano, Cordoba
Referee: Ricardo Colombo

North XV: G.Bustos (Cordoba); P.Bobadilla (Cordoba), R.Mas Dan (Cordoba), M.Ambroggio (Cordoba), Guran (Tucumán); G-Palau (Tucumán), R.Sauce (Tucumán); M.Martinez (Cordoba), R.Hyleveld (Cordoba), M.Espósito (Cordoba); E.Amador (Cordoba), R.Passaglia (Cordoba) (capt.); E.Rodríguez (Cordoba), H.Bianchi (Cordoba), J.Ferro (Tucumán), (A.Sanchez Salta)
England: B.Patrick; D.Track, R.Dodge, N.Preston, Ja Carletan; G.Davies, N.Melville; D. Cooke, J.Scott, R.Hesford; W.Beaumont (capt.), S.Bainbridge; P.Rendell (C.Smart), S.Milla, G.Pearce.


Buenos Aires[edit]

23 May 1981
Buenos Aires 25–34 England XV
Try: : Courreges, Sainz Trápaga
Con: Beccer Varela
Pen: Beccer Varela, Sanguinetti
Try: Dodge 2
Swtift, Hesford
Con: Hore 3
Pen: Hore 4
Ferrocarrill Oeste, Buenos Aires
Referee: Douglas Kerr

Buenos Aires: F.Argerich; A.Puccio (J.Palma), E.Sanguinetti, G.Lorenzo, F.Seinz Trápaga; G.Beccer Varela, A.Nicholson (capt.); J.Allen (C.Neyra), R.Sanz, R.De Vedia; M.Iachetti, M.Glastra; F.Insús, A.Courreges, P.Devoto.
England: W.Hare; J.Carleton, S.Woodward, P.Dodge, T.Suift; H.Davies, S.Smith; N.Jeavons, J.Scott, D.Cooke (B.Hesford); S.Baindridge, W.Beaumont (capt.); J.Smart, S.Milla, G.Pearce.


South Combined[edit]

The "Seleccionado Regional del Sur" (selection of the South of Argentina) was formed by player of the provincial selections of Mar del Plata, Sur, Tandil

25 May 1981
South Combined XV 3–47 England XV
Pen: Cutuk
Try: Trick, Carleton 3
Hesford, Preston
Simpson, Melville
Con: Patrick 6
Pen: Patrick

Referee: Carlos Gregotti

Sur XV: L.Elissando (Tandil); D.De Pau (Mar del Plata), V.Cutuk (Sur) G.Paulucci (Mar del Plata) R.Bonavita (Mar del Plata); G.Pedroza (Mar del Plata), A.Valderrey (Mar del Plata); 0.Varade (Mar del Plata), M.Riego (Mar del Plata), J.Feullassier (Mar del Plata); D.Rotelo (Mar del Plata), B.Minguez (Mar del Plata) (capt.); H.Bruno (Mar del Plata), R.Rovere (Tandil) (N.Bosso (Mar del Plata), J.Quaglia (Sur)
England: 8.Patrick; J.Carleton, P.Dodge, N..Prestan, 0.Trick; J.Hartan, N.Melville; M.Rafter (capt.), R.Hesford, N.Jeevons; S.Bainbridge, J.Fldler;


The first test match[edit]

30 May 1981
Argentina  19–19  England
Try: Campo 2
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Drop: Landajo, Porta
report Try: Davies, Woodward 2
Con: Hare 2
Pen: Hare
Ferrocarrill Oeste, Buenos Aires
Attendance: 28,000
Referee: Jean-Pierre Bonnet (France)
Argentina England
Daniel Baetti FB 15 FB Dusty Hare
Marcelo Campo W 14 W John Carleton
Marcelo Loffreda C 13 C Paul Dodge
Rafael Madero C 12 C Clive Woodward
Adolfo Cappelletti W 11 W Tony Swift
(capt.) Hugo Porta FH 10 FH Huw Davies
Tomas Landajo SH 9 SH Steve Smith
Gabriel Travaglini N8 8 N8 John Scott
Tomas Petersen F 6 F Mike Rafter
Ernesto Ure F 7 F Nick Jeavons
Alejandro Iachetti L 5 L John Fidler
Eliseo Branca L 4 L Bill Beaumont (capt.)
Fernando Morel P 3 P Gary Pearce
Javier Perez Cobo H 2 H Steve Mills
Topo Rodriguez P 1 P Colin Smart

Litoral Combined XV[edit]

The "Seleccionado Regional del Litoral" (selection of the north east of Argentina) was theoretically formed by player of the provincial selections of Rosario, Entre Rios, Santa Fe, but in reality was formed only by player of Rosario.

2 June 1981
Litoral Combined XV 21–25 England XV

Litoral XV D.Baetti; A.Piscione; J.Escalante, A.Trini, D.Giner; M.Dip, R.Cestagna; C.Marengo, V.Macet, G.Minoldo (J.Comba); G.Milano, J.Mangimelli (capt.); C.Fernández, C.Cristini, A.Risler.
England: 8.Patrick; J.Carletan, P.Dodge, N.Prestan, D.Trick; P.Horton, N.Melville; R.Hesford, D.Cocke, N.Jeavons; S.Bainbridge, W.Beaumant (capt.); G.Pearce, A.Simpson, C.Mc Gregor.



The second test match[edit]

6 June 1981
Argentina  6–12  England
Try: Travaglini
Con: Porta
Try: Davies
Con: Hare
Pen: Hare 2
Ferrocarrill Oeste, Buenos Aires
Attendance: .000
Referee: Jean-Pierre Bonnet (France)
Argentina England
Daniel Baetti FB 15 FB Dusty Hare
Marcelo Campo W 14 W John Carleton
Marcelo Loffreda C 13 C Paul Dodge
Rafael Madero C 12 C Clive Woodward
Adolfo Cappelletti W 11 W Tony Swift
(capt.) Hugo Porta FH 10 FH Huw Davies
Tomas Landajo SH 9 SH Steve Smith
Gabriel Travaglini N8 8 N8 John Scott
Ernesto Ure F 7 F Mike Rafter
Tomas Petersen F 6 F Nick Jeavons
Alejandro Iachetti L 5 L John Fidler
Eliseo Branca L 4 L Bill Beaumont (capt.)
Fernando Morel P 3 P Gary Pearce
Javier Perez Cobo H 2 H Steve Mills
Topo Rodriguez P 1 P Colin Smart
Replacements
Juan Pablo Piccardo C 16

Touring party[edit]

Player Match
Played
Score Total points
tries conv. pen. drop
Dusty Hare (Leicester – 10 caps – Full Back) 4 0 8 7 37
Brian Patrick (Gosforth – No caps – Full Back) 9 2 9 5 41
John Carleton (Orrell – 9 caps – Three-Quarter) 5 5 20
Paul Dodge (Leicester – 14 caps – Three-Quarter) 7 2 8
Nick Preston (Richmond F.C. – 3 caps – Three-Quarter) 3 2 8
Tony Swift (Swansea – No caps – Three-Quarter) 4 3 12
David Trick (Bath – No caps – Three-Quarter) 3 4 16
Clive Woodward (Leicester – 8 caps – Three-Quarter) 4 2 8
Huw Davies (Cambridge University – 3 caps – Half-Back) 4 4 16
John Horton (Bath – 9 caps – Half-Back) 3 0
Nigel Melville (Wasps – No caps – Half-Back) 3 1 4
Steve Smith (Sale – 18 caps – Half-Back) 4 0
Steve Bainbridge (Gosforth – No caps – Forward) 4 0
Bill Beaumont (Fylde – 30 caps – Forward) 6 0
David Cooke (Harlequins – 4 caps – Forward) 3 0
John Fidler (Gloucester R.F.C. – No caps – Forward) 4 0
Bob Hesford (Bristol – 1 cap – Forward) 2 2 8
Nick Jeavons (Moseley – 3 caps – Forward) 6 0
Clint McGregor (Angouléme – No caps – Forward) 3 0
Steve Mills (Gloucester R.F.C. – No caps – Forward) 4 0
Gary Pearce (Northampton – 4 caps – Forward) 6 0
Mike Rafter (Bristol – 15 caps – Forward) 4 0
Paul Rendall (Wasps – No caps – Forward) 1 0
John Scott (Cardiff – 18 caps – Forward) 5 1 4
Andy Simpson (Sale – No caps – Forward) 3 1 4
Colin Smart (Newport – 6 caps – Forward) 5 1 4

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