History of rugby union matches between Argentina and France

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France's national rugby union team first played Argentina in 1949 when they undertook a two-test tour of the latter country. France won both matches.[1] Argentina did not manage a win over France until their 16th meeting in 1985, under the captaincy of Hugo Porta.[1]

France has been Argentina's most frequent Test match opponent. France played a significant role in the early development of Argentinian rugby in which the two countries played each other 13 times between 1949 and 1977. In total the two countries have met 48 times, with France winning 34 games, Argentina 13 and one game drawn.

The teams have played each other three times at Rugby World Cup tournaments: In 1999 France won a quarter-final, and in 2007 Argentina beat France 17-12 in the tournament-opening pool game and again 34-10 in the playoff for third and fourth place after Argentina had lost to tournament winners South Africa in the semi-final. Even though Argentina had shown strong form in the year leading up to the tournament (winning 10 of 13 Test matches plus a one-point loss to France), the opening-game win was regarded as an upset by the media.[2][3]

Despite about two third of the games were played on Argentina's ground, France managed to win more than two third of them. France won the only match the two have played on neutral ground.

Argentina's win rate is slightly better at home than in France (27.6% versus 26.7%), but their point differential is better in France than at home (−5.6 points versus −9.0). The biggest difference in point was achieve by France during their second game of their 2012 tour to Argentina, winning 49 to 10.

Since 2000, the series has been especially closely fought, though Argentina have had the upper hand. In the 13 matches played in that time frame, the Pumas are 8–5, but eight of the matches were decided by a converted try (7 points) or less.

When the IRB introduced their world team rankings system in 2003, Argentina were ranked 7th and France 5th.[4] Since then the ranking changed frequently and the two teams order was reversed many times like in March 2009, when Argentina climbed to 4th place and France fell to seventh.[5] Most recently, following Argentina's win in the first of their two-Test series in June 2012, the two teams switched places in the rankings with the Pumas in 6th and France in 7th but after their second game a week later, which saw France won by 39 points, France climbed back to the 5th place and Argentina drop to 8th.

Summary[edit]

Overview[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Argentina
Won by
 France
Drawn Argentina points France points
In Argentina 30 8 21 1 435 734
In France 17 5 12 0 293 388
Neutral venue 1 0 1 0 26 47
Overall 48 13 34 1 754 1169

Records[edit]

Note: Date shown in brackets indicates when the record was or last set.

Record Argentina France
Longest winning streak 4 (15 Jun 2002–25 Nov 2006) 12 (28 Aug 1949–2 Jul 1977)
Largest points for
Home 41 (26 June 2010) 39 (17 November 2012)
Away 34 (19 October 2007) 49 (23 June 2012)
Largest winning margin
Home 28 (26 June 2010) 23 (19 October 1975)
Away 24 (19 October 2007) 39 (23 June 2012)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition
48 22 November 2014 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 13 – 18  Argentina 2014 end-of-year rugby union internationals
47 17 November 2012 Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille 39 – 22  France 2012 end of year rugby union tests
46 23 June 2012 Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán 10 – 49  France 2012 France Tour
45 16 June 2012 Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba 23 – 20  Argentina
44 20 November 2010 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier 15 – 9  France 2010 end of year rugby union tests
43 26 June 2010 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 41 – 13  Argentina
42 8 November 2008 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 12 – 6  France 2008 end of year rugby union tests
41 19 October 2007 Parc des Princes, Paris 10 – 34  Argentina 2007 Rugby World Cup third-place match
40 7 September 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 12 – 17  Argentina 2007 Rugby World Cup
39 25 November 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 27 – 26  France 2006 end of year rugby union tests
38 20 November 2004 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 14 – 24  Argentina 2004 end of year rugby union tests
37 20 June 2003 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 33 – 32  Argentina 2003 France Tour
36 14 June 2003 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 10 – 6  Argentina
35 15 June 2002 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 28 – 27  Argentina 2002 France Tour
34 24 October 1999 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 26 – 47  France 1999 Rugby World Cup
33 14 November 1998 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 34 – 14  France 1998 Argentina Tour
32 20 June 1998 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 12 – 37  France 1998 France Tour
31 13 June 1998 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 18 – 35  France
30 26 October 1997 Stade Maurice Trélut, Tarbes 32 – 27  France Latin Cup 1997
29 29 June 1996 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 15 – 34  France 1996 France Tour
28 22 June 1996 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 27 – 34  France
27 21 October 1995 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 12 – 47  France Latin Cup 1995
26 14 November 1992 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 20 – 24  Argentina 1992 Argentine Tour
25 11 July 1992 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 9 – 33  France 1992 France Tour
24 4 July 1992 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 12 – 27  France
23 11 November 1988 Stadium Lille-Metropole, Lille 28 – 18  France 1988 Argentine Tour
22 5 November 1988 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 29 – 9  France
21 25 June 1988 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 18 – 6  Argentina 1988 France Tour
20 18 June 1988 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 15 – 18  France
19 7 June 1986 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 9 – 22  France 1986 France Tour
18 31 May 1986 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 15 – 13  Argentina
17 29 June 1985 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 15 – 23  France 1985 France Tour
16 22 June 1985 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 24 – 16  Argentina
15 20 November 1982 Parc des Princes, Paris 13 – 6  France 1982 Argentine Tour
14 14 November 1982 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 25 – 12  France
13 2 July 1977 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 18 – 18   draw 1977 France Tour
12 25 June 1977 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 26  France
11 25 October 1975 Parc des Princes, Paris 36 – 21  France 1975 Argentina Tour
10 19 October 1975 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 29 – 6  France
9 29 June 1974 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 27 – 31  France 1974 France Tour
8 20 June 1974 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 15 – 20  France
7 17 August 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 6 – 29  France 1960 France Tour
6 6 August 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 12  France
5 23 July 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 37  France
4 12 September 1954 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 30  France 1954 France tour
3 29 August 1954 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 8 – 22  France
2 4 September 1949 Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires 3 – 12  France 1949 France Tour
1 28 August 1949 Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires 0 – 5  France

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pick and go Rugby Test match database - select Los Pumas vs Les Bleus
  2. ^ "Argentina upset France up front". IRB. 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  3. ^ "Argentine upset of France kicks off rugby World Cup". 2007-09-08. Retrieved 2009-03-05. 
  4. ^ 2003 IRB rankings table
  5. ^ IRB rankings table for 3 March 2009