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 45 times, with France winning 32 games, Argentina 12 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]

Summary[edit]

Details Played Won by Argentina Won by France Drawn Argentina points France points
In Argentina 30 8 21 1 435 734
In France 16 4 12 0 275 375
Neutral venue 1 0 1 0 26 47
Overall 47 12 34 1 736 1156

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.

Results[edit]

Date Venue Score Victor Comments
17 November 2012 Grand Stade Lille Métropole, Lille 39 – 22  France 2012 end of year rugby union tests
23 June 2012 Estadio José Fierro, Tucumán 10 – 49  France 2012 France Tour
16 June 2012 Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, Córdoba 23 – 20  Argentina
20 November 2010 Stade de la Mosson, Montpellier 15 – 9  France 2010 end of year rugby union tests
26 June 2010 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 41 – 13  Argentina
8 November 2008 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 12 – 6  France 2008 end of year rugby union tests
19 October 2007 Parc des Princes, Paris 10 – 34  Argentina 2007 Rugby World Cup third-place match
7 September 2007 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 12 – 17  Argentina 2007 Rugby World Cup
25 November 2006 Stade de France, Saint-Denis 27 – 26  France 2006 end of year rugby union tests
20 November 2004 Stade Vélodrome, Marseille 14 – 24  Argentina 2004 end of year rugby union tests
20 June 2003 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 33 – 32  Argentina 2003 France Tour
14 June 2003 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 10 – 6  Argentina
15 June 2002 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 28 – 27  Argentina 2002 France Tour
24 October 1999 Lansdowne Road, Dublin 26 – 47  France 1999 Rugby World Cup
14 November 1998 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 34 – 14  France 1998 Argentina Tour
20 June 1998 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 12 – 37  France 1998 France Tour
13 June 1998 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 18 – 35  France
26 October 1997 Stade Maurice Trélut, Tarbes 32 – 27  France Latin Cup 1997
29 June 1996 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 15 – 34  France 1996 France Tour
22 June 1996 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 27 – 34  France
21 October 1995 Estadio Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 12 – 47  France Latin Cup 1995
14 November 1992 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 20 – 24  Argentina 1992 Argentine Tour
11 July 1992 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 9 – 33  France 1992 France Tour
4 July 1992 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 12 – 27  France
11 November 1988 Stadium Lille-Metropole, Lille 28 – 18  France 1988 Argentine Tour
5 November 1988 Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes 29 – 9  France
25 June 1988 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 18 – 6  Argentina 1988 France Tour
18 June 1988 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 15 – 18  France
7 June 1986 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 9 – 22  France 1986 France Tour
31 May 1986 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 15 – 13  Argentina
29 June 1985 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 15 – 23  France 1985 France Tour
22 June 1985 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 24 – 16  Argentina
20 November 1982 Parc des Princes, Paris 13 – 6  France 1982 Argentine Tour
14 November 1982 Stadium Municipal, Toulouse 25 – 12  France
2 July 1977 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 18 – 18   draw 1977 France Tour
25 June 1977 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 26  France
25 October 1975 Parc des Princes, Paris 36 – 21  France 1975 Argentina Tour
19 October 1975 Stade de Gerland, Lyon 29 – 6  France
29 June 1974 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 27 – 31  France 1974 France Tour
20 June 1974 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 15 – 20  France
17 August 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 6 – 29  France 1960 France Tour
6 August 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 12  France
23 July 1960 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 37  France
12 September 1954 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 3 – 30  France 1954 France tour
29 August 1954 Ferro Carrill Oeste, Buenos Aires 8 – 22  France
4 September 1949 Estadio G.E.B.A., Buenos Aires 3 – 12  France 1949 France Tour
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