History of rugby union matches between Argentina and New Zealand

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The New Zealand All Blacks first played against Argentina (Los Pumas) on 30 October 1976, but New Zealand did not award test caps for the two internationals on that tour, nor for Argentina's first internationals in New Zealand in 1979. The first Test match recognised as such by both teams was held on 26 October 1985, on a New Zealand tour of Argentina. In full Tests the teams have met 20 times, with New Zealand winning 19 and one drawn. New Zealand also won all the four early matches where only Argentina awarded caps. They have only met twice at the Rugby World Cup, having been in the same pool at the inaugural tournament in 1987 and then again in 2011.

Starting in 2012, the teams will meet twice annually in The Rugby Championship, formerly known as the Tri Nations before Argentina's entry in that year.

Summary[edit]

Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.

Overall[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Argentina
Won by
 New Zealand
Drawn Argentina points New Zealand points
In Argentina 9 0 8 1 143 291
In New Zealand 11 0 11 0 117 528
Neutral venue 0 0 0 0 0 0
Overall 20 0 19 1 260 816

Records[edit]

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

Record Argentina New Zealand
Longest winning streak NA 18 (1 Jun 1987–Present)
Largest points for
Home 21 (2 November 1985) 93 (21 June 1997)
Away 19 (23 June 2001) 54 (29 September 2012)
Largest winning margin
Home NA 85 (21 June 1997)
Away NA 39 (29 September 2012)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Comments
21 17 July 2015 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 2015 Rugby Championship
20 27 September 2014 Estadio Único, La Plata 13 – 34  New Zealand 2014 Rugby Championship
19 6 September 2014 McLean Park, Napier 28 – 9  New Zealand
18 28 September 2013 Estadio Único, La Plata 15 – 33  New Zealand 2013 Rugby Championship
17 7 September 2013 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 28 – 13  New Zealand
16 29 September 2012 Estadio Único, La Plata 15 – 54  New Zealand 2012 Rugby Championship
15 8 September 2012 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 21 – 5  New Zealand
14 9 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland 33 – 10  New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup
13 24 June 2006 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 19 – 25  New Zealand
12 26 June 2004 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 41 – 7  New Zealand
11 1 December 2001 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires 20 – 24  New Zealand
10 23 June 2001 Jade Stadium, Christchurch 67 – 19  New Zealand
9 28 June 1997 Rugby Park, Hamilton 62 – 10  New Zealand
8 21 June 1997 Athletic Park, Wellington 93 – 8  New Zealand
7 13 July 1991 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 6 – 36  New Zealand
6 6 July 1991 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 14 – 28  New Zealand
5 29 July 1989 Athletic Park, Wellington 49 – 12  New Zealand
4 15 July 1989 Carisbrook, Dunedin 60 – 9  New Zealand
3 1 June 1987 Athletic Park, Wellington 46 – 15  New Zealand 1987 Rugby World Cup
2 2 November 1985 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 21 – 21   draw
1 26 October 1985 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 20 – 33  New Zealand

XV Results[edit]

Below is a list of matches that Argentina has awarded matches test match status by virtue of awarding caps, but New Zealand did not award caps.

Date Venue Score Winner Competition Comments
30 October 1976 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 9 – 21  New Zealand Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV, not the 1st XV
6 November 1976 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 6 – 26  New Zealand Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV, not the 1st XV
8 September 1979 Carisbrook, Dunedin 18 – 9  New Zealand Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV, not the 1st XV
15 September 1979 Athletic Park, Wellington 15 – 6  New Zealand Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand XV, not the 1st XV

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