2012 France rugby union tour of Argentina
|2012 France rugby union tour of Argentina|
|Tour captain(s)||Pascal Papé|
|Top point scorer(s)||Frédéric Michalak (38)|
|Top try scorer(s)||Yoann Huget (2)
Geoffrey Doumayrou (2)
|Top test point scorer(s)||Frédéric Michalak (19)|
|Top test try scorer(s)||Yoann Huget (2)|
|Previous tour||South Africa & Argentina 2010|
|Next tour||New Zealand 2013|
The previous French tour of Argentina took place in 2010 as part of a global Two Test tour of South Africa and Argentina, where France lost to both nations. France's last winning tour of Argentina dated back to 1998 when the touring side claimed victory in both Tests. Since then France had an overall losing record against Argentina with 5 wins (4 at home and 1 in Ireland in the 1999 Rugby World Cup) and 7 losses (3 at home including two in the 2007 Rugby World Cup and 4 in Argentina).
No mid-week fixture had been planned for this tour, however most of the French squad, styled for the occasion as the "XV du Président", played a warm-up fixture against a team hand-picked by Serge Betsen, a former France international, for his jubilee.
The series was drawn 1-1, Argentina winning the first test and France the second.
Argentina and France's next encounter took place on 17 November 2012 on French soil as part of the 2012 end of year tests. France claimed another victory (39-22) against their old foes.
Argentina experienced a strong start in the 2011 Rugby World Cup with a rather successful pool stage, finishing runners-up to England with three wins (over Georgia, Romania and Scotland) and a narrow loss to England (9-13). However the Pumas were unable to capitalise on it when they met future World Champions the All Blacks in the quarter-finals, losing 33-10.
France, on the other hand, experienced a rather slow start in the competition with two wins (over Japan and Canada) and two losses (to New Zealand and Tonga), finishing runners-up to New Zealand on the virtue of a greater tally of bonus points than Tonga (who also finished with two wins and two losses). However France produced a stronger showing in the knock-out stages, beating England in the quarter-finals (19-12), Wales in the semi-finals (9-8) and losing with the narrowest of margins to New Zealand in the final (8-7).
As a result on 2 April France had dropped to the 6th place in the IRB Rankings while Argentina remained on the 7th spot.
Before the first test between France and Argentina they remained respectively on the 6th and 7th spot in the IRB Rankings.
|Serge Betsen's XV||14 - 54||XV du Président|
Con: Mehrtens (2)
Con: Michalak (7)
- 6 players from the XV du Président (all among the replacements) were not originally included in the French squad that toured Argentina. Arnaud Héguy, Yannick Forestier, Alexandre Flanquart, Damien Chouly, Florian Cazenave and Henry Chavancy respectively replaced Christopher Tolofua, Vincent Debaty, Yoann Maestri and Christophe Samson, Louis Picamoles, Morgan Parra and Wesley Fofana and Florian Fritz, on club duty for the Top 14 playoffs. (Jean-Marcellin Buttin was also on club duty but no additional player was called to replace him as Brice Dulin filled the full-back position.)
|Try: Agulla 4' c
Montero 76' c
Con: Contepomi (2/2) 5', 77'
Pen: Contepomi (3/6) 24', 39', 56'
|Report||Try: Picamoles 26' m
Con: Parra (0/1)
Pen: Parra (4/5) 3', 10', 22', 43'
Trinh-Duc (1/1) 52'
- Brice Dulin, Romain Taofifenua, Christopher Tolofua and Yvan Watremez made their full international debuts for France in this match.
- Rodrigo Baez made his full international debut for Argentina in this match.
- With this match Argentina extended their winning streak at home against France to 5 games and 10 years and overcame them in the IRB Rankings (swapping their 7th place with France's 6th).
|Try: Vega 74' c
Con: Contepomi 1/1 74'
Pen: Contepomi 1/1 25'
|Try: Fall 11' c
Huget (2) 33' c, 62' m
Machenaud 39' c
Mermoz 55' c
Con: Michalak 5/6 12', 33', 40', 56', 68'
Pen: Michalak 3/3 17', 27', 30'
- Facundo Barrea made his full international debut for Argentina in this match.
- Maxime Machenaud and Christophe Samson made their full international debuts for France in this match.
- France won the Series, tied 1-1, on points difference (69-33).
- With this victory France ended a 14-year timespan without a win against the Pumas on Argentinian soil, the previous victorious Test dating back to 28 June 1998, and once again overcame Argentina in the IRB Rankings.
- Caps updated before the June tour. Ages are as of the first Test on 16 June.
Head Coach: Philippe Saint-André
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
Note*: After he sustained an injury in the First Test, Yvan Watremez was replaced in the squad by Thomas Domingo. (Philippe Saint-André originally planned to call up Castres prop Yannick Forestier but the latter was touring Japan with the French Barbarians and no satisfactory travel arrangement could be made, hence prompting the return of Domingo in the French squad after he sustained an important injury prior to the 2011 Rugby World Cup which prevented him from taking part in the competition and playing the major part of the 2011-2012 season with his club.)
Note**: Although they took part in the warm-up fixture, Geoffrey Doumayrou, Antoine Guillamon and Romain Martial failed to appear in any of the Tests, thus remaining uncapped at the end of the Tour.
Coaching and Management Team
Argentina's 29-man squad named for the 2012 June Tests against Italy and France. Coach Santiago Phelan decided not to select any player involved in the Top 14 playoffs, reserving his best squad for the upcoming 2012 Rugby Championship. Esteban Lozada was a late addition to the squad after his recovery from injury.
Head Coach: Santiago Phelan