History of rugby union matches between Argentina and England

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The national rugby union teams of England and Argentina (Los Pumas) have been playing each other since 1978. The status of the first match is ambiguous, as Argentina awarded Test caps to its players but England did not (England sent a representative "England XV", not the 1st XV).

They have met in 23 matches recognised by both sides as Tests. The first match was on 30 May 1981 and was a 19-19 draw. The 1982 war between Britain and Argentina meant that their next encounter was not until 1990.

Including the ambiguous 1978 game, Argentina have played England 24 times with England winning 18, Argentina 4 with 2 drawn.

Summary[edit]

Note: Summary below reflects test results by both teams.

Overall[edit]

Details Played Won by
 Argentina
Won by
 England
Drawn Argentina points England points
In England 9 1 8 0 101 240
In Argentina 12 3 8 1 235 332
Neutral venue 2 0 2 0 27 37
Overall 23 4 18 1 363 609

Records[edit]

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

Record Argentina England
Longest winning streak 1 (13 June 2009) 9 (14 Nov 2009–Present)
Largest points for
Home 34 (10 June 2017) 51 (3 November 1990)
Away 25 (11 November 2006) 51 (15 June 2013)
Largest winning margin
Home 20 (7 June 1997) 51 (3 November 1990)
Away 7 (11 November 2006) 29 (8 June 2013)

Results[edit]

No. Date Venue Score Winner Competition Match report
1 30 May 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 19 – 19   draw 1981 England tour
2 6 June 1981 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 6 – 12  England
3 28 July 1990 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 12 – 25  England 1990 England tour
4 4 August 1990 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 15 – 13  Argentina
5 3 November 1990 Twickenham, London 51 – 0  England 1990 tour of British Isles
6 27 May 1995 Kings Park Stadium, Durban, South Africa 24 – 18  England 1995 Rugby World Cup
7 14 December 1996 Twickenham, London 20 – 18  England
8 31 May 1997 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 20 – 46  England 1997 England tour
9 7 June 1997 Ferrocarril Stadium, Buenos Aires 33 – 13  Argentina
10 25 November 2000 Twickenham, London 19 – 0  England 2000 Autumn International
11 22 June 2002 Vélez Sársfield, Buenos Aires 18 – 26  England
12 11 November 2006 Twickenham, London 18 – 25  Argentina 2006 Autumn International BBC Report
13 6 June 2009 Old Trafford, Manchester 37 – 15  England BBC Report
14 13 June 2009 Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 24 – 22  Argentina BBC Report
15 14 November 2009 Twickenham, London 16 – 9  England 2009 Autumn International BBC Report
16 10 September 2011 Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand 13 – 9  England 2011 Rugby World Cup
17 8 June 2013 Estadio Padre Ernesto Martearena, Salta 3 – 32  England 2013 England tour to Argentina
18 15 June 2013 Estadio José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires 26 – 51  England
19 9 November 2013 Twickenham, London 31 – 12  England 2013 Autumn International BBC Report
20 26 November 2016 Twickenham, London 27 – 14  England 2016 Autumn International
21 10 June 2017 Estadio Bicentenario, San Juan 34 – 38  England 2017 England tour to Argentina BBC Report
22 17 June 2017 Estadio Brigadier General Estanislao López, Santa Fe 25 – 35  England
23 11 November 2017 Twickenham, London 21 – 8  England 2017 Autumn International

XV Result[edit]

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

Date Venue Score Winner Competition Comments
14 October 1978 Twickenham, London 13 – 13 draw 1978 Argentina tour Not classed as a full international by England who played as an England XV, 12 players from the XV played against the All Blacks one month later.[citation needed]

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