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 25 times, with New Zealand winning 24 and one drawn. New Zealand also won all the four early matches where only Argentina awarded caps, they have met three times at the Rugby World Cup, having been in the same pool at the inaugural tournament in 1987, then at the quarterfinals in 2011 and then again in the pool stage in 2015.

Since 2012, the teams have met twice annually in The Rugby Championship, formerly known as the Tri Nations before Argentina's entry in that year, except in 2015. Due to that year's Rugby World Cup, an abbreviated edition of The Rugby Championship was held with each side playing the others only once.

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 11 0 10 1 170 363
In New Zealand 14 0 14 0 179 663
Neutral venue 1 0 1 0 16 26
Overall 26 0 25 1 365 1049

Records[edit]

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

Record Argentina New Zealand
Longest winning streak NA 24 (1 Jun 1987–Present)
Largest points for
Home 21 (2 November 1985) 93 (21 June 1997)
Away 22 (12 September 2017) 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 Competition
1 26 October 1985 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 20 – 33  New Zealand
2 2 November 1985 Estadio Ricardo Etcheverry, Buenos Aires 21 – 21   draw
3 1 June 1987 Athletic Park, Wellington 46 – 15  New Zealand 1987 Rugby World Cup
4 15 July 1989 Carisbrook, Dunedin 60 – 9  New Zealand
5 29 July 1989 Athletic Park, Wellington 49 – 12  New Zealand
6 6 July 1991 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 14 – 28  New Zealand
7 13 July 1991 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 6 – 36  New Zealand
8 21 June 1997 Athletic Park, Wellington 93 – 8  New Zealand
9 28 June 1997 Rugby Park, Hamilton 62 – 10  New Zealand
10 23 June 2001 Jade Stadium, Christchurch 67 – 19  New Zealand
11 1 December 2001 River Plate Stadium, Buenos Aires 20 – 24  New Zealand
12 26 June 2004 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 41 – 7  New Zealand
13 24 June 2006 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 19 – 25  New Zealand
14 9 October 2011 Eden Park, Auckland 33 – 10  New Zealand 2011 Rugby World Cup
15 8 September 2012 Westpac Stadium, Wellington 21 – 5  New Zealand 2012 Rugby Championship
16 29 September 2012 Estadio Único, La Plata 15 – 54  New Zealand
17 7 September 2013 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 28 – 13  New Zealand 2013 Rugby Championship
18 28 September 2013 Estadio Único, La Plata 15 – 33  New Zealand
19 6 September 2014 McLean Park, Napier 28 – 9  New Zealand 2014 Rugby Championship
20 27 September 2014 Estadio Único, La Plata 13 – 34  New Zealand
21 17 July 2015 AMI Stadium, Christchurch 39 – 18  New Zealand 2015 Rugby Championship
22 20 September 2015 Wembley Stadium, London 26 – 16  New Zealand 2015 Rugby World Cup Pool C
23 10 September 2016 Waikato Stadium, Hamilton 57 – 22  New Zealand 2016 Rugby Championship
24 1 October 2016 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 17 – 36  New Zealand
25 9 September 2017 Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth 39 – 22  New Zealand 2017 Rugby Championship
26 30 September 2017 José Amalfitani Stadium, Buenos Aires 10 – 36  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 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
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
8 September 1979 Carisbrook, Dunedin 18 – 9  New Zealand Not classed as a full international by New Zealand who fielded a New Zealand 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

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