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Head-To-Head: Ireland v Argentina

Head-To-Head: Ireland v Argentina

See below for a statistical preview of Saturday’s crunch GUINNESS Series meeting of Ireland and Argentina at the Aviva Stadium (kick-off 2pm).

2012 GUINNESS SERIES MATCH: Saturday, November 24

IRELAND v ARGENTINA, Aviva Stadium, 2pm (live RTÉ Two/BBC Two)

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IRELAND: Simon Zebo (Cork Constitution/Munster); Tommy Bowe (Belfast Harlequins/Ulster), Keith Earls (Young Munster/Munster), Gordon D’Arcy (Lansdowne/Leinster), Craig Gilroy (Dungannon/Ulster); Jonathan Sexton (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), Conor Murray (Garryowen/Munster); Cian Healy (Clontarf/Leinster), Richardt Strauss (Old Wesley/Leinster), Mike Ross (Clontarf/Leinster), Donnacha Ryan (Shannon/Munster), Mike McCarthy (Buccaneers/Connacht), Peter O’Mahony (Cork Constitution/Munster), Chris Henry (Malone/Ulster), Jamie Heaslip (Naas/Leinster) (capt).

Replacements: Sean Cronin (St. Mary’s College/Leinster), David Kilcoyne (UL Bohemians/Munster), Michael Bent (Leinster), Donncha O’Callaghan (Cork Constitution/Munster), Iain Henderson (Ballynahinch/Ulster), Eoin Reddan (Lansdowne/Leinster), Ronan O’Gara (Cork Constitution/Munster), Fergus McFadden (Old Belvedere/Leinster).

ARGENTINA: Juan Martin Hernandez (Racing Metro 92); Gonzalo Camacho (Exeter Chiefs), Marcelo Bosch (Biarritz Olympique), Santiago Fernandez (Montpellier), Juan Imhoff (Racing Metro 92); Nicolas Sanchez (Bordeaux Begles), Martin Landajo (CASI); Marcos Ayerza (Leicester Tigers), Eusebio Guinazu (Unattached), Maximiliano Bustos (Montpellier), Manuel Carizza (Jockey Club Rosario), Julio Farias Cabello (Tucuman), Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe (Toulon) (capt), Juan Manuel Leguizamon (Lyon), Leonardo Senatore (Gimnasia Rosario).

Replacements: Agustin Creevy (Montpellier), Nahuel Lobo (Montpellier), Francisco Gomez Kodela (Biarritz Olympique), Tomas Vallejos (Scarlets), Tomas Leonardi (SIC), Nicolas Vergallo (Toulouse), Gonzalo Tiesi (SIC), Manuel Montero (Pucara).

Referee: Jaco Peyper (South Africa)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Andrew Small (England)
Television Match Official: Geoff Warren (England)


Played – 12
Ireland Won – 7
Argentina Won – 5

Ireland v Argentina: IRFU Stats Vault

Previous Meetings:

Saturday, October 27, 1990 – Tour Match – Ireland 20 Argentina 18, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, August 28, 1999 – Tour Match – Ireland 32 Argentina 24, Lansdowne Road
Wednesday, October 20, 1999 – Rugby World Cup Quarter-Final Play-Off – Argentina 28 Ireland 24, Stade Felix Bollaert
Saturday, June 3, 2000 – Summer Test – Argentina 34 Ireland 23, Ferrocaril Oeste
Saturday, November 23, 2002 – Autumn Test – Ireland 16 Argentina 7, Lansdowne Road
Sunday, October 26, 2003 – Rugby World Cup Pool A – Argentina 15 Ireland 16, Adelaide Oval
Saturday, November 27, 2004 – Autumn Test – Ireland 21 Argentina 19, Lansdowne Road
Saturday, May 26, 2007 – Summer Tour – Argentina 22 Ireland 20, Club Atletico Colon
Saturday, June 2, 2007 – Summer Tour – Argentina 16 Ireland 0, Velez Sarsfield
Sunday, September 30, 2007 – Rugby World Cup Pool D – Ireland 15 Argentina 30, Parc des Princes
Saturday, November 22, 2008 – Autumn Test – Ireland 17 Argentina 3, Croke Park
Sunday, November 28, 2010 – Autumn Test – Ireland 29 Argentina 9, Aviva Stadium

Most Points And Biggest Margins:

Ireland: Points: 32-24, 1999 Tour Match; Margin: 29-9, 2010 Autumn Test

Argentina: Points: 34-23, 2000 Summer Test; Margin: 16-0, 2007 Second Test

Individual Records In The Series Since 2002:

Most Points In A Match: Ireland 21 (Ronan O’Gara, 2004 Autumn Test); Argentina 17 (Felipe Contepomi, 2007 First Test)

Most Tries In A Match: Ireland 1 (by 8 players); Argentina 1 (by 6 players)

Top Points Scorers – Ireland v Argentina Since 2002:

57 – Ronan O’Gara
53 – Felipe Contepomi
17 – Jonathan Sexton
12 – Gonzalo Quesada
11 – Federico Todeschini

Top Try Scorers – Ireland v Argentina Since 2002:

1 – Girvan Dempsey, Rolando Martin, Alan Quinlan, Federico Martin Aramburu, Hernan Senillosa, Brian Carney, Felipe Contepomi, Horacio Agulla, Lucas Borges, Geordan Murphy, Brian O’Driscoll, Tommy Bowe, Gordon D’Arcy, Stephen Ferris

Ireland – Form Guide From Start Of The 2011 Six Nations:

Won 13-11 v Italy away (Six Nations)
Lost 25-22 v France home (Six Nations)
Won 21-18 v Scotland away (Six Nations)
Lost 19-13 v Wales away (Six Nations)
Won 24-8 v England home (Six Nations)
Lost 10-6 v Scotland away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 19-12 v France away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 26-22 v France home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 20-9 v England home (World Cup Warm-Up)
Won 22-10 v USA neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Won 15-6 v Australia neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Won 62-12 v Russia neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Won 36-6 v Italy neutral (World Cup Pool C)
Lost 22-10 v Wales neutral (World Cup Quarter-Final)
Lost 23-21 v Wales home (Six Nations)
Won 42-10 v Italy home (Six Nations)
Drew 17-17 v France away (Six Nations)
Won 32-14 v Scotland home (Six Nations)
Lost 30-9 v England away (Six Nations)
Lost 42-10 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 22-19 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 60-0 v New Zealand away (Summer Tour)
Lost 16-12 v South Africa home (Autumn Series)

Argentina – Form Guide From Start Of The 2011 Test Season:

Won 61-6 v Chile home (South American Championship)
Won 75-14 v Uruguay home (South American Championship)
Lost 28-13 v Wales away (World Cup Warm-Up)
Lost 13-9 v England neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 43-8 v Romania neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 13-12 v Scotland neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Won 25-7 v Georgia neutral (World Cup Pool B)
Lost 33-10 v New Zealand away (World Cup Quarter-Final)
Won 40-5 v Uruguay neutral (South American Championship)
Won 111-0 v Brazil neutral (South American Championship)
Won 59-6 v Chile away (South American Championship)
Won 37-22 v Italy home (Summer Series)
Won 23-20 v France home (Summer Series)
Lost 49-10 v France home (Summer Series)
Lost 27-6 v South Africa away (Rugby Championship)
Drew 16-16 v South Africa home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 21-5 v New Zealand away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 23-19 v Australia away (Rugby Championship)
Lost 54-15 v New Zealand home (Rugby Championship)
Lost 25-19 v Australia home (Rugby Championship)
Won 26-12 v Wales away (Autumn Tour)
Lost 39-22 v France away (Autumn Tour)

Ireland – Most-Capped Players:

125 Ronan O’Gara
120 Brian O’Driscoll
105 John Hayes
98 Peter Stringer
92 Malcolm O’Kelly
89 Donncha O’Callaghan
85 Paul O’Connell
82 Girvan Dempsey
72 David Humphreys
72 David Wallace
72 Geordan Murphy
70 Kevin Maggs
70 Gordon D’Arcy
69 Mike Gibson

Ireland – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

1075 Ronan O’Gara
560 David Humphreys
308 Michael Kiernan
296 Eric Elwood
248 Jonathan Sexton
240 Brian O’Driscoll
217 Ollie Campbell
158 Tom Kiernan

Ireland – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

45 Brian O’Driscoll
29 Denis Hickie
24 Tommy Bowe
21 Shane Horgan
19 Girvan Dempsey
18 Geordan Murphy
17 Brendan Mullin
16 Ronan O’Gara
15 Kevin Maggs
15 Keith Wood

Argentina – Most-Capped Players:

86 Lisandro Arbizu
86 Rolando Martin
84 Mario Ledesma
79 Felipe Contepomi
78 Pedro Sporleder
73 Federico Mendez
71 Agustin Pichot
65 Ignacio Fernandez Lobbe
65 Omar Hasan
63 Diego Cuesta Silva
60 Martin Durand

Argentina – All-Time Leading Points Scorers:

631 Felipe Contepomi
590 Hugo Porta
486 Gonzalo Quesada
365 Santiago Meson
256 Federico Todeschini
188 Lisandro Arbizu
158 Juan Fernandez Miranda

Argentina – All-Time Leading Try Scorers:

29 Jose Nunez Piossek
28 Diego Cuesta Silva
24 Gustavo Jorge
18 Rolando Martin
18 Facundo Soler
17 Lisandro Arbizu
17 Hernan Senillosa
15 Felipe Contepomi

World Rugby All-Time Top Points Scorers:

1381 Dan Carter (New Zealand)
1246 Jonny Wilkinson (1179-England, 67-Lions)
1090 Neil Jenkins (1049-Wales, 41-Lions)
1075 Ronan O’Gara (Ireland)
1010 Diego Dominguez (27-Argentina, 983-Italy)
970 Stephen Jones (917-Wales, 53-Lions)
967 Andrew Mehrtens (New Zealand)
911 Michael Lynagh (Australia)
893 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
878 Matt Burke (Australia)
809 Chris Paterson (Scotland)

World Rugby All-Time Top Try Scorers:

64 David Campese (Australia)
60 Shane Williams (58-Wales, 2-Lions)
50 Rory Underwood (49-England, 1-Lions)
49 Doug Howlett (New Zealand)
47 Bryan Habana (South Africa)
46 Christian Cullen (New Zealand)
46 Joe Rokocoko (New Zealand)
46 Brian O’Driscoll (45-Ireland, 1-Lions)
44 Jeff Wilson (New Zealand)
41 Gareth Thomas (40-Wales, 1-Lions)
40 Chris Latham (Australia)

(Note: Daisuke Ohata scored 69 tries for Japan, but not all against major international opposition)

The ‘100 Caps’ Club:

139 George Gregan (Australia)
127 Ronan O’Gara (125-Ireland, 2-Lions)
126 Brian O’Driscoll (120-Ireland, 6-Lions)
119 Jason Leonard (114-England, 5-Lions)
118 Fabien Pelous (France)
114 Richie McCaw (New Zealand)
114 Nathan Sharpe (Australia)
111 Philippe Sella (France)
111 John Smit (South Africa)
110 George Smith (Australia)
110 Victor Matfield (South Africa)
110 Stephen Jones (104-Wales, 6-Lions)
109 Chris Paterson (Scotland)
107 John Hayes (105-Ireland, 2-Lions)
104 Martyn Williams (100-Wales, 4-Lions)
103 Gareth Thomas (100-Wales, 3-Lions)
102 Percy Montgomery (South Africa)
102 Stephen Larkham (Australia)
101 David Campese (Australia)
101 Alessandro Troncon (Italy)
101 Keven Mealamu (New Zealand)
100 Mils Muliaina (New Zealand)