The Australian Wallabies first played against Argentina (Los Pumas) on 27 October 1979, resulting in a win to Argentina. The teams have met seventeen times, with Australia winning twelve, Argentina four and one match drawn. Two of the encounters have been Rugby World Cup pool matches, in 1991 and 2003.The teams' next Tests will be in the 2013 Rugby Championship where Australia will be trying to defend the Puma Trophy.Australia: 15 Israel Folau, 14 Nick Cummins, 13 Adam-Ashley Cooper, 12 Christian Lealiifano, 11 James O'Connor, 10 Quade Cooper, 9 Will Genia, 8 Ben Mowen, 7 Michael Hooper, 6 Scott Fardy, 5 James Horwill (captain), 4 Rob Simmons, 3 Sekope Kepu, 2 Stephen Moore, 1 James Slipper.
Replacements: 16 Saia Faingaa, 17 Scott Sio, 18 Ben Alexander, 19 Kane Douglas, 20 Jake Schatz, 21 Nic White, 22 Matt Toomua, 23 Jesse Mogg.
The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed Los Pumas, represents Argentina in international rugby union matches. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR, from the Spanish: Unión Argentina de Rugby).Argentina played its first international rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. As of May 2013 they are ranked 8th in the world by the IRB, making them the highest-ranked nation in the Americas. They have competed at every Rugby World Cup staged since the inaugural tournament of 1987, and the country is undefeated against all American nations, with the exception of Canada, against whom they have suffered two losses out of eight test matches.Although rugby union is nowhere near as popular as football in Argentina, Los Pumas' impressive results since the 1999 World Cup have seen the sport's popularity grow significantly. Argentina has achieved several upset victories, are tough contenders when playing in Buenos Aires, and are fully capable of regularly defeating Six Nations sides. A surprise victory over the hosts France in the first game of the 2007 World Cup took Argentina to fourth in the IRB World Rankings. The team were undefeated in their pool, and reached the semi-finals for the first time, beating Scotland 19–13 in their quarter-final. They were defeated 37–13 by eventual winners South Africa in the semi-finals, but followed this up with a second win over France to claim third place overall.
In March 2008 the team reached an all-time high of third in the IRB World Rankings. As of 23 March 2001 Argentina ranked fifth in the world behind Australia, South Africa, New Zealand and Ireland, but have since slipped to 8th place.After their advances in competitiveness and performance during the 2000s, coupled with their location in the Southern Hemisphere, Argentina was invited to play in the 2012 The Rugby Championship tournament against the national teams of New Zealand, South Africa and Australia. The team managed only one draw in the 2012 Rugby Championship, but annual exposure to the standards and style of southern hemisphere international rugby is widely expected to see Argentina improve over coming seasons.
Argentina national rugby team:
Agustin Creevy,Eusebio Guinazu,Marcos Ayerza,Matias Diaz,Juan Figallo,Nahuel Lobo,Juan Pablo Orlandi,Patricio Albacete,Manuel Carizza,Mariano Galarza,Tomas Lavanini,Julio Farias Cabello,Juan Manuel Leguizamon,Benjamin Macome,Pablo Matera,Juan Martin Fernandez
Leonardo Senatore,Tomas Cubelli,Martin Landajo,Felipe Contepomi,Nicolas Sanchez,Marcelo Bosch,Santiago Fernandez,Martin Rodriguez
Gonzalo Tiesi,Joaquin Tuculet,Horacio Agulla,Gonzalo Camacho,Juan Imhoff,Lucas Gonzalez Amorosino,Juan Martin Hernandez