The first weekend of March saw the US play against Argentina in the LA Sevens event. This match ended with a win for the US which was the first victory that the team obtained on home soil. This is the second title they have won the World Rugby Sevens Series.
The Australia and South Africa looks the pace, on the other hand, Argentina is yet to make a breakthrough
In the series of Irish and British Lions, the All Blacks juggernaut hit in a road bump, but for the world champions, it should be a usual business when they take on Australia, Argentina and South Africa in the Rugby Championship.
When New Zealand took the title last year, they reduced their opponents to road kill by winning all six matches that they played with try-scoring points (bonus) and with crushing win bookending their campaign in South Africa (57-15) and Australia (42-8).
The pressure that the Lions were able to impose the All Blacks in June and July under in their drawn series would offer hope for the Springboks and Wallabies and were not the proud nations of rugby at such a low ebb.
The tickets for the rugby test game between the All Blacks and the Argentina Rugby team would be out in no more than a fortnight and Taranaki fans are already being urged to go get their tickets on time.
The test game which would be holding on September 9 at the Yarrow Stadium is expected to sell out just like last time in 2013 when the world champions went in against France at New Plymouth.
Volunteers as well as the sport supporters and fans who signed up with Taranaki Rugby for a season membership have been able to pre-book their tickets for the game. However, the tickets would be open to the general public from noon on Thursday, June 29.
Speaking, Geoff Hitchcock, the commercial manager noted that fans would be able to purchase the tickets at the TSB Showplace, and not at TaranakiRugby.
Argentina rugby team has been playing well and their strength might be seen as a threat to established rugby nations as well.
This year the country has done well; recently they were able to defeat the Canadians in their home league run the Super Sevens. The team is also gearing up to host England as they come into play two Test matches in the country. No matter what the outcome would be Argentina will surely benefit from playing against England, a team that has developed their skills considerably and has had an almost uninterrupted series of wins since last year.
Today Argentina rugby team is placed alongside teams like South Africa. Together they are seen as formidable opponents for countries like New Zealand. The All Blacks would be participating in the Rugby World Cup to be held in Japan in the year 2019. They are already eyeing the South African and Argentina teams to be potential threats that need to be taken seriously.
Tries in the second half by Santiago Medrano and Segundo Tuclet in the match between Argentina and Canada, helped the Argentina Rugby team finish with a 20-6 win over their Canadian counterparts.
Also, USA narrowly came off with a 29-23 win over Uruguay in their opening match of the competition, as a go-ahead try in the 61st minute scored by the US captain Blaine Scully gave them the inevitable lead.
With these wins, Argentina and the US joins Brazil atop the table. Brazil had previously humiliated Chile to a 17-3 defeat in the first match of the competition played on Friday,
The Argentina-Canada clash played in suburban Victoria saw snow frustrate the scoring attempts made by the both teams in the first half of the match.
However, early penalty kicks by Gordon McRorie, Canada’s captain and Domingo Miotti of Argentina put them both at a 3-3 deadlock by halftime.
Argentina’s Rugby team’s failure to win the rugby game played against England means that the Englishmen continues their winning streak, having made use of 14 men for about 74 minutes of the game.
The heroic victory has ensured that the unbeaten run of the England team came up to a total of 13 games, with 12 won with Eddie Jones in the driving seat. They had previously sealed a 27-14 win in the Old Mutual Wealth Series, in the third match played against Los Pumas.
Elliot Daly had taken out Leonardo Senatore in the air on six minutes and was subsequently serves a red card. Despite this, the team was able to show great adversity and move further to clinch victory.
At half time, the Eddie Jones side was in the lead after three penalties by Owen Farrell and a conversion from penalty try blessed them with a nine point advantage as Facundo Isa barged over just before the game went on break.
Gone are the days when you were a Black Cap or Springboks fan and did not have to worry about losing if your teams played against Argentina in the rugby international game.
Argentineans are slowly but surely embracing rugby and the support for their rugby team is far better than it was before. Rugby is getting hugely popular in Argentina and one day will come when Argentineans is passionate about rugby like they are for football.
The national rugby team of Argentina has a nickname Los Pumas and the team normally plays in the sky blue and white jerseys, which is like their National football team jersey. Argentina entered the international rugby union fray in 1910. At present, the team is ranked as the fifth best team in the international rankings. Every team is wary of the power and the prowess of the Argentinean team and one their given day, they can easily knock down top opponents like Australia and New Zealand.
The Argentinean Rugby Union team played their best at the 2015 World Cup and they’re showing at this World Cup was the best that they had achieved in their World Cup history. Before the World Cup, they played at their best to enter the semi finals of the Rugby Championships. This was followed by another semifinal appearance at the 2015 World Cup. The Argentineans started 2015 World Cup against favorites New Zealand and gave them a tough fight before losing 26-16. They went on to beat Ireland in the quarters and faced Australia in the semis that were won by Australia.
Argentina showed their class and renewed form at the recently concluded 2016 Rio Olympics. They finished in the second position at the end of the group stage and qualified for the quarter finals. They were defeated 5-0 by Great Britain in the quarter finals and then beat Australia 26-21 in the 5th to 8th place standing game. They finally lost to New Zealand in the 5th place play off 17-14 to finish the Olympics run in the 6th position.
In a one off Rugby Test match the Pumas prevailed as Argentina beat Italy.
Eddie Jones had his visitors put up a score that was record breaking. It was against his countrymen and it resulted in a blood bath in a Brisbane playing field. The Pumas helped Argentina get a win over Italy with a score of 30-24. The win came about in Santa Fe where the game was held. Nicolas Sanchez who had the role of a fly half helped to get the match settled. It was part of the June Test series. About 20 points were obtained from a conversion and six penalties. Argentina initially started off with players from the Jaguares Super Rugby. This franchise worked well for the country. They will now be facing France in a series of two Tests. It would take place in Tucuman which is a northwestern city.
The center player, Juan Martin Hernandez played brilliantly who set up Manuel Montero, the winger. The first try that they made in the 25th minute worked out for them. Italy had put up a strong defense. This made it hard for the Argentina team. They were unable to run for the ball clearly. There came a break on the hour mark when Sanchez was able to lead. Matias Moroni then took over to try for the Pumas a second time.
The clash between Argentina and Australia in the Rugby championship will be hosted at Twickenham.
Pumas would be hosting the Wallabies in what promises to be a repeat of the semi final match as seen in the Rugby World Cup. This venue would also stand testimony to a championship test being played outside the competing countries. If you revisit the semifinal win in Australia last October over Argentina, you will find David Pocock beating Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe. It was definitely a thrilling moment for all fans of world rugby.
With the Argentina and Australian teams ready for a test match as part of the Rugby championship, Twickenham will prove to be a different venue for both teams. The tournament has been organized by Sanzaar. It was confirmed to be held on 8th October, a Saturday which is a date when the fixture will make history and hold a match outside of the familiar venues in South Africa, New Zealand, Argentina and Australia.
Ireland assistant coach Richie Murphy has stated that Scrum-half Conor Murray is quite “lucky” enough to be fit to play against Italy after being hold by the boot of England’s Mike Brown. Murphy had to go under 8 stitches across his left eye after Mike tried to kick the ball from his hands during their match earlier on Saturday. England won that match.