World Ranking: 8
Odds of Winning: 100/1
Road to Qualification: Qualified through position in RWC 2011.
Argentina 12 – 26 South Africa
South Africa 25 – 37 Argentina
Argentina 9 – 34 Australia
New Zealand 39 – 18 Argentina
World Cup Pool Games:
|Sunday, 20 September 15||16:45||New Zealand||v||Argentina
|Friday, 25 September 15||16:45||Argentina||v||Georgia||Kingsholm|
|Sunday, 4 October 15||14:30||Argentina||v||Tonga||Leicester City Stadium
|Sunday, 11 October 15||12:00||Argentina||v||Namibia
||Leicester City Stadium|
- Strong Pack
- Good halfbacks
- Skillful ball handlers
- Lack of a cutting edge
- Poor record against “bigger” teams
- Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe – This back-rower has the most test experience of any other player in the squad with 64 caps. As a regular player for top-flight French club Toulon, he’s bound to be a rock for this relatively inexperienced Argentina side.
Credit to Sebastian RCT
- Tomas Cubelli – Cubelli is quick and skillful scrum half who has a lot of pace and the ability to bring the Argentine backline to life. He’s also been known to be quite inventive as he showed with the Barbarians last year.
- Juan Imhoff – This winger plays his club Rugby in France for Racing 92 and possesses that lethal combination of strength and speed. A veteran of the last World Cup, he will be looking to put the points on the board that will take Argentina into the Quarter Finals.
Credit to The Great Rugby World
Agustín Creevy (Hooker) (Captain)
Julián Montoya (Hooker)
Marcos Ayerza (Prop)
Juan Pablo Orlandi (Prop)
Ramiro Herrera (Prop)
Lucas Noguera Paz (Prop)
Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (Prop)
Guido Petti Pagadizábal
Juan Martín Fernández Lobbe (Flanker)
Juan Manuel Leguizamón (Flanker)
Pablo Matera (Flanker)
Javier Ortega Desio (Flanker)
Facundo Isa (No 8)
Leonardo Senatore (No 8)
Santiago González Iglesias
Jerónimo de la Fuente
Juan Martín Hernández
Juan Pablo Socino
Horacio Agulla (Wing)
Santiago Cordero (Wing)
Juan Imhoff (Wing)
Lucas González Amorosino (Fullback)
Joaquín Tuculet (Fullback)
In recent tournaments Argentina have had a fairly good go at the Rugby World Cup, making the Quarters in ’99 and ’11 and unbelievably coming third in ’07. Argentina are one of those teams that thrive on the underdog label and always play well against big opposition even if the scoreline is a bit too one sided than what they’d hoped. Following the double hammering of France in 2007 to take the bronze, Argentina have since joined the Rugby championship meaning they play against South Africa, New Zealand and Australia every year.
There were questions as to whether this move would weaken the side or make them stronger and it seems a recent run of big scalps for Los Pumas has answered that question emphatically. In 2014 they won their first Rugby Championship match, against Australia at home. Not too long after they took their giant slaying form on the road and drop-goaled France to death in Paris before going over to South Africa in this years Rugby Championship and embarrassing the Springboks with a 37-25 win.
As for their chances in this World Cup, Argentina have been placed in a pool that with the exception of New Zealand, they should be able to climb out of fairly easily. Leaving the pool, Argentina would most likely find themselves against France or Ireland, either of whom they can beat on a good day. Could this be the year of the Puma?