Argentina put up a brave fight against the host nation new Zealand in the quarter-final in Auckland. They were in the match up until the last quarter when the Kiwis scored a couple of tries to give a large score line gap and one that did not do justice to the efforts of the South American outfit. There is no doubt that with the Pumas becoming the fourth nation in the southern hemisphere international tournament they will get stronger and better and will be a force when the next Rugby World Cup is contested in England 2015.
The Pumas had undoubtadly their best World Cup in France in 2007 when they finished third, beating hosts France by a convincing 34-10 to claim the position having given eventual winner South Africa a scare in the semi-finals. This result gave them automatic selection into the 2011 competition and for the first time they were seeded in Pool B.
Argentina are renowned for their power and strength. Their eight man drive is feared in the game and an awesome attacking option. Since 2001 when Argentina toured the UK, going home with impressive victories over Wales and Scotland. The Puma's have continued to develop beating Wales twice in 2006 and running New Zealand close on Argentinean soil as well as posting wins against England. Form like that sees the blue and white hoops currently ranked reguarly in the top 10 in the world.
Argentina have launched new shirts for the Rugby World Cup in 2011. The shirt has changed from previous versions mainly in the style of the colour scheme which retains the blue and white but now in hoops both on the body and sleeves. The shirt is made by Adidas and features the Rugby World Cup logo, as with most other shirts it has no collar and short sleeves. To place your order and view other Argentine shirts visit the Argentina Shirts page.
Historically Argentina relied on one or two players who had professional contracts in Europe. But the game is now professional in Argentina and with the added bonus of inclusion in the tri-nations they continue to develop a powerful squad of players to compete at the top level.
Argentina who made great strides forward in the last World Cup, will be a force and we expect them to put up a tough fight in Pool B where they will feel they have failed if they do not finish first or second.