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1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy

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1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy

The 1978 Argentina rugby union tour of Britain, Ireland and Italy was a series of nine matches played by the Argentina national rugby union team in September and October 1978.

Six of the nine matches were played in England, with the tourists going on to play one match each in Wales, Ireland and Italy. Argentina won five matches, lost three and drew one. The draw came against the England national rugby union team, although England did not award full international caps for the fixture.

The tour captain, Hugo Porta, played all nine games, scored 94 of the team's 157 points on tour and, according to Rothmans Rugby Yearbook, "established himself as one of the world's great players" on the tour[1]


Scores and results list Argentina's points tally first.
Opposing Team Result For Against Date Venue
Southern Counties Won 39 9 September 27 Iffley Road Oxford
London Division Lost 15 22 September 30 Twickenham, London
Northern Division Lost 6 20 October 4 Bridge Road, Headingley
North Midlands Won 22 14 October 7 The Reddings, Moseley
English Students Won 15 9 October 10 Kingsholm, Gloucester
ENGLAND XV Drew 13 13 October 14 Twickenham, London
Wales 'B' Won 17 14 October 17 Stradey Park, Llanelli
Leinster Won 24 13 October 21 Lansdowne Road, Dublin
ITALY Lost 6 19 October 24 Rovigo

The matches

Southern Counties

September 27
England Southern Counties 9 - 39 Argentina Argentina XV
Pen: I. Gale 3
Try: Porta, Cappelletti, Cerioni
Madero, Puccio, Petersen
Con: Porta 3
Pen: Porta 3
Ifley Road, Oxford
Referee: Jean Pierre Bonnet France (France)

London Division

September 30
England London Division 22 - 15 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Ripley, French, Prestan
Con: Bushell 2
Pen: Bushell 2
Try: Madero
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta
Drop: Porta, Sansot
Twickenham Stadium, London
Referee: Corris Thomas Wales (Wales)

Northern Division

October 4
England Northern Division 20- 6 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Slemen, Boyd , Horton, Penalty try
Con: Young
Pen: Boyd 2
Pen: Sansot
Drop: Sansot
Bridge Road, Headingley
Referee: A. Bryce Scotland (Scotland)

North Midlands

October 7
England North Midlands 14 - 22 Argentina Argentina XV
The Reddings, Ireland)

The English Students

October 10
England English Students 9 - 15 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: I. Wilkins
Con: Rose
Pen: Rose
Try: Porta
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta 3
Kingsholm, Gloucester
Referee: Norman Sanson Scotland (Scotland)


October 14
England England XV 13 - 13 Argentina Argentina
Try: Gifford, Squires
Con: Bushell
Drop: Horton
Try: Campo, Passaglia
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta

England XV=15. Kevin Bushell, 14.Peter Squires, 13. Peter Warfield, 12.Paul Dodge, 11.Mike Slemen, 10.John Horton, 9.Chris Gifford, 1.Barry Nelmes, 2.Peter Wheeler, 3.Fran Cotton, 4.Bill Beaumont, 5.Maurice Colclough, 6.Peter Dixon, 7.Mike Rafter, 8.John Scott

Argentina15.Martin Sansot, 14.Marcelo Campo, 13.Marcelo Loffreda, 12.Rafael Madero, 11.Adolfo Cappelletti, 10.Hugo Porta (c), 9.Tomas Landajo, 8.Gabriel Travaglini, 6.H├ęctor Silva, 7.Tomas Petersen, 5.Alejandro Iachetti, 4.Ricardo Passaglia, 3.Alejandro Cerioni, 2.Alejandro Cubelli, 1.Hugo Nicola

Wales "B"

October 17
Wales Wales B 14 - 17 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Lewis, Hutchings
Pen: Barry 2
Try: Campo, Serrano
Pen: Porta, Sansot
Drop: Porta
Stradey Park, Llanelli
Referee: R. C. Quittenton England (England)


October 21
Leinster Leinster 13 - 24 Argentina Argentina XV
Try: Andrucetti
Pen: Quinn 3
Try: Travaglini
Con: Porta
Pen: Porta 4 Sansot
Drop: Porta
Landsdowne Road, Dublin
Referee: Laurie Prideaux England (England)


October 24
Italy Italy 19 - 6 Argentina Argentina
Try: R Francescato, Ghizzoni
Con: Zuin
Pen: Zuin 2
Drop: Zuin
Pen: Porta
Drop: Porta
Stadio Battaglini, Rovigo
Referee: Sergio Tavelli Italy (Italy)

Italy: 15.Rocco Caligiuri, 14.Massimo Mascioletti, 13.Nello Francescato, 12.Rino Francescato, 11.Serafino Ghizzoni, 10.Loredano Zuin, 9.Angelo Visentin, 8.Elio de Anna, 7.Fiorenzo Blessano, 6.Paolo Mariani, 5.Adriano Fedrigo, 4.Fulvio di Carlo, 3.Ambrogio Bona (cap), 2.Claudio Robazza, 1.Anacleto Altigieri - Replacement: Narcisio Zanella

Argentina 15.Eduardo Sanguinetti, 14.Martin Sansot, 13.Javier Escalante, 12.Rafael Madero, 11.Marcelo Campo, 10.Hugo Porta (cap), 9.Alfredo Soares Gache, 8.Gabriel Travaglini, 7.Tomas Petersen, 6.Carlos Serrano, 5.Ricardo Passaglia, 4.Alejandro Iachetti, 3.Alejandro Cerioni, 2.Alejandro Cubelli, 1.Rodolfo Ventura - Replacement: Adolfo Cappelletti, Hugo Nicola



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