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England v Argentina: The vital stats

09 September 2011

  • All the facts and stats on England vs Argentina
  • Get up to speed on where, when and who to watch
James Haskell in action against Argentina

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So the waiting is finally over and the Rugby World Cup 2011 is upon us. New Zealand kicked off proceedings with a 41-10 victory against Pacific Islanders Tonga, but soon it's England's turn to take centre stage. Argentina are up first for Martin Johnson's men and it promises to be a belter...

  • When? Saturday, September 10
  • Where? Otago Stadium, Dunedin, New Zealand
  • Kick off? 9.30am (UK time)

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What the ex-pro's say

  • Jeremy Guscott: "I'd like to think England can win this game convincingly. It would give the team amazing confidence going into the rest of the pool games, but Martin Johnson will just be happy with a win."

  • Phil Vickery: "You never know with Argentina because when things go well they can suddenly play with so much swagger. But England have a real chance to put a solid shift in and frustrate them up front. If you can keep them under pressure, suddenly that scrum does not mean a huge amount and the rest of the side have to work hard."

  • Will Greenwood: "A bright beginning is essential in this match but will England manage it? They come into the game in good form but the first 20 minutes will tell us a lot about how this one will go. Argentina are dogged scrappers and street fighters, they're fearless, capable of mixing it with anyone."

The teams


15 Ben Foden, 14 Chris Ashton, 13 Manusamoa Tuilagi, 12 Mike Tindall (C), 11 Delon Armitage, 10 Jonny Wilkinson, 9 Richard Wigglesworth, 1 Andrew Sheridan, 2 Steve Thompson, 3 Dan Cole, 4 Loius Deacon, 5 Courtney Lawes, 6 Tom Croft, 7 James Haskell, 8 Nick Easter

Replacements: 16 Dylan Hartley, 17 Matt Stevens, 18 Tom Palmer, 19 Tom Wood, 20 Ben Youngs, 21 Toby Flood, 22 Matt Banahan


15 Martin Rodriguez, 14 Horacio Agulla, 13 Gonzalo Tiesi, 12 Santiago Fernandez, 11 Gonzalo Camacho, 10 Felipe Contepomi, 9 Nicolas Vergallo, 8 Juan Martin Fernandez Lobbe, 7 Juan Manuel Leguizamon, 6 Julio Farias Cabello, 5 Patricio Albacete, 4 Manuel Carizza, 3 Juan Figallo, 2 Mario Ledesma, 1 Rodrigo Roncero.

Replacements: 16 Agustin Creevy, 17 Martin Scelzo, 18 Mariano Galarza, 19 Alejandro Campos, 20 Alfredo Lalanne, 21 Marcelo Bosch, 22 Juan Jose Imhoff

Head to Head

  • Played 15, England won 10, Argentina won 4, drawn 1
  • Highest scores – England 51-0 in 1990, Argentina 33-13 in 1997
  • Biggest wins – England 51-0 in 1990, Argentina 33-13 in 1997
Matt Banahan in action against Argentina

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Last 10 meetings

  • 2009 England 16 Argentina 9
  • 2009 Argentina 24 England 22
  • 2009 England 37 Argentina 15
  • 2006 England 18 Argentina 25
  • 2002 Argentina 18 England 26
  • 2000 England 19 Argentina 0
  • 1997 Argentina 33 England 13
  • 1997 England 46 Argentina 20
  • 1996 England 20 Argentina 18
  • 1995 England 24 Argentina 18
  • 1990 England 51 Argentina 0

England key facts

  • World ranking: 5
  • Coach: Martin Johnson
  • Captain: Mike Tindall
  • Most capped player: Jason Leonard (114 caps 1990 to 2004)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 14 (2002 to 2003)
Jonny Wilkinson in training in New Zealand

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Argentina key facts

  • World ranking: 9
  • Coach: Santiago Phelan
  • Captain: Felipe Contepomi
  • Most capped player: Lisandro Arbizu (86 caps 1990 to 2005)
  • Most consecutive test wins: 10 (1992 to 1993)

Captains’ quotes

  • Mike Tindall (England) on training ahead of the World Cup opener: “Training’s been great all week – the boys have been looking sharp and in good form and we need to carry that onto the pitch. We know how good Argentina can be if you let them. If you make early mistakes that feeds what they’re all about so we need to be switched on from the start."

  • Felipe Contepomi (Argentina) on facing Toulon teammate Jonny Wilkinson: "It's a great honour to have had the possibility to play with him, to train with him. He is one of these players that does not come around that often. Obviously I have a great respect for Jonny, for me one of the best players in the world – and a great man and that makes him even better.