Head to Head - Ireland v Argentina
November 22, 2008
Puma Juan Martin Hernandez slotted three drop-goals during last season's World Cup clash with Ireland © Getty Images
Ireland and Argentina will meet at Croke Park for the first time on Saturday in the latest chapter of one of the most closely fought rivalries in world rugby.
Since their first Test meeting in 1990 there have been nine further clashes, with honours held even at five apiece. Ireland have not beaten the Pumas since 2004, and suffered a demoralising defeat in Paris during last season's World Cup.
The Irish need to take away a result from the game in order to ensure their rankings for the 2011 World Cup are not unduly affected but, as they have found out in the past, the Pumas will be in no mood to give them an easy ride.
Ireland v Argentina Match Facts
Played 10; Ireland won five; Argentina won five
First Test: Ireland 20-18 Argentina, Lansdowne Road, October 27, 1990
Latest Test: Ireland 15-30 Argentina, Rugby World Cup, Parc des Princes, September 30, 2007
Ireland's largest winning margin: Nine points - Ireland 16-7, Lansdowne Road, November 23, 2002
Argentina's largest winning margin: 16 points - Argentina 16-0, Velez Sarsfield, June 2, 2007
Argentina's winning sequence: Three Tests, May 26, 2007 to present day
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