As the Wallabies look ahead to the upcoming Rugby Championships match against Argentina on home soil, we take a look back at the recent history between the two sides.
The Wallabies have won three of the last four meetings between the two teams, who are both competing in the 2023 Rugby World Cup.
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The upcoming match will be Wallabies Head Coach, Eddie Jones’ first match in Australia following his re-appointment of the position at the start of 2023.
Fittingly, or ironically, the Pumas are led by former Wallabies Coach, Michael Cheika. Both Jones and Cheika have shared rugby fields as Randwick club teammates and spared as coaches of opposing World Cup and Test teams.
With both gents relatively new to the helm of their current teams, the upcoming match at Sydney’s CommBank Stadium on July 15 makes for a thrilling contest.
The sides recently met in the 2022 and 2021 Rugby Championship series. In the 2022 series, each team won a match (AUS 41-26, ARG 48-17) with both games played in Argentina.
In the 2021 Rugby Championships series when the sides met twice in Queensland, Australia, it was the Wallabies who claimed victory in both matches, 27-8, 32-17.
In the 2021 matches, try scoring was dominated by Andrew Kellaway (4), Samu Kerevi and Reece Hodge both scoring two tries across the two matches.
The Wallabies had a more even spread of try scorers in last year’s matches against the Pumas with Len Ikitau, Falou Fainga'a, Fraser McReight, Jordan Petaia all scoring in the Wallabies win, along with a Penalty Try, and Ikitau, and James Slipper try scorers in the match lost by Australia.
Speaking of the challenge ahead this year, Jones knows the importance of galvanising and building a connection between the team to return to consistent winning form.
"We’ve got to develop that Australian style of game that everyone buys into, which is a combination of quality set-piece, an aggressive attacking mindset, and wanting to get the ball quickly when we don’t have it,” Jones said.
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