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Good Omens: Rugby World Cup Day Sixteen

05th October 2019

Can England summon the spirit of '66 after today's win?

DAY SIXTEEN

England 39-10 Argentina

Fun fact. When England played Argentina in the football World Cup in the summer of 1966, Argentina had a key man, Antonio Rattin, sent off in the first half. They couldn’t overcome the disadvantage and England won the match. A week later, England were world champions.

Today England played Argentina in the rugby World Cup. Argentina had a key man, lock Tomas Lavanini, sent off in the first half. They couldn’t overcome the disadvantage and England won the match. World champions in the making? Wishful thinking or picking up on good omens? We'll soon find out.

These two teams have now met 24 times at test level over the past four decades. England have won nineteen of those matches, Argentina have won four with one match drawn.

DID YOU KNOW?

The first rugby match ever played in Argentina was between two teams of Englishmen. It took place in 1873 at the Buenos Aires Cricket Club, which at that time did not admit Argentinians. As well as introducing rugby and football to the country, English settlers helped to shape Argentina's economy and culture throughout the 19th century and well into the 20th. In 1914 a branch of Harrods opened in Buenos Aires. It remains the only Harrods store ever to open outside London.

MATCH STATISTICS

England (15) 39

Tries: May, Daly, B Youngs, Ford, Nowell, Cowan-Dickie

Cons: Farrell (3)

Pens: Farrell

Argentina (3) 10

Try: Moroni

Con: Boffelli

Pen: Urdapilleta

 

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