Although they have never won the tournament, Argentina has an excellent record in recent World Cups. They have reached the semi-finals twice in their three previous attempts – finishing third overall last time out in 2015.
The Pumas currently have a strong, experienced pool of players to choose from thanks in part to a full-time franchise in Super Rugby – the Jaguares – who finished runners-up in this year’s tournament. Add to that a wealth of stars contracted to some of Europe’s biggest clubs and we can start to understand why they have become feared.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 TV Preview – Can Argentina reach the semis again?
Although Argentina has enjoyed progress in previous World Cups, they have had little to shout about in the Rugby Championship since being added in 2012. They finished last, again, this year after a series of spirited performances. They will, however, be targeting Northern Hemisphere teams in Japan, particularly France, who they have beaten frequently in the past and face in Pool C.
They have some really classy players such as loose forward Facundo Isa, lock Tomas Lavanini and centre Jeronimo De La Fuente, but it is their defence that often lets them down, and they will have to stay switched on over 80 minutes to progress into the Rugby World Cup knock-out phase.
Two tough games against England and France in the pool stages will give us a better idea of Argentina’s credentials, and a win against either side will ensure a place in the quarter-finals. However, France and England have both found form in the lead up to the tournament, so it’s going to be a big ask.
Review of Argentina’s Group Matches
Argentina vs France: Argentina has become a bit of a bogey team for Les Bleus of France, thanks mostly to the amount of Pumas players that ply their trade in the French Top 14. The winner of this one will virtually be assured of a quarter-final spot, so expect an intense affair.
Argentina vs Tonga: Argentina should be able to outclass Tonga, with the Pacific island nation often running out of steam in the final third of games. Expect a close encounter with a win for the Pumas.
Argentina vs England: Easily the toughest Pool C game for Argentina comes against England. They will have to put in a big shift and hope that England has a bad day, which is possible, to win. There is a lot of history between these two nations and neither will want to give an inch.
Argentina vs USA: The Pumas will fancy their chances against the Eagles and should run in enough points over 80 minutes to win comfortably. The USA are a team on the rise, but Argentina’s experience will eventually shine through come the final whistle.
How to stream every Argentina game at The Rugby World Cup 2019™
Kayo Sports will have every match of the Rugby World Cup 2019™ LIVE with no ad-breaks during play. You’ll also get access to a range of great features, including SplitView (which lets you watch up to four different sporting events simultaneously on the same screen, on compatible devices) as well as No Spoilers (hides the scores) and Key Moments (lets you jump to the most important moments of the match – available for selected sports and matches), all of which greatly enhance the viewing experience for those watching on-demand.
Take a moment to review the Kayo 14 days free trial, and then check out the Rugby World Cup 2019™ fixture list below. You can then start streaming Argentina rugby live to a variety of eligible devices, also listed below.
Note: Kayo requires internet & compatible device. Data charges may apply. Kayo service available in Australia only.
|PC/Mac||Yes||Web browser only (Chrome, Safari, Firefox and Edge)|
|iOS/Android Phones/Tablets||Yes||Via native apps (iOS 11 and Android 6 minimum)|
|Google Chromecast||Yes||Chromecast Ultra or 3rd Generation required for 1080p HD, otherwise 720p|
|Telstra TV||Yes||Split View not available; TTV1 limited to 720p|
|Android TV||Yes||Via app for version 7.0 and up|
|Samsung Smart TVs||Yes||2017 and later models|
|PS4 and Xbox One||Soon||App in development|
|Apple TV||Yes||4th Generation or higher|
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What time do Argentina Play? Live TV Fixtures
TV fixtures are shown as Sydney time, so you may need to adjust the hour depending on where you live. Rugby World Cup 2019™ on-demand match replays will be made available following the conclusion of each game – so you will need to consult your Kayo TV listings guide during the tournament for exact times.
Argentina Group Games Live TV (Sydney time)
|Sat 21 Sept||Argentina vs France||5:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 28 Sept||Argentina vs Tonga||2:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 5 Oct||Argentina vs England||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Wed 9 Oct||Argentina vs USA||2:45pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 19 Oct||England v Australia||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sat 19 Oct||New Zealand v Ireland||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 20 Oct||France v Wales||6:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / Channel 10|
|Sun 20 Oct||South Africa v Japan||9:15pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 26 Oct||Semi Final 1||6:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sun 27 Oct||Semi Final 2||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Fri 1 Nov||Bronze Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports|
|Sat 2 Nov||Final||7:00pm||Kayo / Fox Sports / TenPlay|