Rugby World Cup 2007 was the tournament where Argentina came of age as a leading rugby power with Marcelo Loffreda’s outstanding side even keeping football off the back pages back home as they reached the semi-finals for the first time in history.
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And the good news is that you can relive the game that took them to an unprecedented third place in the World Rugby Men’s Rankings, still their highest position to this date, via our free-to-access live streaming service.
From 16:00 BST on Sunday, their historic victory against France, complete with added enhancement such as live blogging and comments from those who were there at the Parc des Princes, will be shown on the Rugby World Cup Facebook page and World Rugby’s official YouTube channel.
With their inspirational captain, now World Rugby Vice-Chairman, Agustín Pichot and the multi-talented Juan Martín Hernández and Felipe Contepomi orchestrating play in the backs behind a physically dominant pack, Los Pumas breezed through pool play and then defeated Scotland in the quarter-finals before going on to do the double over Les Bleus.
Having ruined France’s opening night party with a 17-12 win, Los Pumas bounced back from the disappointment of losing to South Africa in the semi-final to beat the host nation for a second time in the bronze medal decider, this time by the more comfortable margin of 34-10.
Man of the match in the first meeting, Contepomi tormented France again in the rematch, scoring 19 points from two tries, three conversions and a penalty.
After what proved to be his 90th and final test, scrum-half Pichot said: “I couldn’t think of a better way to end than this. I think it’s the end of a great period, a great time playing with the Argentine jersey.”
Both Pichot and Contepomi would go on to be inducted into the World Rugby of Fame in recognition of their role in taking the South Americans to previously untouched heights.