France’s  Camille Lopez celebrates following the victory over Argentina in the World Cup clash in Tokyo.  Photograph: Franck Robichon/EPA

France 23 Argentina 21 France begin their World Cup quest safe in the eternal knowledge that nothing about them is certain. They possess all the el(...)

Gael Fickou of France is tackled during the Pool C game between France and Argentina in Tokyo. Photo: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Argentina 21 France 23 France survived by riding their luck as much as Camille Lopez’s 70th minute drop goal separated these old rivals in a calamito(...)

 New Zealand after winning the Rugby Championship last year. Photograph: Getty Images

With the Rugby Championship being seen as little more than a World Cup warmup for the southern hemisphere’s top four nations the abridged tournament c(...)

Scotland’s Sean Maitland  score his side’s  try during the autumn international against  Argentina at Murrayfield. Photograph: Ian MacNicol/Getty Images

Scotland 14 Argentina 9 Sean Maitland’s try ensured Scotland ended their autumn campaign on a high as they edged out a misfiring Argentina side 14-9 (...)

 Jordan Larmour fumbles a catch during the international against Argentina  at the Aviva Stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland 28 Argentina 17 The floodlights were still on and the crowd had only begun to disperse yet one ventures most thoughts had already turned to e(...)

Bundee Aki  scores Ireland’s second  try during the autumn international against Argentina at the Aviva stadium. Photograph:  Charles McQuillan/Getty Images

Ireland 28 Argentina 17 Conditions were perfect and the Pumas brought much of their A game save for their once famed scrum, but on a night when the h(...)

Ireland’s Adam Byrne eyes Argentina’s Joaquin Tuculet under the dropping ball. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

It is not so unusual that a journey’s end becomes a journey’s beginning. A fractured ankle, a torn bicep a dose of syndesmosis (ankle strain) that req(...)

Ireland’s Johnny Sexton maks the break that led to Jacob Stockdale’s first try. Photograph: Billy Stickland/Inpho

Ireland 28 Argentina 19 Job done. The final scoreline is more of a testimony to Argentina’s resilience and spirit, as well as qualities, but Ireland (...)

Argentina players celebrate beating Ireland in the 2015 Rugby World Cup quarter-finals in what was the last time the two sides met. Photograph: Andrew Cornaga/Inpho

Ireland v Argentina Venue: Aviva Stadium Kick-off: 5.30pm On TV: RTE Two/Sky Sports Main Event, 4.30pm The South African game, á la Chicago a year ag(...)

Australia’s Reece Hodge receives the ball from Samu Kerevi before scoring a  try in the Rugby Championship match against Argentina at the Malvinas Argentinas stadium in Mendoza. Photograph: Marcos Brindicci/Reuters

Argentina 20 Australia 37 Reece Hodge ran in two of Australia’s five tries as the Wallabies beat Argentina 37-20 on Saturday in Mendoza to finish sec(...)

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