Ireland V Pumas, framed Print on White Wall.

Ireland V Pumas – canvas print by Rod Coyne

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“Ireland V Pumas” is one of a series of pictures born out of Rod Coyne’s  passion for rugby. This depiction celebrates the Irish legend Girvan Dempsey squeezing over the line at Landsdowne Road. It’s a dynamic painting full of tension and energy.

Rod Coyne’s canvas print is the perfect addition to any home or office for art collectors and rugby fans alike.
This fine art print available in three sizes. It is framed and the price includes FREE WORLD WIDE delivery.

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Ireland V Pumas – Bitter Rivalry

One fixture never to be under estimated is Ireland V Pumas. The history of rugby union matches between Argentina and Ireland is one of a very even contest. As of October 2015, the sides have met twenty one times with a result of twelve wins to Ireland, eight to Argentina and one drawn game, however, five of these matches were not a fully test capped match for Ireland. At the end of the 2010 Autumn Internationals there was only a nineteen-point difference in cumulative points scored. The largest winning margin of 23 points was recorded in the meeting of their 2015 Rugby World Cup quarterfinal, when Argentina won by 43 points to 20. However, Argentina has yet to beat Ireland on Irish soil, and Ireland have only won twice in Argentina. Ireland’s first win against Argentina was in 1952, however it was only a capped match for Argentina. Ireland’s first fully test capped match win in Argentina came in 2014.

Ireland V Pumas – how the rivalry began by Andy McGeady

“Argentina come to the new Lansdowne Road tomorrow. They arrive as the eighth-ranked team in the world, nipping at the heels of our seventh spot. For 11 years the two sides have contested a stirring rivalry, through World Cups and “friendlies” -if one can ever use the latter term with regard to a test match of rugby football, let alone between these two sides.

Ireland V Pumas - tempers fray on the battlefield.
Ireland V Pumas – tempers fray on the battlefield.

Lens is a small town in northern France, the mention of which, for Irish rugby followers, still awakens long-repressed memories of pain and humiliation. The playoff between Ireland and Argentina to qualify for the quarter-finals of the 1999 World Cup was a watershed moment in the history of Irish rugby. The last, desperate minutes of a 28-24 defeat saw Ireland suffering the indignity of having to resort to a 14-man line-out in order to avoid having to pre-qualify for the 2003 World Cup.  The defeat left a team and nation stunned. Who were these Argentinians anyway?

Ireland V Pumas - men in green under pressure.
Ireland V Pumas – men in green under pressure.

Ireland V Pumas – 2003 World Cup

In 2003, having toured the lesser known outposts of rugby-playing Europe, Ireland arrived in Australia to find Los Pumas in their World Cup group once again. An intense, sometimes ferocious contest saw Ireland come out as winners by a single point, with the abiding memory being Alan Quinlan’s shoulder being dislocated in the act of scoring the only try of the game.  The vital win was chalked up, but the intensity of the rivalry had become even greater. That the Argentians were then drawn in Ireland’s group for the 2007 World Cup in France seemed quite appropriate.  Even more apt that they should be the final group opponents for the Irish as they tried to drag themselves out of a group despite playing, at times, shambolic rugby. A 15-point defeat later and Ireland were heading home, their fans still wondering when they would awaken from the nightmare. Losing to the Argentians was one thing, but the sorest point was that this one didn’t come as a surprise.

Ireland V Pumas - Kieth earls breaks through.
Ireland V Pumas – Kieth Earls breaks through.

In between times we’ve seen the two teams play brutal contests as part of summer tours on Argentinian soil, at home in Croke Rark and even in lesser tournaments like the Churchill Cup. There seems to be an undercurrent between the teams, something perhaps strengthened by Felipe Contepomi’s years being feted in Leinster while jeered in Cork and Limerick as the pantomime villain.  Dr Phil was back in Thomond this year with Toulon and the local support would have taken special joy in seeing the man from Buenos Aires receive a yellow card that day.

Guinness Autumn Series International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 24/11/2012 Ireland vs Argentina Ireland's Simon Zebo scores a try (Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan)
Guinness Autumn Series International, Aviva Stadium, Dublin 2012, Ireland vs Argentina.
Ireland’s Simon Zebo scores a try (Credit ©INPHO/Dan Sheridan).

The two teams haven’t been drawn in the same group for the 2011 tournament in New Zealand.  Seems a shame in a way, so it’s only right and proper that Argentina should be involved in this Autumn test series, the four back-to-back games are more akin to a World Cup experience than is usually the case. After the country’s high of seeing Ireland not completely capitulate to the All Blacks, the men led by Contepomi are set up to play the role of spoilers for Irish rugby. As the new ould enemy, they might like nothing better.” – Andy McGeady

Girvan Dempsey squeezing over the line at Landsdowne Road.

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