Where’s the beef? A history of violence
October 2003, Adelaide Ireland 16 Argentina 15
Mauricio Reggiardo and Roberto Grau are suspended for eye gouging as Alan Quinlan wrecks his shoulder slamming down the try that guarantees progress to the World Cup quarter-final, while denying Los Pumas, in a reversal of what happened in 1999 in Lens.
November 2004, Dublin Ireland 21 Argentina19
Amidst six accusations of eye gouging (no citings), Ronan O’Gara’s heel-toe-clicking drop goal celebration enrages the visitors who counter claim unsportsmanlike conduct, levelled by Pichot against O’Driscoll for complaining to the referee, as the animosity spills into the post match alcohol-fuelled function.
September 2007, Paris Argentina 30 Ireland 15
The provincial conflict between Leinster’s Felipe Contepomi and Munster duo Denis Leamy and Ronan O’Gara is a brief subplot as Juan Martín Hernandez stuns the Celtic Tiger crowd with three drops goals to put Ireland out of their World Cup misery.
October 2015, Cardiff Argentina 43 Ireland 20
No niggle, not a trace of bad blood, just a severely weakened Irish XV – with Sexton, O’Connell and O’Mahony injured by the French and Seán O’Brien suspended for touching Pascal Pape – cut to pieces by Argentine pace and panache.