Since 1990 that July 14 is not just any day for Argentine rugby. Exactly 30 years ago, an amateur club in Buenos Aires became the only club in the world to surpass one of the world powers at the national team level.
With an extraordinary and unforgiving Hugo Porta as usual, Banco Nación surpassed England 29-21 during the tour he made in Argentina at the beginning of the 90’s.
The then opening, historical player of Los Pumas, scored 21 points through two drops and five penalties for the team directed at the time by Roberto Fernández and José Gavito. The tries of Gentile and Gómez (at that time the conquests were worth 4 points) stamped the final result.
It should be noted that La Rosa’s experience on Argentine soil was not at all positive when it came to results: he also lost with those selected from Buenos Aires and Cuyo, while with Los Pumas he accumulated a victory and a defeat.
The Banco Nación team included Gustavo Inganni, Osvaldo Cando, Alfredo Marrón, Enrique Gallo, Rodolfo Etchegoyen, Pablo Franchi, Pablo Di Nisio, Francisco Rubio, Fabio Gómez, Hugo Porta, Ricardo Zanero, Pablo Pérez, Guillermo Benedetto, Claudio Gentile and Pablo Soto.
In addition, the substitutes for the Argentine team were Javier De Fasio, Gabriel Giber, Eduardo Leiva, Ramiro Ehrman, Marcelo Sosa and Martín Pedemonte.