The Autumn Internationals are back!

Published 9th November 2017
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The Autumn Internationals are back!

During the 6 nations, we created blogs on the national anthems of the countries, and again for the Lions’ tour of New Zealand, so we’re doing it again for the Autumn Internationals! We’re rather big rugby fans in this office!

Argentina

On Saturday, England face Argentina in their first match of the Autumn tests. Their official nickname is Los Pumas. They play in the 4 Nations with southern hemisphere giants, New Zealand, Australia and South Africa. The Pumas are quite surprising! Based on their location, you wouldn’t expect them to be as good as they are. They were a regular sight in the Rugby World Cup, before they entered the then Tri Nations Tournament. A shock victory against France in the RWC 2007 showed the world they were no easy opponent. They beat France twice in that tournament… In the group stage and in the 3rd place winners game. Since joining the Tri Nations, the team has gone from strength to strength. And on Saturday they face the English.

Argentina have a 52.80% win ratio. Winning 226 of their 428 test matches. They are currently 10th in the world, not far behind from the likes of Wales, France and Fiji. Against England their win percentage is 18% losing 17 and drawing 1 of their 22 matches. The match will be tough as Argentina are just coming down from an intense 4 Nations tournament.

 

The anthem – Canción Patriótica

The original anthem was created around 1813. However, in 1924 the Argentinian anthem changed and omitted the long anti-Spanish middle section. The Argentines have been singing this version ever since. However, due to the excessive length of their anthem at Rugby and Football matches the instrumental introduction is played, followed by the chorus ‘Sean eternos los laureles’…

 

Oíd, mortales, el grito sagrado:
“¡Libertad! ¡Libertad! ¡Libertad!”
Oíd el ruido de rotas cadenas
ved en trono a la noble igualdad

Ya su trono dignísimo abrieron
las Provincias Unidas del Sud
y los libres del mundo responden:
“¡Al gran pueblo argentino, salud!”
“¡Al gran pueblo argentino, salud!”
Y los libres del mundo responden:
“¡Al gran pueblo argentino, salud!”
Y los libres del mundo responden:
“¡Al gran pueblo argentino, salud!”

Sean eternos los laureles,
que supimos conseguir,
que supimos conseguir.
Coronados de gloria vivamos
o juremos con gloria morir!
O juremos con gloria morir!
O juremos con gloria morir!

 

English translation:

Hear, mortals, the sacred cry:
“Freedom! Freedom! Freedom!”
Hear the sound of broken chains
See noble equality enthroned.

Their most worthy throne have now opened
The United Provinces of the South.
And the free people of the world reply:
“To the great Argentine people, hail!”
“To the great Argentine people, hail!”
And the free ones of the world reply:
“To the great Argentine people, hail!”
And the free ones of the world reply:
“To the great Argentine people, hail!”

May the laurels be eternal
that we were able to achieve
that we were able to achieve
Let us live crowned in glory
or let us swear in glory to die
Or let us swear in glory to die
Or let us swear in glory to die.

 

We wish Argentina the best of luck in their Autumn Internationals as they will also face the Italians and the Irish. Looking forward to a great month of Rugby!

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