September 7 down the years
Pumas stun France in World Cup opener
Felipe Contepomi celebrates after kicking his side to victory in Saint Denis, France v Argentina, World Cup, Stade de France, Saint-Denis, Paris, September 7, 2007
Felipe Contepomi celebrates after kicking the Pumas to victory in Saint Denis © Getty Images

Argentina ensured that the 2007 World Cup got off to a sensational start by stunning tournament hosts France 17-12 in Paris.

Felipe Contepomi, somewhat surprisingly deployed at inside centre with regular fullback Juan Martin Hernandez at fly-half, kicked four penalties for the Pumas, while Ignacio Corleto crossed for the only try of the game.

The beleaguered French, who turned in a nervy, error-strewn display, managed just four David Skrela penalties by way of a response.

The French did recover and defeated the All Blacks in an epic quarter-final in Cardiff on their way to the last four before ultimately bowing out at the hands of England. Argentina's interest was also ended at the semi-final stage, by eventual winners South Africa, but the tournament ended on a high for the South Africans, the Pumas beating France for a second time in the third/fourth place play-off.

The London Evening News revealed that the New Zealand Expeditionary Forces team - later known as the Kiwis - would undertake a 22-match tour of Britain and Ireland during the 1945-46 season.

The Springboks recovered from successive defeats to claim a draw in their four-Test series with Austalia by routing the Wallabies 22-6 in Port Elizabeth.

Tries from centre John Gainsford, lock Tiny Naude and skipper Abie Malan saw the Boks home, with Keith Oxlee kicking two conversions and two penalties.

Ireland kicked off their centenary season with a thrilling 18-18 draw against a star-studded President's XV in Dublin.

England warmed up for the World Cup by running in nine tries during a facile victory over the Soviet Union at Twickenham.


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