List of wins by Tier Two nations against Tier One nations in the pro era

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  1. Tooting Carmen

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    * = World Cup match

    Canada

    11 November 2000 Italy 17–22 Canada Stadio Comunale Mario Battaglini, Rovigo
    15 June 2002 Canada 26–23 Scotland Vancouver, BC
    2 July 2005 Canada 22–15 Argentina Kingsland, Calgary

    Fiji
    26 May 1998 Fiji 51-26 Scotland National Stadium, Suva
    28 August 1999 Italy 32–50 Fiji Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila
    15 July 2000 Fiji 43–9 Italy Churchill Park, Lautoka
    17 July 2006 Fiji 29-18 Italy Churchill Park, Lautoka
    29 September 2007 Wales 34–38 Fiji Stade de la Beaujoire, Nantes *
    7 June 2014 Fiji 25-14 Italy National Stadium, Suva
    17 June 2017 Fiji 22-19 Italy National Stadium, Suva
    24 June 2017 Fiji 22-17 Scotland National Stadium, Suva
    24 November 2018 France 14–21 Stade de France, Saint-Denis

    Japan
    15 September 1998 Japan 44–29 Argentina Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
    15 June 2013 Japan 23–8 Wales Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
    21 June 2014 Japan 26–23 Italy Chichibunomiya Rugby Stadium, Tokyo
    19 September 2015 South Africa 32–34 Japan Falmer Stadium, Brighton *
    9 June 2018 Japan 34–17 Italy Oita Bank Dome, Oita
    28 September 2019 Japan 19–12 Ireland Shizuoka Stadium, Fukuroi *
    13 October 2019 Japan 28-21 Scotland International Stadium Yokohama, Yokohama *
     
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    Romania
    26 June 2004 Romania 25-24 Italy Dinamo Stadium, Bucharest

    Samoa
    12 November 1996 Ireland 25–40 Samoa Lansdowne Road, Dublin
    14 October 1999 Wales 31–38 Samoa Millennium Stadium, Cardiff *
    8 July 2000 Samoa 43–24 Italy Apia Park, Apia
    24 November 2001 Italy 9–17 Samoa Stadio Tommaso Fattori, L'Aquila
    3 December 2005 Argentina12–28 Samoa Buenos Aires
    17 July 2011 Australia 23–32 Samoa Stadium Australia, Sydney
    16 November 2012 Wales19–26 Samoa Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
    8 June 2013 Samoa 27–17 Scotland Mr Price Kings Park, Durban
    15 June 2013 Samoa 39–10 Italy Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
    14 June 2014 Samoa 15-0 Italy Apia Park, Apia

    Tonga
    16 June 1999 Tonga 20–16 France Teufaiva Sport Stadium, Nukuʻalofa
    10 October 1999 Italy 25–28 Tonga Welford Road, Leicester
    1 October 2011 France 14–19 Tonga Westpac Stadium, Wellington *
    24 November 2012 Scotland 15–21 Tonga Pittodrie, Aberdeen
    26 November 2016 Italy 17–19 Tonga Stadio Euganeo, Padua

    United States
    16 June 2018 United States 30-29 Scotland BBVA Compass Stadium, Houston
     
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    How are you defining tier 1? Is it playing for 6N or THC? Because if that is your criteria Argentina was not Tier 1 until 2012 and pro era started in 1995 if i recall correctly.
    Pretty sure Arg beat quite a few Tier 1 nations between 1996 and 2011.
     
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    Reality is that most of those wins are either against Scotland or even more likely Italy. Fiji and Japan seem to be the only countries currently capable of challenging T1 countries. Japan might be a T1 country if they can build on an excellent world cup. However they really need regular rugby in TRC or 6N. However I don't see T2 nations challenging T1 any time soon with the current setup.
     
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    Essentially yes.

    Yes, but even before Argentina joined the RC, World Rugby already regarded it as a Tier One nation, only that there was a debate as to whether they should eventually join the NH or SH competitions, but they couldn't initially due to boadcasting agreements and the test schedule.
     
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    N.B. The Italy-Tonga match in 1999 was a World Cup match too.
     
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