Mario Ledesma has resigned his position as head coach of Argentina, surrendering the chance to lead the Pumas at the 2023 World Cup in France.
Ledesma, who took charge in 2018, called it quits after poor results including a 53-7 defeat by Ireland in Argentina’s last Test.
“It’s a personal decision and it’s nobody’s fault,” the 48-year-old said at a media conference on Wednesday.
“It’s not because of the players or the staff, it’s just the end of a cycle. It was something I had thought about, which I had talked about with my family.”
The defeat by Ireland in November was the heaviest of his reign.
He ends with eight wins, three draws and 22 defeats, a success rate of just 29%.
However, he leaves having masterminded a famous win over the All Blacks with the 25-15 victory in the 2020 Rugby Championship ending a run of 32 straight defeats and a draw with New Zealand.
That victory came despite the Pumas having not played for more than a year due to the pandemic.
At the 2023 World Cup in France, Argentina face England, Japan, Samoa and a team from the Americas qualifying zone.
“He led the team to the top. Thank you for what you have done for Argentinian rugby,” his friend and fellow former international Augustin Pichot wrote on Twitter.
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