Commenting on the confirmation of the fixture British & Irish Lions Chairman and Tour Manager, Bill Beaumont, said: "It is a key match for the Lions as Argentina will provide a tough pre-tour fixture that will set the tone for the challenges that will face us in New Zealand. Staging the game at the Millennium Stadium will provide a unique opportunity for countless Lions fans to see the team on home soil and give the players an amazing send off to New Zealand."
John Feehan, CEO of the British & Irish Lions, added: "We are delighted to be able to stage the Lions game against the Pumas in Cardiff and provide a rugby showcase. The Millennium Stadium put forward the most impressive tender in the pitch process to win the bid to stage this high profile game and I have no doubt that this is the perfect venue for the Lions to kick off their 2005 campaign."
David Moffett, WRU Group Chief Executive, said: "Hosting the Lions home test is a fantastic coup for the Millennium Stadium and for Wales. We appreciate that it is a unique event in Lions history. The Lions have only played in Europe on five previous occasions, three of which were staged in Wales. We are delighted to welcome the Lions back to Wales for what we hope will be a classic encounter.
"However, we know it is the supporters who are the key element in making the Lions so special and we are looking forward to welcoming fans from England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales to the Welsh capital. We know they will create a remarkable atmosphere for the game; one that will hopefully become the stuff of Lions legend."
Mr Emilio Perasso, President of the Union Argentina de Rugby, said: "It is a great honour for Argentina, a top ten rugby nation, to be asked to play against the British & Irish Lions and to provide their first challenge before the team head out to New Zealand. We know that it will be an unforgettable experience for our team.
"Not only on the pitch through the rugby, but also off it as we know the Lions' supporters will create a passionate rugby atmosphere at the Millennium Stadium. I am convinced that this fixture will further strengthen the links between Argentinean and British & Irish rugby, whose rugby forefathers helped to build the game in Argentina over one hundred years ago."
British & Irish Lions Record against Argentina
(all played in Buenos Aires)
1910 - Won 28-3
1927 - Won 37-0 (1st Test), Won 46-0 (2nd Test), Won 34-3 (3rd Test), Won 43-0 (4th Test)
1936 - Won 23-0
British & Irish Lions Record in Home Tests
1951 - v Cardiff at Cardiff Arms Park (75th Anniversary of Cardiff RFC, September)
1955 - v Wales XV at Cardiff Arms Park (75th Anniversary of Welsh Rugby Union, October)
1977 - v Barbarians at Twickenham (in honour of Queen's Silver Jubilee, September)
1986 - v World XV at Cardiff Arms Park (IRB Centenary Match, April)
1989 - v France at Parc des Princes (Bicentennial of the French Revolution, October)