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Uruguay national rugby union team

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2015 Rugby World repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia

The Uruguay national rugby union team is the representative side of Uruguay, governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. They have been playing international rugby since 1948. Their jersey is blue and black and they are known as Los Teros. They have qualified three times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003 and most recently for the 2015 tournament. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time that a team other than Argentina won it. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As yet, Uruguay have never beaten Argentina in an official match between the two nations, despite some close results.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people.

History

1940s - 1960s

Uruguay made their official international debut in 1948, in a game against Chile, which Uruguay lost 21-3. Following their debut match, they return to competition in the Pan American Games, first against the more experienced Argentina, resulting in a 0-62 loss. Uruguay then faced Chile for the second time, defeating them by 8-3. The final match of the competition was a 17-10 win over Brazil. Uruguay thus became runners up in the first unofficial South American Rugby Championship.

Uruguay, after a four years hiatus, played Chile in 1956, who defeated them by 6-3. In 1958, they played for the first official South American Rugby Championship, in a pool of three countries. They first played Chile, this time losing by 9-34. The "Teros" met again Argentina, having another loss, this time by 3-50. Uruguay managed to defeat Peru (10-6) in the last game.

In 1960, Uruguay faced for the first time one of the powers of the Northern Hemisphere rugby, France XV, losing by 0-59 in Montevideo during a South American tour. Uruguay after this match entered their second South American Rugby Championship. They first won Brazil in a close game (11-8), losing then to Chile (5-28) and Argentina (3-36), in the closest result to then between both countries.

1970s - 1980s

The 1970s started off with a win over Paraguay in 1971, which was followed by a win and loss against Chile and a win against Brazil. They also played Argentina twice in the 1970s. However, they won all their matches except for those against Argentina, as well as losing one game against Chile and drawing another. However, the next game against Argentina, two years later in 1979, Uruguay came close to defeating the Pumas, going down by just three points, the final score being 19 to 16.

The 1980s started off with a 54 to 14 win over Paraguay, which resulted in a winning streak that was stopped by Argentina in 1983. In 1985, France visited Montevideo for a second time to play the Teros, beating the locals 34-6. Another short undefeated streak occurred over 1987/1989, which was broken by a 19 to 17 loss against Chile. This was followed by a sound loss to Argentina and loss to a new opponent, the United States Eagles.

1990s

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The Tero, emblem of the Uruguayan National Rugby Team

The 1990s started off with wins against of Chile, Brazil and Paraguay. This was followed by more wins over their traditional opponents, though Uruguay still lost to Argentina, they also played Canada in a competitive 28–9 loss in 1995. Uruguay played some of the bigger nations such as Argentina, Canada and the United States, although the Canada and U.S. games were a lot closer than some of their previous encounters.

A huge success for them was qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. They won their pool fixture against Spain, Uruguay finished third in their pool.

2000–present

Uruguay came within 10 points of Argentina in 2001, and also played nations such as Italy in the same year. Uruguay won most of their matches against their traditional Americas opponents in the early 2000s. Later in 2002, Uruguay defeated Canada, winning 25–23. They followed this up with a 10–9 win over the United States. They again qualified for the 2003 World Cup. They won their pool fixture against Georgia 24–12.

Uruguay's qualification for the 2007 World Cup started in Americas Round 3a, where they were grouped with Argentina and Chile. After losing their first match 26–0 to Argentina, they defeated Chile 43–15 in Montevideo, which saw them enter Round 4. In round 4 they faced the United States, and Uruguay lost on aggregate, and moved onto the repechage round as Americas 4. Uruguay played Portugal in the repechage over two legs — losing the first in Lisbon and winning the second in Montevideo — but lost on aggregate points and failed to qualify.

Uruguay lost the 2011 Rugby World Cup qualification. Uruguay had won the 2009 South American Rugby Championship "A" by defeating Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Charrúa. Uruguay then lost to the United States 22–27 and 6–27. In the repechage, Uruguay defeated Kazakhstan 44–7, but in the battle for the 20th and final spot at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Uruguay tied Romania at home 21–21 and lost 12–32 in Bucharest.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Uruguay won the 2013 South American Rugby Championship "A", getting wins at the Estadio Charrúa against Brazil (58–7) and Chile (23–9). In March 2014, Uruguay faced the United States in a NACRA-CONSUR playoff for the last Americas qualification spot. Uruguay tied the home leg 27–27, but lost the away leg 32–13. Uruguay then moved to the repechage, where it defeated Hong Kong 28–3 at the Estadio Charrúa, to face Russia for the 20th and final sport at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup by defeating Russia by an aggregate score of 57–49 in the two-game series, winning the second game at home 36–27 in front of 14,000 fans at the Charrua Stadium.[1]

Record

Overall record

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Top 25 Rankings as 1 June 2015[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 11px 23x15px New Zealand 93.70
2 11px 23x15px South Africa 88.23
3 11px 23x15px Ireland 85.76
4 11px 23x15px England 85.40
5 11px 23x15px Wales 84.07
6 11px 23x15px Australia 82.95
7 11px 23x15px France 79.74
8 11px 23x15px Argentina 78.23
9 11px 23x15px Samoa 75.39
10 11px 23x15px Scotland 74.79
11 11px1 23x15px Fiji 74.57
12 11px1 23x15px Tonga 74.12
13 11px2 Template:Country data JPN 73.70
14 11px 23x15px Georgia 72.16
15 11px 23x15px Italy 71.85
16 11px 23x15px United States 67.61
17 11px 23x15px Canada 66.83
18 11px 23x15px Romania 66.23
19 11px 23x15px Russia 64.65
20 11px 23x15px Spain 62.59
21 11px 23x15px Uruguay 62.11
22 11px 23x15px Namibia 58.27
23 11px1 23x15px Chile 57.34
24 11px1 Template:Country data HKG 57.31
25 11px1 Template:Country data KOR 56.70
*Change from the previous week

Up until the 4 December 2012, Uruguay has won 81 of their 175 matches played, a win percentage of 46.29%.[3]

Uruguay has lost all official matches versus Argentina, but has a positive record versus their other South American rivals: Chile (25 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw), Paraguay (20 wins, 1 draw) and Brazil (16 wins, 3 losses).

Regarding tier 2 teams, Uruguay has positive records with Portugal and Georgia, neutral records with Spain, and negative records with United States, Canada, Georgia, Romania and Russia.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Uruguay national XV at test level up until 27 May 2015.[4]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
23x15px Argentina [N 1] 46 0 46 0 0% 456 2017 −1561
23x15px Argentina Jaguars [N 1] 1 0 1 0 0% 7 63 −56
23x15px Belgium 1 1 0 0 100% 39 13 +26
23x15px Brazil 22 19 3 0 86.36% 765 184 +581
23x15px Canada 8 1 7 0 12.50% 108 247 −139
23x15px Chile 46 34 11 1 73.91% 1060 709 +351
23x15px Emerging Ireland [N 1] 2 0 2 0 0% 36 93 −57
23x15px England 1 0 1 0 0% 13 111 −98
23x15px Fiji 2 0 2 0 0% 27 63 −36
23x15px Fiji Warriors [N 1] 1 0 1 0 0% 22 30 −8
23x15px France [N 1] 2 0 2 0 0% 6 93 −87
23x15px Georgia 4 2 2 0 50% 62 66 −4
Template:Country data HKG 1 1 0 0 100% 28 3 +25
23x15px Italy 3 0 3 0 0% 25 92 −67
Template:Country data JPN 1 1 0 0 100% 24 18 +6
Template:Country data KAZ 1 1 0 0 100% 44 7 +37
23x15px Morocco 2 1 1 0 50% 36 24 +12
23x15px Namibia 1 1 0 0 100% 23 12 +11
23x15px New Zealand [N 1] 1 0 1 0 0% 3 64 −61
23x15px Paraguay 24 23 0 1 95.83% 1216 204 +1012
23x15px Peru 1 1 0 0 100% 10 6 +4
23x15px Portugal 10 7 3 0 70% 234 142 +92
23x15px Romania 6 0 5 1 0% 75 150 −75
23x15px Russia 7 3 4 0 42.86% 151 160 −9
23x15px Samoa 1 0 1 0 0% 13 60 −47
23x15px Scotland 1 0 1 0 0% 12 43 −31
23x15px South Africa 3 0 3 0 0% 12 245 −233
23x15px South Africa President's XV [N 1] 1 0 1 0 0% 9 37 −28
23x15px Spain 8 4 4 0 50% 155 109 +46
23x15px United States 14 1 12 1 7.14% 211 438 −227
23x15px Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100% 92 8 +84
Total 223 102 117 4 45.74% 4974 5511 −537
  1. ^ a b c d e f g Uruguay has awarded international caps for several games against national XV selections and A and B national teams.

World Cup Record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Finished Played Won Drew Lost Pts F Pts A P W D L F A
23x15px23x15px 1987 Not invited
23x15px23x15px23x15px 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
23x15px 1995 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 91 28
23x15px 1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 42 97 9 6 0 3 209 188
23x15px 2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 56 255 6 3 0 3 115 144
23x15px 2007 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 86 140
23x15px 2011 6 3 1 2 194 107
23x15px 2015 - - - - - - - 8 6 1 1 239 146
Total 2/5 7 2 0 5 98 352 38 22 2 14 934 753

Current squad

Uruguay's 23-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup Repechage qualification first leg match against Russia on 27 September.[5]

Head Coach: 23x15px Pablo Lemoine

  • Caps updated: 6 October 2014


Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Carlos Arboleya Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1985-07-23) 23 July 1985 (age 30) 33 23x15px Trébol de Paysandú
Nicolás Klappenbach (c) Template:Rugby squad player/role/HK (1982-03-25) 25 March 1982 (age 33) 37 23x15px Champagnat
Arturo Ávalo Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1986-08-27) 27 August 1986 (age 29) 24 23x15px Carrasco Polo Club
Alejo Corral Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 34) 32 23x15px San Isidro Club
Oscar Durán Template:Rugby squad player/role/PR (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 34) 23 23x15px Carrasco Polo Club
Franco Lamanna Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 24) 16 23x15px CUS Perugia
Rodrigo Capó Ortega Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK (1980-12-08) 8 December 1980 (age 35) 38 23x15px Castres
Mathias Palomeque Template:Rugby squad player/role/LK 12 23x15px Trébol de Paysandú
Juan De Freitas Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 26) 30 23x15px Champagnat
Juan Manuel Gaminara Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 18 23x15px Old Boys
Diego Magno Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 26) 35 23x15px Montevideo Cricket Club
Santiago Vilaseca Template:Rugby squad player/role/FL (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 31) 19 23x15px Old Boys
Alejandro Nieto Template:Rugby squad player/role/N8 (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 28) 21 23x15px Champagnat
Alejo Durán Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1991-05-20) 20 May 1991 (age 24) 16 23x15px Trébol de Paysandú
Agustín Ormaechea Template:Rugby squad player/role/SH (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 24) 15 23x15px Stade Montois
Felipe Berchesi Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 24) 11 23x15px SO Chambérien
Rodrigo Silva Template:Rugby squad player/role/FH (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 23) 6 23x15px Carrasco Polo Club
Joaquín Prada Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 24) 15 23x15px Los Cuervos
Alberto Román Template:Rugby squad player/role/CE (1987-06-01) 1 June 1987 (age 28) 25 23x15px Pucaru Stade Gaulois
Santiago Gilbernau Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 27) 19 23x15px Carrasco Polo Club
Leandro Leivas Template:Rugby squad player/role/WG (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 27) 28 23x15px Old Christians Club
Jerónimo Etcheverry Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1988-01-11) 11 January 1988 (age 28) 30 23x15px Carrasco Polo Club
Gastón Mieres Template:Rugby squad player/role/FB (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 26) 30 23x15px Lobos de Punta del Este

Notable All Times Players

See also

References

  1. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015", IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union — Uruguay". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  5. ^ Lista de 23 jugadores con destino a Rusia

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