Andorra national rugby union team
|Union||Federació Andorrana de Rugby|
| Andorra 24 – 3 Luxembourg
(1 July 1987)
| Andorra 76 – 3 Norway
(4 September 2004)
| Andorra 3 – 62 Spain
(8 November 1997)
The Andorra national rugby union team, nicknamed Els Isards (which is a Pyrenean Chamois) represent Andorra in international rugby union competitions. They are currently ranked 61st out of 100 Rugby playing nations by the International Rugby Board (IRB). They play most of their home games in Andorra la Vella, the country's capital, though have had some matches in Foix, which is in France.
They compete in the European Nations Cup, and are currently in the second division. As well as playing numerous friendlies they have also taken part in the qualification stages of the Rugby World Cup, competing in every tournament since 1995.
Andorra played their first rugby international in 1987 against Luxembourg. Andorra won the match 24–3.
Andorra first tried to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 1995. They competed in the preliminary round in the west group of the European qualification. They defeated Denmark, but lost to Switzerland, and were knocked out.
Andorra also attempted to qualify for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Andorra started off in Pool 3 of Round 1, and won all four of their fixtures, finishing at the top of the final standings to advance through to Round 2. However they were then knocked out of qualifying after Round 2 coming last in a five team group.
They competed in Pool B of Round 1 in attempting to qualify for the 2003 World Cup, but did not advance to the next stage coming third in a six team group.
The 2007 tournament saw many more fixtures and gained the small nation some greater publicity by playing in the first match of the tournament, beating Norway 76–3. They won a 2 leg match, came third in the ensuing five team group thus qualifying for a further 2 leg playoff, victory in which led to a further five team group in which they were last. Competing with the more populous Moldova, Netherlands, Spain and Poland, having beaten Norway, Hungary, Slovenia and Sweden certainly brought Andorra to the attention of more rugby followers, all in spite of a small population of just 70,000.
The popularity of football in Andorra has been on the decline due to a poor record at home and away. This has left room for Andorran rugby to rise out of the shadows. Mainly affected by the fanatical popularity of rugby in southern France, Els Isards continue to impress on the international stage. This has led to the rapid increase in the number of registered players in Andorra. Many are now suggesting that rugby in Andorra has grown to such an extent that it has now become the tiny nation's national sport.
As well as a men's 15 aside team, the men have competed in the European Sevens competition since 2005. In 2005 they won promotion to the next division and in both 2006 and 2007 made the finals of the competition.
Also Andorra have a women's set up. They have only played sevens so far, competing in 2006 and 2007.
Youth rugby in Andorra is less developed and has to date only consisted of training camps.
Results Men's 15 aside
Andorra have played friendlies, FIRA competitions and World Cup Qualifiers. The full results list including details of unplayed games can be found below. The various game types can be summarised as follows – note that unfulfilled and defaulted games are NOT included in the analysis although they do count towards the game count in the full list. Also if a game has been both a World Cup and FIRA game then it is only recorded here in the World Cup figures.
Matches against individual teams can be summarised as follows
|Bosnia and Herzegovina||1||1||0||0||100||23||13||10|
|Hungary||4||3||0||1||75||116||58||58||There is also one unfulfilled fixture|
|Yugoslavia||4||3||0||1||75||56||43||13||There is also one unfulfilled fixture|
|Sweden||4||2||0||2||50||67||79||−12||There is also one win by default|
|Latvia||2||0||0||2||0||30||54||−24||There is also one unfulfilled fixture|
|Moldova||1||0||0||1||0||16||23||−7||There is also one unfulfilled fixture and one defeat by default|
|Switzerland||4||0||0||4||0||48||94||−46||There is also one win by default|
Full Match List
Defaulted games (3), unfulfilled games (5) and non-Internationals (3) do not count towards the match tally.
|1||1 July 1987||Luxembourg (1)||24||3||A Luxembourg||FIRA C||First International for Andorra|
|2||8 July 1987||Luxembourg (2)||12||3||H Andorra La Vella||Friendly||First Home match|
|3||28 May 1988||Bulgaria (1)||6||30||A Sofia||FIRA C||First defeat|
|4||1 July 1988||Bulgaria (2)||7||21||H Andorra||Friendly|
|5||8 April 1989||Tunisia (1)||7||19||H Andorra La Vella||Friendly||First game against an African team|
|6||23 April 1989||Luxembourg (3)||8||10||A Cessange||FIRA C|
|7||28 May 1989||Bulgaria (3)||7||21||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA C|
|8||1 July 1989||Luxembourg (4)||6||10||A||Friendly|
|9||8 April 1990||Tunisia (2)||6||12||H Andorra La Vella||Friendly||9th consecutive defeat|
|10||29 April 1990||Luxembourg (5)||26||6||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA C|
|11||26 May 1990||Yugoslavia (1)||9||3||A Split||FIRA C|
|12||9 March 1991||Morocco (1)||9||25||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA C|
|13||23 March 1991||Portugal (1)||15||33||A Coimbra||FIRA C|
|14||4 May 1991||Tunisia (3)||16||14||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA C|
|15||9 November 1991||Tunisia (4)||19||35||A Tunis||FIRA C||First match in Africa|
|16||28 March 1992||Portugal (2)||6||29||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA C|
|17||25 April 1992||Morocco (2)||10||38||A Casablanca||FIRA C|
|18||1 October 1992||Denmark (1)||3||0||H||Friendly||Some sources list this as the WC game but it appears to be separate|
|19||27 October 1992||Denmark (2)||8||5||H Andorra La Vella||WC 1995||First World Cup match|
|20||31 October 1992||Switzerland (1)||0||14||H Andorra La Vella||WC 1995||First game without scoring|
|21||28 November 1992||Netherlands (1)||6||40||A Hertogenbosch||FIRA B1|
|22||17 April 1993||Poland (1)||6||19||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B1|
|23||15 May 1993||Czech Republic (1)||6||3||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B1|
|24||11 September 1993||Sweden (1)||6||25||A Nassjo||FIRA B1|
|25||6 November 1993||Poland (2)||10||30||A Sochaczew||FIRA B1|
|26||26 March 1994||Netherlands (2)||10||49||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B1|
|27||12 April 1994||Czech Republic (2)||0||56||A Prague||FIRA B1|
|Def||15 May 1994||Sweden||w/o||H Default||FIRA B1||Won by default|
|Non Int||25 March 1995||Catalunya||6||66||A St Boi||Friendly – non-International|
|28||22 April 1995||Croatia (1)||0||16||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B3|
|Def||7 May 1995||Switzerland||w/o||A Default||FIRA B3||Won by default|
|29||13 May 1995||Luxembourg (6)||18||18||A Cessange||FIRA B3||First draw|
|30||26 November 1995||Slovenia (1)||28||23||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B3|
|31||24 March 1996||Yugoslavia (2)||30||12||A Ursag||FIRA B2|
|32||20 April 1996||Bulgaria (4)||13||8||H Andorra La Vella||FIRA B2|
|33||19 October 1996||Lithuania (1)||54||24||H Andorra La Vella||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round A|
|34||2 November 1996||Sweden (2)||21||20||H Andorra La Velle||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round A|
|35||15 March 1997||Luxembourg (7)||30||16||A Cessange||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round A|
|36||14 June 1997||Hungary (1)||34||5||A Budapest||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round A, 7th consecutive win and 8th unbeaten|
|37||13 September 1997||Czech Republic (3)||20||45||A Tatra Smichov Stadium||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round B|
|38||4 October 1997||Germany (1)||11||56||H Andorra La Velle||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round B|
|39||8 November 1997||Spain (1)||3||62||H Andorra La Velle||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round B, biggest defeat|
|40||30 May 1998||Portugal (3)||11||53||A Lousa||WC 1999||Pool 3 Round B|
|41||26 September 1998||Switzerland (2)||14||15||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA D|
|42||31 October 1998||Bulgaria (5)||3||5||A||FIRA D|
|43||27 February 1999||Monaco (1)||29||6||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA D|
|44||12 June 1999||Israel (1)||19||13||A||FIRA D|
|45||30 October 1999||Slovenia (2)||3||16||A||FIRA D1|
|46||5 February 2000||Monaco (2)||14||10||A||FIRA D1|
|47||26 February 2000||Hungary (2)||32||10||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA D1|
|48||13 May 2000||Austria (1)||21||12||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA D1|
|49||14 October 2000||Yugoslavia (3)||12||9||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2003||EURO Round A|
|50||28 October 2000||Hungary (3)||21||27||A Szazhalombatta||WC 2003||EURO Round A|
|51||5 May 2001||Switzerland (3)||25||33||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2003||EURO Round A|
|52||12 May 2001||Bulgaria (6)||59||10||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2003||EURO Round A|
|53||26 May 2001||Bosnia Herzogovina (1)||23||13||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2003||EURO Round A|
|54||13 October 2001||Austria (2)||56||3||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA B||Pool A|
|55||11 November 2001||Slovenia (3)||16||26||A Ljubljana||FIRA B||Pool A|
|Non Int||27 March 2002||Northwestern University (USA)||40||5||H Andorra La Velle||Touring team|
|56||5 May 2002||Yugoslavia (4)||5||19||H Andorra La Velle||FIRA B||Pool A|
|Def||1 June 2002||Moldova||w/o||A Chisnau||FIRA B||Pool A – Lost by default|
|Unf||22 September 2002||Moldova||Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture|
|Unf||26 October 2002||Hungary||Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture|
|Unf||3 November 2002||Yugoslavia||Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture|
|Unf||2 March 2003||Latvia||Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture|
|57||4 September 2004||Norway (1)||76||3||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2007||Round 1 – first game of the tournament, biggest victory|
|58||18 September 2004||Norway (2)||23||9||A Bergen||WC 2007||Round 1|
|59||23 October 2004||Hungary (4)||29||16||A Vasas||WC 2007||Round 2 Pool A|
|60||20 November 2004||Croatia (2)||7||18||A Stadium Metalac, Sisak||WC 2007||Round 2 Pool A|
|61||12 February 2005||Spain (2)||14||36||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2007||Round 2 Pool A|
|62||30 April 2005||Slovenia (4)||38||5||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2007||Round 2 Pool A|
|63||28 May 2005||Sweden (3)||30||20||H Andorra La Velle||WC 2007||Round 2 playoff|
|64||4 June 2005||Sweden (4)||10||14||A Vanersborg||WC 2007||Round 2 playoff|
|65||29 October 2005||Poland (3)||14||18||A||WC 2007||Round 3 Pool A|
|66||26 November 2005||Netherlands (3)||0||51||A Amsterdam||WC 2007||Round 3 Pool A|
|67||11 March 2006||Spain (3)||0||31||H Andorra La Vella||WC 2007||Round 3 Pool A|
|68||6 May 2006||Moldova (1)||16||23||H Andorra La Vella||WC 2007||Round 3 Pool A|
|69||7 October 2006||Poland (4)||8||54||A||ENC 2B|
|70||4 November 2006||Latvia (1)||21||34||H Andorra La Vella||ENC 2B||7th consecutive defeat|
|71||7 April 2007||Croatia (3)||24||13||H Andorra La Vella||ENC 2B|
|72||12 May 2007||Malta (1)||24||31||A Valletta||ENC 2B|
|73||29 September 2007||Poland (5)||5||33||H Andorra La Vella||ENC 2B|
|74||24 November 2007||Latvia (2)||9||20||A Riga||ENC 2B|
|75||19 April 2008||Croatia (4)||10||15||A Split||ENC 2B|
|76||17 May 2008||Malta (2)||17||16||H Andorra la Vella||ENC 2B|
|77||8 November 2008||Lithuania (2)||10||26||H Andorra la Vella||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|78||6 December 2008||Serbia (1)||7||32||A Semderevo||ENC 3A & WC 2011||A squad of only 18 went to this game|
|79||14 March 2009||Switzerland (4)||9||32||A Avusy, Geneva||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|80||21 March 2009||Armenia (1)||36||10||H Andorra la Vella||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|Unknown||Lithuania (3)||A||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|Unknown||Armenia (2)||A||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|Unknown||Switzerland (5)||H||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
|Unknown||Serbia (2)||H||ENC 3A & WC 2011|
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.
Results Men's 7s
To date Andorra (men) have played in fourteen International Sevens Tournaments (WC Qualifier 1996 (1 round), WC Qualifier 2000 (1 round), FIRA-AER 2003 Qualifiers (1 round), FIRA-AER 2004 Qualifiers (2 rounds), FIRA-AER 2005 Qualifiers (2 rounds), FIRA-AER 2006 Qualifiers (2 rounds) and Finals, FIRA-AER 2007 Qualifiers (2 rounds) and Finals, FIRA-AER 2008 Qualifiers). In FIRA-AER, each year a number of tournaments take place across Europe and each nation takes part in two tournaments to decide on a final 12. In 2007 Andorra were joint 12th with Croatia but qualified on points difference. The FIRA-AER qualifiers have seen placings of 5th (5 times), 4th (1 time) and 3rd (2 times). Both appearances in the finals have seen 12th (last) but notable teams have failed to qualify.
The following 20-men squad was announced on 29 May 2008 for the WCQ tournaments.
Paul Alieu – David Kirikashvili – Toni Carmona – Peter Ambor – Gerard Soteras – Jonathan Garcia – Esteve Perez – Marc Abello – Renaud Calvel – Roger Fite – Marc Gispert – Josep Magallon – Sergi Lucas – Miquel Barbolla – Kim Jordan – Emmanuel Sarti – Benjami Taurinya – Flavien Sayo – Maxim Taurinya – Gerard Gimenez
Myriam García Ramón – Iolanda Gispert Sancho – Marilia Ferreira Gomes – Carla Ferreira Gomes – Sílvia Cuaresma – Sandra Guerrero Soria – Magali Paradelle – Tània Albino Ferreira – Mariona Vila Torrents – Anna Casals Casas – Beatriz Candela Callejero – Gisela Escolà i Marsal – Olga Arrú Solana – Juana Gutierrez Lopez – Judith Riba Mateu – Cèlia Ferreira Gomes – Carol Dañobeitia – Lorena Ledesma Torres – Sònia Llopis Carreras – Isabel Tejero Cano – Sílvia Arrú Solana
There are only limited records for Andorran youth rugby.
A training camp (with Spain and Portugal) took place in 2001/2002. A similar camp took place at Tarazones from 7 to 12 April 2006 with 23 players and 3 coaches attending. These are both for Under 17s.
A camp is planned for 14 to 19 March 2008 in Spain, with Spain and Portugal. This too is for under 17s.
Andorra took part in the 1996 Junior World Cup (winning group C) and also took part in the pre-classification stages in 2000.
Andorra currently have a "school of rugby" and over 100 individuals are currently signed up
The 13 years group saw Andorra with 15 players, Pamiers with 20 and Couserans with 30.
The final standings were Couseran I (26pts), Andorra (12pts), Pamiers (9pts), Couseran II (3pts)
The 15years group saw Andorra with 15 players, Pamiers with 16 and Couserans with 26.
The final standings were Couseran I (25pts), Pamiers (11pts), Andorra (7pts), Couseran II (2pts)
Andorra is currently locating veterans – they must be Andorran, over 35 and not playing currently. If there are enough then they will look to participate in relevant competitions
Not counting youth training camps (which are mentioned in that section) and hosting tournaments, Andorra also endeavours to be involved in non-playing activities.
1993 Hosts 52nd FIRA conference
20 to 22 January 2009 Two delegates sent to IRB/FIRA-AER Educator Course at Rome