Carrasco Polo Club

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Carrasco Polo Club
Carrasco Polo Club Crest.svg
Full name Carrasco Polo Club
Union Uruguayan Rugby Union
Founded 1933
Location Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground(s) Camino Carrasco
President Francisco Pick
League(s) Uruguayo
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.cpc.com.uy

Carrasco Polo Club is a multisport Uruguayan club, from the Carrasco neighbourhood of Montevideo, best known for their rugby team.

Their name references directly their polo team and the fact that Carrasco has one of Uruguay's leading equestrian centres. Its rugby union section is one of the best Uruguayan rugby union teams. They already won several titles and usually provide many players for the Uruguay national rugby union team. The 2003 Rugby World Cup finals squad had 12 players from Carrasco Polo Club. Diego Ormaechea, considered the best Uruguayan rugby union footballer of all time, played all his career at Carrasco Polo Club. He's currently the head coach of the rugby union team.

History[edit]

In 1949, "rugby criollo" was introduced into the Carrasco Polo Club, which not unlike the Montevideo Cricket Club (MVCC), would become more renowned for rugby than the sport it was named for.[1]

In 1950, the Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby was inaugurated and continues today. The first Club Championship was contested by Old Boys, Colonia Rugby, and multisport clubs such as the MVCC and Carrasco Polo Club (which supplied two XVs).[1]

Carrasco Polo Club was transformed by the coaching of Amarillo Washington, who used scientific methods to replace the earlier habits of "training hard, but then after matches going to the bar to eat and drink everything."[2] Carrasco's leading player Diego Ormaechea had been introduced to the sport as a fifteen-year-old in 1976 and was still playing for club and country more than twenty years later.[2]

In 1993, Carrasco Polo Club beat a Buenos Aires squad which included 14 Pumas.[2]

The club's main rivals are Old Christians Club and Old Boys Club.

Honours[edit]

  • Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby
    • Winners (26): 1952, 1961, 1966, 1981, 1983, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Richards, p164, Chapter 9 From Muller to Mias
  2. ^ a b c Richards, Chapter 13, Resisting the Inevitable, p236