El Salvador national rugby union team

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Not to be confused with CR El Salvador.
El Salvador
Union Salvadoran Rugby Association
Nickname(s) Los Torogoces
(Turquoise-browed Motmots)
Coach(es) Manuel Natero
Team kit
First international
 Costa Rica 57 - 3 El Salvador 
2 December 2012
Largest win
 El Salvador 29 - 3 Panama 
11 October 2014
Largest defeat
 Costa Rica 71 - 3 El Salvador 
1 December 2013

The El Salvador national rugby union team (Spanish: rugby union equipo nacional de El Salvador), nicknamed Los Torogoces, represents El Salvador in rugby union. They had their first international tournament in 2011 in Costa Rica along the other teams from Central America, winning the Silver Cup.


El Salvador started playing matches against Guatemalan clubs in 2009, losing 3−85 against Xela and winning 37–11 against Santa Rosa.[1] Consequently a victory against Xela Rugby Club 17–0, after clinching the second place in the Guatemalan Championship the "Torogoces" prepare 2 teams to give battle in the upcoming championship, which is in this case to bring the 1st place.

El Salvador's coaches are from France and Argentina. Even though rugby is such a young sport in this country, it is opening way within other popular sports. Recently,[when?] the Salvadoran Rugby Association (Federacion Salvadorena de Rugby) was recognized as a federation from the local Olympic committee, making it an official recognized sport in El Salvador.

El Salvador played their first international against Costa Rica as part of the 2012 South American Rugby Championship "C". They recorded their first international win, during the 2014 ARC, over Costa Rica. They went on to defeat Panama, which secured their first major tournament victory.[2]


South American Rugby Championship
Year Tournament
Win/Loss Position
2012 C 0–3 4/4
2013 C 0–3 4/4
2014 C 2–1 1/4


Jean Pierre Agati (Fra)
Manuel Natero (Arg)
Ivan Seassal (Fra)
Board of Directors
  • Chairman: Enrique Angulo
  • Vice chair: Luis Donis
  • Treasurer: Jorge Huezo
  • Secretary: Roberto Calderon


Current players[edit]

El Salvador's rugby union team has a mixture of local young athletes with the reinforcement of experienced foreign players. Torogoces now remains as El Salvador's national team, recognized by CONSUR as a member and will participate in south and Central American tournaments under that name. Rugby in this country has evolved and two clubs have been created: Cuscatlan Rugby Club and Santa Tecla Rugby Club, both still participating in the binational club league with Guatemala. Players from both teams will be selected by trainers and the Federacion Salvadorena de Rugby to be part of Torogoces for international tournaments. In September 2013, Cuscatlán Rugby Club became the first Salvadoran team to win the Bi-National League with Guatemala.

Women national team[edit]

Current players[edit]

Player Club
Ligia Rivas El Salvador
Shelby Funes El Salvador
Leyla Abullarade El Salvador
Claudia Abullarade El Salvador
Veronica Martz El Salvador
Nory Olivares El Salvador
Claudia Mejia El Salvador
Kathya Morales El Salvador
Kathya Hernandez El Salvador
Marlina Hernandez El Salvador
Angie Funes El Salvador
Anna Rispa El Salvador
Yalile Flores El Salvador
Carmen Aída Fuentes El Salvador
Ingrid Solorzano El Salvador
Patricia Macagni El Salvador
Virginia Massut El Salvador
Laura Cardoza El Salvador
Rhina Aparicio El Salvador
Keni López El Salvador
Aura Soriano El Salvador
Andrea Cáceres El Salvador

COACHES: Daniel Ola, Erik Salas

See also[edit]


  1. ^ (Spanish) Los Torogoces Aletean
  2. ^ "El Salvador campeón". CONSUR. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 

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