Enrique Rodríguez (rugby union)

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Enrique Rodríguez
Full name Enrique Edgardo Rodriguez
Date of birth (1952-06-20) 20 June 1952 (age 62)
Place of birth Concordia, Argentina
Height 178 cm
Weight 110 Kg
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Prop/Hooker
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1979-1983
1984-1987

1980
 Argentina
 Australia
 Tahiti
Jaguars
13
26
1
4
(4)
(4)
(0)
(4)

Enrique Edgardo 'Topo' Rodríguez (born in Concordia, Argentina on 20 June 1952), is an Argentina-born rugby union player. He started playing for the Universidad Nacional of Cordoba RC in 1971 and representative in 1976 for Cordoba Province team. Argentina and Australia; representing the Wallabies at the 1st Rugby World Cup in 1987.

He also represented the South American Jaguars in 1980 at test level (4 caps) and played as a guest for Tahiti.

He played tighthead prop, loosehead prop and hooker He was known for his hard play and excellent scrummaging technique.

After retiring from rugby in 1987, Rodriguez was diagnosed with bipolar disorder. A play, Topo by Asoc. Prof. Neil Cole (a prolific playwright), was shown at the Seymour Theatre Centre, Sydney in June 2007, describing the "highs and lows of life" including his experiences of living with mental illness.[1]

In August 2012 Rodriguez self-published a book called "The ART of Scrummaging", which presents the opinions of 40 collaborators (ex-international players and coaches) on the subject of scrummaging.

He is nicknamed Topo - the Spanish word for "mole".

Career[edit]

He played his first ever test match for Argentina against New Zealand 1979 and his last test match for the Argentine team was against Australia on 7 August 1983 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In March 1984 Rodriguez and his family emigrated to Sydney, Australia. Warringah RC organised his settlement in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Rodriguez played his first test match for the Australian Wallabies against Fiji on 9 June 1984 (barely 10 weeks after arrival) then a 3 test series vs New Zealand in Australia and the 1984 Grand Slam tour of UK and Ireland.

In June 1986 played his first test against Argentina, also took part in the Bledisloe Cup wining team in New Zealand. His last international for Australia, coincidentally was against Argentina on 7 November 1987, Buenos Aires.

He was also capped for Tahiti against France in an invitational match to celebrate Bastille Day in Papetee (14 July 1981). Other three guests also played for Tahiti, they were All Blacks' backs: Brett Codlin, Robert Kururangi and Tim Twigden.

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