Rimas Álvarez Kairelis

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Rimas Álvarez
Full name Rimas Álvarez Kairelis
Date of birth (1974-07-22) July 22, 1974 (age 40)
Place of birth Quilmes, Argentina
Height 1.97 m (6 ft 5 12 in)
Weight 106 kg (16 st 10 lb)
Rugby union career
Playing career
Position Lock or Flanker
Amateur clubs
Years Club / team
1992–2001 Pucará
Professional / senior clubs
Years Club / team Caps (points)
2001–present Perpignan
correct as of 25 September 2007.
National team(s)
Years Club / team Caps (points)
1998-2009 Argentina 44 (15)
correct as of 7 December 2011.
Sevens national teams
Years Club / team Comps
1997-2001 Argentina 4
correct as of 25 September 2007.

Rimas Álvarez Kairelis (born 22 July 1974 in Quilmes, Buenos Aires) is an Argentine rugby union footballer. He currently plays for Perpignan in the Top 14 in France. He has represented Argentina, and was part of the Argentinian squad at the 2003 Rugby World Cup and 2007 Rugby World Cup. His usual position is at lock.

Álvarez made his international debut in October 1998, as a replacement, in a match against Paraguay. He made his first start in his next match, against Chile. He played one other match for Argentina that year, against Uruguay.

He next played international rugby in May 2001, against Uruguay and Canada, and was capped another three times at the end of the season, in matches against Wales, Scotland and the All Blacks.

He played six internationals during the 2002 season, three during June, and three during the November Tests series. He played in games against France and South Africa in June 2003, and played another three games in August, and was then included in Argentina's squad for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia.

He played in the games against Namibia and Ireland during the World Cup pool stages. He played two internationals in 2004, and then next played for Argentina in June 2006. In 2007 he was selected to play for Argentina at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

Álvares has an engineering degree from the U.N.L.P.

Rimas has Lithuanian ancestry and also holds a Lithuanian passport.

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