Rugby union in Colombia
|Rugby union in Colombia|
|Governing body||Federacion Colombiana de Rugby|
|First played||Before 1986|
Rugby union in Colombia is a minor but growing sport, with 2,942 registered players and 35 rugby union clubs in Colombia. The Colombian national team is currently[when?] ranked 53rd by the International Rugby Board.
Rugby was first introduced into Colombia from the southern parts of South America, but really started going in 1986, when British and French expats played on Sundays in Bogotá. In the 1990s, the game spread to the locals.
In Colombia, rugby is not well supported by the government or media, as football (soccer) has a stronger tradition in the country. The Colombian rugby team is called Los Tucanes.
In Bogotá, rugby was pushed by a few players, Alfonso Castafaletti and Hywel Jones in the early nineties and then in early 2000s Andrew Wright, Nick Reeves and Andres Tejada who is currently coaching the team with Juan Roman. Hans Rausch was instrumental in helping the game develop in Medellin.
Since the first origins of rugby in Colombia in 1986, rugby has grown especially in the beginning of the 1990s when the sport was not only being played by French and British expats but also by locals. In Bogotá, rugby was pushed by a few players Alfonso Castafaletti and Hywel Jones in the early nineties and then in early 2000s Andrew Wright, Nick Reeves y Andres Tejada who is currently coaching the team with Juan Roman.
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- (Spanish) Federacion Colombiana de Rugby F.C.R.
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- (French) Archives du Rugby: Colombie
- IRB Unions. Retrieved 5 July 2009
- BBC Wales North West Colombian rugby team, Hywel Jones. Retrieved 5 July 2009