South American Rugby Championship

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South American Rugby Championship
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1951
No. of teams 12
Continent South America
Most recent champion(s)  Argentina

The South American Rugby Championship is a four-tiered, annual rugby union competition that features teams from South America. The tournament began in 1951 with Uruguay as the host, which saw Argentina win the title. It wasn't until 2005 when the first official Division B tournament was held, which was eventually won by Brazil. In 2012, a C Division was added, and was won by Costa Rica. In 2014, an addition competition was added, CONSUR Cup, which is contested by Argentina and the top two sides of the A Division the previous year.

As of 2013, all tournaments have been won by Argentina with the exception of the 1981 edition, in which Argentina did not participate, which was won by Uruguay.

Format[edit]

The South American Rugby Championship is a round-robin tournament, witch each team playing each other once at a designated host stadium. From 1951–1998, only Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were the core teams in the tournament. They competed the along side occasional additions of Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, with the winner being decided on which team finishes with the most table points. In 2000, a second division was added, which meant the bottom placed team of the A division had a play-off match with the top placed team of the B division, although this did not apply to every tournament due to the Rugby World Cup qualification formats. In 2012, a third Division was added, which meant up until 2014, the bottom placed team of the B division would play a play-off match against the top placed C Division team. Although like A and B, this did not apply to every tournament due to the Rugby World Cup qualification format. In 2014, the tournament became a four-tiered competition, with Argentina no longer competing as a regular. However, the tournament would keep the same format for promotion and relegation. The top placed team from Division C will play a play-off match against the bottom placed team from Division B to determine which Division those teams are in for the succeeding tournament. The winner of the play-off match will earn a place in Division B for the succeeding tournament, the loser plays in Division C the following year. This works in the same way for Division A and B. The top placed team of Division B will play a play-off match against the bottom placed team from Division A to determine which divisions those teams will play in for the succeeding tournament. The winner of the play-off match will earn a place in Division A for the succeeding tournament, the loser plays in Division B the following year. However, the top two teams of Division A, will compete for the CONSUR Cup, along side Argentina, the following year regardless of their positions of that year.

Current divisions (2014)[edit]

CONSUR Cup
 Argentina
 Chile
 Uruguay
Division A
 Brazil
 Chile
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
Division B
 Colombia
 Peru
 Venezuela
 Ecuador
Division C
 Costa Rica
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Panama

Results[edit]

Past Tournaments 1951–1998[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
1951  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil
1958  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Peru
1961  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil
1964  Argentina  Brazil  Uruguay  Chile
1967  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay
1969  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay
1971  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
1973  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1975  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
1977  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1979  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1981  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1983  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1985  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1987  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1989  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1991  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1993  Argentina  Uruguay  Paraguay  Chile  Brazil
1995  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1997  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1998  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay

Past Tournaments 2000–2012[edit]

Division A[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
2000  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2001  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2002  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2003  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2004  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Venezuela
2005  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2006  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2007 [1]  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2008  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2009  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
2010  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
2011  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
2012  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil

Division B[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
2000  Brazil  Venezuela  Peru
2001  Brazil  Venezuela  Peru  Colombia
2002  Brazil  Peru  Venezuela  Colombia
2003  Venezuela  Brazil  Colombia  Peru
2004  Paraguay  Brazil  Peru  Colombia
2005  Paraguay  Brazil  Peru  Colombia  Venezuela
2006  Brazil  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Costa Rica
2008  Brazil  Paraguay  Venezuela  Colombia  Peru
2009  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Costa Rica
2010  Peru  Venezuela  Colombia  Costa Rica
2011  Venezuela  Peru  Colombia  Costa Rica
2012  Paraguay  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru

Division C[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2012  Costa Rica  Guatemala  Ecuador  El Salvador

Past Tournaments 2013–Present[edit]

Division A[edit]

Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
(Relegated)
2013  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil
2014  Uruguay  Paraguay  Brazil  Chile

Notes:

  • No team was relegated from 2013–2014.
  • Argentina did not participate in the 2014 tournament.

Division B[edit]

Year Winner
(Promoted)
Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
(Relegated)
2013  Paraguay  Colombia  Peru  Venezuela
2014

Notes:

  • No team was relegated from 2013–2014.

Division C[edit]

Year Winner
(Promoted)
Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2013  Ecuador  Costa Rica  Guatemala  El Salvador
2014

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not completed

External links[edit]