Torneo del Noroeste

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Torneo del Noroeste
Sport Rugby union
Instituted 1944
Number of teams 20 (Zona Campeonato)
Country  Argentina
Holders Cardenales (2013)
Most titles Universitario (Tucumán) (22 titles)

The Campeonato Anual Regional del Noroeste, Torneo del Noroeste, Torneo del Norte or simply Torneo del NOA (Noroeste Argentino – Argentine North-West), is a regional rugby union competition in Argentina.

Originally, only clubs from the Unión de Rugby de Tucumán took part. Today however, the competition also involves clubs from the unions of Salta, Jujuy and Santiago del Estero.

This yearly tournament has traditionally been dominated by Tucumán clubs. Clubs from the other 3 provinces have yet to win a title.

The most successful teams are Universitario (Tucumán) and Tucumán RC with 22 and 20 titles respectively.

History[edit]

Rugby was first played in Tucumán in 1915 but the first official rugby team in the province – Club Natación y Gimnasia – would only be formed in 1936. Six years later Tucumán Rugby Club was founded, followed by Universitario Rugby Club in 1943 and Cardenales Rugby Club in 1944.

Those four clubs would go on to found the "Unión de Rugby del Norte" on 29 February 1944.

Although the URN was based in Tucumán Province it also dealt with fledgling clubs from the neighbouring provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Santiago del Estero. Later these provinces would go on to form their own unions: Unión de Rugby de Salta in 1951, Unión Jujeña de Rugby in 1966 and Unión Santiagueña de Rugby in 1968.

Although all four provinces take part in the regional Torneo del Noroeste, they still organise their own local competitions.

Formula[edit]

19 clubs from all 4 provinces take part in the tournament. The competition is divided into two divisions. 12 clubs take part in the Zona Campaonato, the other 7 in the Zona Ascenso. The tournament uses a promotion/relegation system, with the lowest team in the Campeonato division being replaced by the highest ranked team from the Ascenso division at the end of each season.

Every year, the best 5 teams from the Noroeste tournament qualify for the Torneo del Interior, where they meet clubs from the country's other regional tournaments: Litoral, Centro, Noreste, Pampeana, Oeste and Patagónico.

The two finalists of the Interior tournament then go on to play the finalists of the Buenos Aires League for the national title in the Nacional de Clubes.

Championships[edit]

Titles[edit]

Year Champion(s)
1944 Tucumán RC
1945 Tucumán RC
1946 Universitario (Tucumán)
1947 Natación y Gimnasia
1948 Tucumán RC
1949 Natación y Gimnasia
1950 not held
1951 Uni Tucumán & Tucumán Rugby *
1952 Tucumán RC
1953 Tucumán RC
1954 Cardenales
1955 Natación y Gimnasia
1956 Tucumán RC
1957 Natación y Gimnasia
1958 Universitario (Tucumán)
1959 Universitario (Tucumán)
1960 Universitario (Tucumán)
1961 Natación y Gimnasia & Tucumán RC *
1962 Tucumán Rugby
1963 Universitario (Tucumán)
1964 Cardenales
1965 Universitario (Tucumán)
1966 Los Tarcos
1967 Universitario (Tucumán) & Los Tarcos *
1968 Universitario (Tucumán)
1969 Los Tarcos
1970 Universitario (Tucumán)
1971 Universitario (Tucumán)
1972 Universitario (Tucumán)
1973 Universitario (Tucumán) & Tucumán LT *
1974 Universitario (Tucumán)
1975 Los Tarcos
1976 Universitario (Tucumán) & Los Tarcos *
1977 Tucumán LT & Tucumán RC *
1978 Tucumán Rugby
1979 Tucumán LT
1980 Tucumán LT
1981 Tucumán LT
1982 Tucumán LT
1983 Los Tarcos
1984 Los Tarcos
1985 Los Tarcos
1986 Los Tarcos
1987 Los Tarcos
1988 Tucumán RC
1989 Tucumán RC
1990 Tucumán RC
1991 Tucumán RC
1992 Tucumán RC
1993 Tucumán RC
1994 Los Tarcos
1995 Natación y Gimnasia & Tucumán RC *
1996 Natación y Gimnasia
1997 Universitario (Tucumán)
1998 Universitario (Tucumán)
1999 Huirapuca
2000 Tucumán RC
2001 Huirapuca
2002 Uni Tucumán & Cardenales *
2003 Huirapuca
2004 Los Tarcos
2005 Universitario (Tucumán)
2006 Tucumán RC
2007 Universitario (Tucumán)
2008 Tucumán LT
2009 Tucumán LT & Universitario (Tucumán) *
2010 Universitario (Tucumán)
2011 Tucumán LT
2012 Tucumán LT
2013 Cardenales & Huirapuca
* shared title

Titles by team[edit]

Team Titles Years won
Universitario (Tucumán) 22 1946, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010
Tucumán RC 20 1944, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2006
Los Tarcos 12 1966, 1967, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2004
Tucumán LT 10 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012
Natación y Gimnasia 7 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1995, 1996
Cardenales 4 1954, 1964, 2002, 2013
Huirapuca 4 1999, 2001, 2003, 2013

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