Argentina national rugby league team

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Argentina
Team information
Governing body Argentina Rugby League
Region Americas
Head coach Pablo Aguilera - Emiliano Rodríguez
Captain Juan Ignacio Cánepa
RLIF ranking 39th
Team results
First international
 Argentina 4–40 Australian Police Australia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2005)
Biggest win
 Argentina 36-6 Colombia 
(Los Ángeles, Chile; 17 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 6–60 Australian Police Australia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2005)
World Cup
Appearances 0

The Argentina national rugby league team (nicknamed the Penguins) represent Argentina in the sport of rugby league football.

History[edit]

Argentina first played rugby league in 2005 when the Australian Police Rugby League Association organised a tour to Buenos Aires where they played two games against Argentina. The first game resulted in the Australian Police winning 40–4 with a crowd attendance of around 150 the second game was a 60–6 win for the Australian Police with a crowd attendance of around 300.[1]

The sport then remained dormant in the country for over 10 years before being revived in 2016 amidst a number of other South and Central American nations taking up the sport. Argentina saw its first domestic activity for a decade in November 2016 when it hosted a 9-a-side tournament in Miramar involving the national teams of Argentina and Chile, as well as a number of select sides from around the region which were bolstered by the Latin Heat organization.[2] The final of the event was between the Argentina and Chile national teams, with Argentina winning 16-0.[3]

In 2017, with great effort from the players and coaching staff, Argentina traveled to Chile by bus, to be in the First Latinoamericano, first one to be formally played with 13 players a side and three referees. This event gave Argentina the chance to enter for the first time into to the International Ranking. With all players from development and social leagues, in the debut, it was a 36-6 win over Colombia, and in the Final, with Chile having Australian native players, it was a loss. Nowadays, the national team struggles to survive trying to add players, open some local competition and arrange some international friendlies with the typical economic issues of an amateur sport in the country.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "2005 International Rugby League Results & Tables - Rugby League International Scores". www.rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  2. ^ "Argentina to host inaugural South American Tri-Series - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". asiapacificrl.com. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 
  3. ^ "Argentina win Primer Torneo Sudamericano de Rugby League - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". asiapacificrl.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018. 

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