Asociación Deportiva Francesa
|Full name||Asociación Deportiva Francesa|
|Founded||11 April 1913|
|Ground(s)||Del Viso, Greater Buenos Aires |
|Chairman||Juan Blanco |
|2016||11° of Reubicación A |
Asociación Deportiva Francesa is an Argentine rugby union and field hockey club sited in Del Viso, Greater Buenos Aires. The rugby team currently plays in Primera División A, the second division of the URBA league system.
The field hockey team plays at tournaments organised by the Buenos Aires Hockey Association.
The club was founded in 1913 by a group of French immigrants and Argentine natives from the merger of two French sports clubs, Societé Sportive Française and Club Sportif Francais. The name chosen was "Sportive Francaise", in order to increase the emotional bonds between both countries through the practise of sports. The first president of the club was Georges Roy and it was originally located on Venezuela street in the city of Buenos Aires.
At the beginning the club hosted the practise of athletics, association football, basketball, boxing, rugby union, and tennis. Sportiva Francesa was also founding member of the Argentine Basketball Federation. The rugby union team promoted to the first division in 1925.
Between the decades of 1920 and 1930, the team took part in all the championships organised by the Rugby Union although the club facilities had been completely destroyed by a terrible flooding in 1921.
Deportiva was promoted to first division in 1931 although the team was relegated to the second division the following year. Nevertheless, in 1947 a big group of players from Club Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires joined Deportiva Francesa. The following year, Depo promoted to the first division where the team remained 16 seasons until 1963. Deportiva Francesa was the first Argentine rugby club to tour on Europe, where the team played 10 matches with 5 victories and 2 losses. The club played friendly games in Portugal, Spain, Italy, France and the Netherlands during the 87-day tour.
In the 1950s and 1960s Deportiva played its home games in Castelar, Ramos Mejía and the city of Buenos Aires until 1957 when the club acquired the "Quinta Las Palmas", a country house located in Del Viso where Deportiva built its facilities. In the 2000s Deportiva Francesa added a women's field hockey section.
In November 2011, Deportiva Francesa promoted to the first division, after defeating Regatas Bella Vista 27–25 in the final game with a try scored in the last minute of the match. Therefore, the team played at Torneo de la URBA Grupo I in the 2012 season, but it was relegated at the end of the season.
- Juan Martín Hernández (2001-03) 
- Rodrigo Roncero (-2002) 
- José Javier Fernández 
- Rubén Castro 
- Mario Carluccio 
- Enrique Bianchetti 
- Enrique Mitchelstein 
- Raúl Pesce 
- Jorge Pulido 
- Juan Luis Guidi 
- Deportiva Francesa at URBA website
- Posiciones 2016 on URBA
- "Deportiva festejó sus primeros 100 años" at Pilar a Diario.com, 12 Apr 2013
- Historia at official website
- "Minuto para ganar", ESPN deportes.com
- "Deportiva ganó en el final y ascendió", Pilardiario.com
- "El libro centenario de Deportiva Francesa", Clarín, 16 Sep 2014
- Juan Martin Hernandez at Solo Rugby.com
- Rodrigo Roncero profile at UAR website
- "Deportiva Francesa también homenajeó a Rodrigo Roncero" at Rugbytime.com, 17 Oct 2012
- Deportiva Francesa at Museo del Rugby Archived March 4, 2016, at the Wayback Machine.
- "The Cabbage Patch makes its bow" at ESPNScrum.com