Chile national rugby union team

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Chile
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Condores
EmblemAndean condor
UnionChilean Rugby Federation
Head coachPablo Lemoine
CaptainBenjamín Soto
Most capsCristian Onetto (65)
Top scorerCristian González (192)
Home stadiumEstadio Municipal de La Pintana
Parque Mahuida
Centro de Alto Rendimiento
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current29 (as of February 2019)
Highest23 (2003-05, 2007, 2009-12, 2015)
Lowest31 (2018)
First international
Chile 0–29 Argentina
(18 September 1936)
Biggest win
Chile 102–0 Paraguay
(5 May 2003)
Biggest defeat
Chile 6–89 Argentina
(20 May 2009)
World Cup
Appearances0
Website[2]

The Chile national rugby union team, nicknamed Los Cóndores, plays in red jerseys and blue shorts, and is organised by the Chilean Rugby Federation (Federación de Rugby de Chile). As of 2019, Chile has not qualified for a Rugby World Cup.

Chile was the second South American nation after Argentina to play international rugby union, playing their first international test against Argentina in 1936 in Santiago. Chile is one of the founding members of CONSUR, now known as Sudamérica Rugby, in 1989, alongside Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Chile has long been participating in the South American Rugby Championship since 1951, and has consistently been the third or second best team in South America. In 2016, Chile, alongside the unions of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Uruguay, formed the Americas Rugby Championship, aimed at increasing the standard of rugby union in the Americas.

The sport has historic connections to the Scottish community in the country. In 2012, two Scottish-Chilean players, Donald and Ian Campbell, were inducted into the IRB (now World Rugby) Hall of Fame.

History[edit]

Early history (1890s - 1959)[edit]

Rugby was introduced in Chile roughly around the late 19th century, as it was in other parts of South America by British immigrants who arrived in ports.[1] The first recorded rugby game taking place on Chilean soil was in 1894, from British immigrants who lived in both Santiago, Iquique and Valparaíso. Until the 1930s, the game was initially mostly played by the British-descended community of Chile.[2] In 1935, the Chilean Rugby Federation was founded.

Chile's first ever fixtures were against Argentina in September 1936, a two-game series played in the capital Santiago. Chile lost both of their games by scorelines of 0 to 20 and 3 to 31, respectively. Chile would visit Argentina in 1938 in Buenos Aires, losing 3 to 33. Chile would not play another fixture until 1948, where they beat Uruguay 21 to 3 in Buenos Aires.

The Chilean team began competing more consistently in the 1950s. In 1951, Chile played the first South American Rugby Championship against Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in 1951; Chile finished third, beating Brazil by a margin of 68 to nil, but losing to both Uruguay and Argentina. In 1952, Chile received Ireland on tour, but in Santiago 30 to 0. Chile would play another Five Nations side, this time France on tour, but lost 34-3. In 1958, Chile participated in the second South American Rugby Championship, finishing second; Chile easily beat both Peru and Uruguay before falling to Argentina, finishing second.

1960s - 1980s[edit]

By the 1960s Chile saw itself established as a middle contender in South America. Chile were consistently beating sides like Brazil and Uruguay, but couldn't breakthrough against the mighty Argentina. In 1966, Chile received the Springboks, their first test against a SANZAR side, but lost 72 to 0. During the 1970s Chile didn't play any non-South American competition; for the most part Chile were finishing second or third in South America, usually beating Brazil and newcomers Paraguay, and dog fighting for second against Uruguay. In the 1980s, former coach of France Jean-Pierre Juanchich took over administration of rugby in Chile, which led to better promotion, awareness, and improvement in Chilean rugby. In 1989, a proper governing body for rugby in South America, CONSUR, was formed.

1990s - 2000s[edit]

Chile formally joined the International Rugby Board in 1991, allowing Chile to participate formally in World Cup competitions. In 1993, Chile participated in its first ever World Cup Qualifying competition in 1993, entering qualifying for the 1995 Rugby World Cup; however, they lost all their fixtures to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, finishing bottom of the group. In 1995, Chile played Spain, winning 28 - 23.

The 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign was more successful. Chile easily swept through a group containing the teams of Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago. However, Chile lost 14 to 20 against Uruguay, therefore missing out on a repechage spot, and potentially a spot in the World Cup.

In 2000, Chile came within 2 points of defeating Argentina. This improved form would continue through the early 2000s, easily disposing of Brazil in their first qualifier for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In the final round, a round robin containing Canada, Uruguay, and the United States, the Chileans won their first home fixture versus Uruguay before losing their next two to the USA and Canada. Despite this, Chile recorded an upset, defeating the United States 21 to 13 in Santiago. Despite being improved, Chile dropped their next two games, finishing the campaign with 2 wins and 4 losses. Unfortunately for Chile, they finished bottom on try difference, yet again missing out on a repechage spot, and potential qualification.

The 2007 qualifiers were mostly the same song as the previous campaigns; Chile swept their first round against Paraguay and Brazil but in the final group lost both their games to Argentina and Uruguay, which once again would have secured a repechage at least, and potentially an automatic spot in the World Cup.

The 2011 campaign was short-lived, having automatically been seeded into Round 3A of the qualifiers in the new format. Chile cruised to victory versus Brazil but once again lost to familiar foes Uruguay, and once again missing out on a potential repechage or automatic qualifier.

2010-present[edit]

In 2010, Chile nearly started the new decade with a bang, coming very close to defeating Oceania powerhouse Tonga, but losing 32–30. The following year in 2011, Chile beat Uruguay for the first time in nine years, winning 21–18 and finishing second in the South American Championship.

The decade has been marked by inconsistency in results. In 2013, Chile began their qualifying campaign, opening up with a victory versus Brazil, but yet again lost to foes Uruguay, following the same pattern of results since the 1999 campaign. In 2014, Chile reached a bottom point; in the 2014 South American Championship, they finished bottom of the group, losing to Brazil for the first time in their history.[citation needed] Chile were also wooden spooners in the 2014 CONSUR Cup, the new competition featuring Argentina and the top 2 sides in South America. However, the following year, Chile won the South American Championship for the first time in their history, cruising through both Brazil and Paraguay before defeating Uruguay at home 30–15.

In 2016, Chile participated in the first Americas Rugby Championship in its current format. Chile squeaked a home win versus Brazil, before playing a close game against Argentina before tiring out in the last 20 minutes, ultimately losing 52–15. Chile were blown out by the United States in Fort Lauderdale 64–0 before nearly beating Uruguay, losing 20–23. Chile lost their last game at home versus Canada, 64–13, finishing bottom in the inaugural edition.

In the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, Chile was defeated in all five matches, scoring just four tries in the tournament. In the 2017 Cup of Nations, the team claimed a win over Kenya, while losing to Russia and Hong Kong.

Record[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 10 February 2020[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 094.19
2 Steady  New Zealand 092.11
3 Steady  England 087.80
4 Increase  Ireland 085.36
5 Decrease  Wales 084.28
6 Steady  France 082.37
7 Steady  Australia 081.90
8 Steady  Japan 079.28
9 Steady  Scotland 078.58
10 Steady  Argentina 078.31
11 Steady  Fiji 076.21
12 Increase  Georgia 072.70
13 Decrease  Italy 072.04
14 Steady  Tonga 071.44
15 Steady  Samoa 070.72
16 Steady  Spain 068.28
17 Steady  United States 068.10
18 Steady  Uruguay 067.41
19 Steady  Romania 065.11
20 Increase  Portugal 062.40
21 Steady  Hong Kong 061.23
22 Increase  Canada 061.12
23 Increase  Namibia 061.01
24 Increase  Netherlands 060.08
25 Decrease  Russia 059.90
26 Steady  Brazil 058.89
27 Steady  Belgium 057.57
28 Steady  Germany 054.64
29 Steady  Chile 053.83
30 Steady  South Korea 053.11
*Change from the previous week
Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 39 0 39 0 0.00% 270 1855 −1585
 Argentina XV 4 0 4 0 0.00% 53 151 −98
 Argentina Jaguars 1 0 1 0 0.00% 23 42 −19
 Bermuda 1 1 0 0 100.00% 65 8 +57
 Brazil 27 21 4 2 77.78% 870 324 +546
 Canada 5 0 5 0 0.00% 62 189 −127
 Fiji 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 41 −25
 France Amateur 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 22 −19
 France XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 34 −31
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 53 −17
 Germany 1 1 0 0 100.00% 32 10 +22
 Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0.00% 6 13 −7
 Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 3 +20
 Paraguay 27 26 1 0 96.30% 1098 276 +822
 Peru 2 2 0 0 100.00% 62 6 +56
 Portugal 3 0 3 0 0.00% 49 87 −38
 Romania 1 0 1 0 0.00% 11 27 -16
 Russia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 11 42 −31
 Spain 5 2 3 0 40.00% 86 151 −65
 South Korea 2 1 1 0 50.00% 66 50 +16
 Tonga 1 0 1 0 0.00% 30 32 −2
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 100.00% 35 6 +29
 United States 5 1 4 0 20.00% 65 214 −149
 Uruguay 53 12 40 1 23.08% 804 1264 −460
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 95 3 +92
Total 186 71 112 3 38.17% 3874 4903 −1029

World Cup record[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter
South Africa 1995 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 37 109
Wales 1999 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 168 40
Australia 2003 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 217 155
France 2007 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 121 138
New Zealand 2011 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 88 49
England 2015 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 92 78
Japan 2019 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 113 57
Total 0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 28 14 0 14 836 626

South American Rugby Championship record[edit]

  • 1951 - Runners-up
  • 1958 - Runners-up
  • 1961 - Runners-up
  • 1964 - Fourth place
  • 1967 - Runners-up
  • 1969 - Runners-up
  • 1971 - Runners-up
  • 1973 - Third place
  • 1975 - Runners-up
  • 1977 - Third place
  • 1979 - Runners-up
  • 1981 - Runners-up
  • 1983 - Third place
  • 1985 - Third place
  • 1987 - Third place
  • 1989 - Third place
  • 1991 - Third place
  • 1993 - Fourth place
  • 1995 - Third place
  • 1997 - Third place
  • 1998 - Third place
  • 2000 - Third place
  • 2001 - Third place
  • 2002 - Third place
  • 2003 - Third place
  • 2004 - Third place
  • 2005 - Third place
  • 2006 - Third place
  • 2007 - Third place
  • 2008 - Third place
  • 2009 - Third place
  • 2010 - Third place
  • 2011 - Runners-up
  • 2012 - Third place
  • 2013 - Third place
  • 2014 - Fourth place
  • 2015 - First place
  • 2016 - Runners-up
  • 2017 - Runners-up
  • 2018 - Third place

Sudamérica Rugby Cup/CONSUR Cup record[edit]

  • 2014 - Third place
  • 2015 - Did not participate
  • 2016 - Third place
  • 2017 - Third place

Americas Rugby Championship record[edit]

  • 2016 - Sixth place
  • 2017 - Sixth place
  • 2018 - Sixth place

Kit[edit]

The home kit consists of a red jersey and blue shorts adopted from the colors of the Chilean flag, and the away kit consists of a blue jersey and shorts. The crest features the logo of the Federación de Rugby de Chile. The current national team kit is manufacturer by Gilbert. The team is currently sponsored by Peugeot. The former national team kit was manufactured by Mitre Sports International.

Current squad[edit]

Chile's 40-man squad for the 2019 Americas Rugby Championship.[4]

Head Coach: Uruguay Pablo Lemoine

  • Caps Updated: 10 January 2019

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Tomás Dussaillant Hooker (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 33) 25 Chile Selknam
Claudio Zamorano Hooker (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 31) 22 Chile Stade Français
Claudio Iturra Hooker 5 United States Fairfield Yankees
Augusto Böhme Hooker (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 22) 6 Chile Selknam
Marco Díaz Prop (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 26) 4 Chile Uni Católica
Vittorio Lastra Prop (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 23) 18 Italy Rugby Viadana
Mauricio Gómez Prop 4 Chile Old Lions
Javier Carrasco Prop (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 22) 2 Chile Selknam
Marcelo Huerta Prop (1998-06-26) 26 June 1998 (age 21) 2 Chile Stade Français
Francisco Pizarro Prop (1988-11-03) 3 November 1988 (age 31) 22 Chile Viña
Nicolás Ovalle Prop 5 Chile Old Boys
Maximiliano Hurtado Prop (1987-11-16) 16 November 1987 (age 32) 3 Argentina Gimnasia y Esgrima
Santiago Garrido Prop 2 Argentina Jockey Villa María
Bastián Burguener Lock (1992-01-11) 11 January 1992 (age 28) 6 Chile Sporting RC
Nikola Bursic Lock (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 26) 23 United States New Orleans Gold
Javier Eissmann Lock (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 22) 5 Chile Selknam
Francisco Garrido Prop 2 Argentina Jockey Villa María
Augusto Sarmiento Lock (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 26) 1 Chile PWCC
Mario Mayol Lock (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 25) 20 Chile Selknam
Clemente Saavedra Lock (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 22) 5 Chile Selknam
Ignacio Silva Flanker (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 30) 27 Chile Selknam
Thomas Orchard Flanker (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 23) 7 Chile Old Lions
Eduardo Orpis Flanker (1995-06-08) 8 June 1995 (age 24) 9 Chile COBS
Javier Richard Flanker (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 28) 28 Chile COBS
Jaden Laing Number 8 (1996-10-08) 8 October 1996 (age 23) 4 United States Davenport University
Camilo Sánchez Number 8 2 Chile Old Lions
Martín Sigren Number 8 (1996-05-14) 14 May 1996 (age 23) 11 Chile Selknam
Juan Pablo Perrotta Scrum-half (1987-05-09) 9 May 1987 (age 32) 39 Chile Universidad Católica
Domingo Saavedra Scrum-half (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 22) 13 Chile Old Boys
Beltrán Vergara Scrum-half (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 29) 23 Chile Selknam
Juan Pablo Larenas Scrum-half (1992-06-01) 1 June 1992 (age 27) 12 Chile Universidad Católica
Francisco González Moller Fly-half (1988-04-09) 9 April 1988 (age 31) 25 Chile Sporting RC
Santiago Videla Fly-half (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 22) 9 Chile Selknam
Francisco Urroz Fly-half (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 26) 7 Chile Old Reds
Luca Strabucchi Fly-half 1 Chile Alumni
José Ignacio Larenas Centre (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 30) 38 Chile Universidad Católica
Vicente Ayarza Centre (1995-10-06) 6 October 1995 (age 24) 7 Chile Old Boys
Pablo Metuaze Wing (1987-04-21) 21 April 1987 (age 32) 5 Chile Viña
Gonzalo Lara Wing (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 21) 4 Chile COBS
Julio Blanc Wing (1995-07-06) 6 July 1995 (age 24) 3 Chile Selknam
Tomás Ianiszewski Fullback (1992-05-15) 15 May 1992 (age 27) 26 Chile Old Locks
Christian Huerta Fullback (1997-06-03) 3 June 1997 (age 22) 5 Chile Stade Français

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p65
  2. ^ Collins, Tony (1 September 2015). The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby (First ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408843703. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  4. ^ [1]