Chile national rugby union team

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Chile
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Los Condores
Emblem Andean condor
Union Chilean Rugby Federation
Head coach Elías Santillán
Captain Benjamín Soto
Most caps Cristian Onetto (65)
Top scorer Cristian González (192)
Home stadium Estadio Municipal de La Pintana
Parque Mahuida
Centro de Alto Rendimiento
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 28 (as of 15 May 2016)
Highest 23 (2003-05, 2007, 2009-12, 2015)
Lowest 30 (2015, 2016)
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
Appearances 0
Website www.feruchi.cl

The Chile national rugby union team, nicknamed Los Cóndores, represents Chile in the sport of international rugby union. The team, which plays in red jerseys and blue shorts, is organized by the Chilean Rugby Federation (Federación de Rugby de Chile). As of 2015, Chile has not qualified for a Rugby World Cup.

Chile was the first South American nation outside of 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.

Record[edit]

Overall Record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 5 December 2016[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 94.78
2 Steady  England 89.84
3 Steady  Australia 86.97
4 Steady  Ireland 84.62
5 Increase1  Wales 82.55
6 Decrease1  South Africa 81.79
7 Steady  Scotland 80.67
8 Steady  France 80.13
9 Steady  Argentina 79.91
10 Steady  Fiji 76.46
11 Steady  Japan 74.22
12 Steady  Georgia 74.14
13 Steady  Italy 72.47
14 Increase1  Tonga 71.94
15 Decrease1  Samoa 71.25
16 Steady  Romania 69.36
17 Steady  United States 64.66
18 Steady  Canada 63.95
19 Steady  Russia 63.25
20 Steady  Namibia 62.78
21 Steady  Uruguay 60.66
22 Steady  Spain 60.17
23 Steady  Kenya 59.28
24 Steady  Germany 58.99
25 Steady  Portugal 56.97
26 Steady  Belgium 56.87
27 Steady  Hong Kong 56.50
28 Steady  South Korea 55.50
29 Steady  Chile 55.08
30 Steady  Netherlands 54.93
*Change from the previous week
Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 37 0 37 0 0.00% 243 1716 −1473
 Argentina XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 15 52 −37
 Bermuda 1 1 0 0 100.00% 65 8 +57
 Brazil 23 20 1 2 86.95% 809 247 +562
 Canada 3 0 3 0 0.00% 30 120 −90
England England Counties XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 21 33 −12
 Fiji 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 41 −25
 France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 6 56 −50
 Georgia 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 53 −17
 Ireland XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 30 −30
 Paraguay 25 24 1 0 96.00% 974 253 +721
 Peru 2 2 0 0 100.00% 62 31 +30
 Portugal 3 0 3 0 0.00% 49 87 −38
 Spain 5 2 3 0 40.00% 86 151 −65
 South Africa XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 73 −73
South Africa Emerging Springboks 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 73 −73
 Tonga 1 0 1 0 0.00% 30 32 −2
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 100.00% 35 6 +29
 United States 3 1 2 0 33.33% 43 112 −69
 Uruguay 44 14 30 1 33.81% 676 960 −284
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 95 3 +92
Total 159 68 88 3 42.76% 3291 4137 −870

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 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 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/8 0 0 0 0 0 0 25 12 0 13 723 569

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 - TBD

Sudamérica Rugby Cup/CONSUR Cup record[edit]

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

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 Mitre Sports International. The team is currently sponsored by Peugeot.

Current squad[edit]

Chile's 26-man squad for the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship.[4]

Head Coach: Chile Elías Santillán

  • Caps Updated: 5 February 2016

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

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Dussaillant, TomásTomás Dussaillant Hooker (1986-04-26) 26 April 1986 (age 30) 0 Chile Old Boys
Moya, RodrigoRodrigo Moya Hooker (1982-09-30) 30 September 1982 (age 34) 0 Chile PWCC
Ayarza, José RamónJosé Ramón Ayarza Prop (1993-08-28) 28 August 1993 (age 23) 4 France La Voulte-Valence
de La Fuente, SergioSergio de La Fuente Prop (1986-07-31) 31 July 1986 (age 30) 48 New Zealand Waipu
Munita, José TomásJosé Tomás Munita Prop (1992-08-11) 11 August 1992 (age 24) 4 Chile Católica
Sepúlveda, LuisLuis Sepúlveda Prop (1982-07-13) 13 July 1982 (age 34) 6 Chile Los Troncos
Zamorano, ClaudioClaudio Zamorano Prop (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 27) 9 Chile Stade Français
Alvárez, IgnacioIgnacio Alvárez Lock (1988-07-23) 23 July 1988 (age 28) 5 Chile COBS
Cabrera, MatíasMatías Cabrera Lock (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 29) 6 Spain Complutense Cisneros
Piwonka, RaimundoRaimundo Piwonka Lock (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 30) 1 Chile PWCC
Niedmann, CristobálCristobál Niedmann Flanker (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 24) 15 Chile PWCC
Richard, JavierJavier Richard Flanker (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 25) 4 Chile COBS
Silva, IgnacioIgnacio Silva Flanker (1989-02-16) 16 February 1989 (age 27) 14 Chile Stade Français
Soto, BenjamínBenjamín Soto (c) Flanker (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 29) 15 Chile Stade Français
Bursic, NikolaNikola Bursic Number 8 (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 23) 11 United States San Diego Breakers
Perrotta, Juan PabloJuan Pablo Perrotta Scrum-half (1987-05-09) 9 May 1987 (age 29) 22 Chile Católica
Vergara, BeltránBeltrán Vergara Scrum-half (1990-12-25) 25 December 1990 (age 25) 0 Chile Old Boys
Onetto, CristianCristian Onetto Fly-half (1983-02-11) 11 February 1983 (age 33) 60 Chile COBS
de La Fuente, FranciscoFrancisco de La Fuente Centre (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 28) 12 France Stade Bagnérais
Larenas, José IgnacioJosé Ignacio Larenas Centre (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 27) 11 Chile Católica
Nordenflycht, MatíasMatías Nordenflycht Centre (1994-10-02) 2 October 1994 (age 22) 6 Chile COBS
Contreras, MatíasMatías Contreras Wing (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 21) 5 Chile Alumni
Montoya, LeonardoLeonardo Montoya Wing (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 30) 2 France Stade Rouennais
Zunino, ItaloItalo Zunino Wing (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 (age 24) 8 Chile COBS
Casas, PabloPablo Casas Fullback (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 24) 1 Chile PWCC
Chacaltana, HumbertoHumberto Chacaltana Fullback (1986-06-23) 23 June 1986 (age 30) 0 Chile Católica

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. ^ "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 5 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Chile Roster for Americas Rugby Championship Opener