Mexico national rugby union team

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Mexico
Mexico snakes.png
Union Federación Mexicana de Rugby
Nickname(s) Serpientes (Snakes)
Emblem(s) Kukulkan
Coach(es) Simon Pierre
Captain(s) Juan Pablo Andrade
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Mexico 18 - 22 Cayman Islands 
(1985)
 Mexico 46 - 12 Colombia 
(7 June 1996)
Largest win
 Mexico 96 - 0 Turks and Caicos Islands 
(28 June 2014)
Largest defeat
 Brazil 76 - 5 Mexico 
(20 April 2013)
World Cup
Appearances 0

The Mexico national rugby union team represents Mexico in international rugby union competitions. Mexico entered the World Rugby Rankings in March 2012, ranked initially in joint 71st place with other new entrants Pakistan and the Philippines.

Mexico is one of the newest members of World Rugby, having only been participating consistently in international rugby since the late 2000s; before, the team only played 6 games, including 2 that are not capped by the FMR. Mexico also fields a rugby sevens team, as well as female teams in both the main union game and the 7s.

History[edit]

Mexico played only four matches before 2008. Mexico's first match was in 1985, an 18–22 loss against the Cayman Islands. This match was followed by 2 games against Colombia in 1996 (a 46-12 victory and a 10-10 draw), and two losses in 2001 and 2002 against Cayman Islands.[1]

2011 RWC qualifying[edit]

Mexico's first official test match, and first participation in Rugby World Cup qualifying, was in March 2008. In that match, Mexico secured a 47-7 victory over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2011 Rugby World Cup qualifying. Mexico's record in qualifying was 2-2, finishing 6th place in Round 1A of the Americas qualification zone.

2015 RWC qualifying[edit]

A record crowd for a rugby match in Mexico saw the home team dispatch Jamaica 68–14 in Mexico City in front of more than 2,000 vociferous fans at the Universidad Iberoamericana. This match opened their NACRA Caribbean Championship account,[2] and also doubled as the opening Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification match. However, Mexico lost its next qualifying match 13–46 against the Cayman Islands, ending its 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign.

2019 RWC qualifying[edit]

Mexico begins qualifying for the 2019 Rugby World Cup in 2016.

Rankings[edit]

Event Rank Date Ref
Highest ranking 55 July 2016
Current ranking 55 July 2016
Lowest ranking 75 2013 [3]
Initial ranking 71 March 2012 [4]

Record by opponent[edit]

Updated to 13 April 2015.

Team Mat Won Lost Draw  % For Aga Diff
Arizona Arizona State Sun Devils 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 23 +7
 Bahamas 4 2 2 0 50.00% 101 61 +40
 Barbados 1 0 1 0 0.00% 20 21 –1
 Bermuda 2 1 1 0 50.00% 63 35 +28
 Brazil 2 0 2 0 0.00% 19 126 –107
 Cayman Islands 7 3 4 0 43.00% 114 122 –8
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 6 +17
 Colombia 3 1 1 1 33.33% 80 84 -4
 Jamaica 2 2 0 0 100.00% 102 22 +80
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 1 0 0 100.00% 47 7 +40
 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 1 0 0 100.00% 96 0 +96
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1 0.00% 16 30 -14
United States USA South 3 2 1 0 75.00% 98 84 +14
Total 29 15 13 1 51.72% 643 566 +77

2015 squad[edit]

Mexico squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualification match against Cayman Islands.[5]

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