Old Christians Club

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Old Christians Club
Full name Old Christians Club
Union Unión de Rugby del Uruguay
Founded 1962; 56 years ago (1962)
Location Montevideo, Uruguay
Ground(s) San Patricio
President Julio Cesar Lestido
League(s) Primera División
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.oldchristians.org

Old Christians Club, or simply Old Christians, is an Uruguayan sports club from the Carrasco neighbourhood of Montevideo.[1]

The club is mostly known for its rugby union team that became famous around the world due to the Uruguayan Air Force Flight 571 that involved the first division team of the club. Old Christians currently plays in Primera División, the top division of local rugby system.

Apart from rugby union, the club also hosts football and field hockey branches.

History[edit]

Old Christians Club was founded in 1965 by alumni of the Christian Brothers - Stella Maris College, one of Montevideo's best high schools.

The institution started as a rugby union club and, like most rugby clubs in Uruguay and Argentina, also developed a field hockey section for girls; thus becoming a multi-sports club.

Flight 571 disaster[edit]

On October 13, 1972, a plane carrying 40 members and players of Old Christians' rugby team en route to Chile, crashed in the Andes. More than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash and several more quickly succumbed to cold and injury. Of the twenty-nine who were alive a few days after the accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage.

The survivors had little food and no source of heat in the harsh climate, at over 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) altitude. Faced with starvation and radio news reports that the search for them had been abandoned, the survivors fed on the dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow. Rescuers did not learn of the survivors until 72 days after the crash when passengers Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, after a 10-day trek across the Andes, found a Chilean huaso, who gave them food and then alerted authorities about the existence of the other survivors.

The story of the disaster has since been depicted in many movies, television shows and books.

Achievements in rugby[edit]

Despite being one of Montevideo's youngest clubs, Old Christians have achieved remarkable success on the national scene, winning their first national title only six years after the club's creation.

Since then the club has become a powerhouse of Uruguayan rugby, winning the Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby 18 times, the most recent one in 2016.

Many Old Christians have also gone on to represent Uruguay at international level.

The club's main rivals are Carrasco Polo Club and Old Boys Club.

Honours[edit]

  • Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby
    • Winners (18): 1968, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2007, 2015, 2016

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Club History" (in Spanish). 21 May 2010. Retrieved 22 May 2010.

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