South American Rugby Championship

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South American Rugby Cup
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1951
No. of teams 13
Continent South America & Central America
Most recent
champion(s)
 Argentina (37 titles)
2016 Second level of South American Rugby Championship match between Uruguay and Chile

South American Rugby Championship refers to nine rugby championships organized by Sudamérica Rugby:

  • South America Rugby Cup: top level championship for rugby union male adults, disputed annually by the last champion and the two best teams of the second level tournament, called "Mayores A" (over 20 years old). Argentina won all the top titles (37), but one.
  • Mayores A (over 20 years): second level for rugby union male adults, disputed by four countries. Uruguay won 3 titles.
  • Mayores B (over 20 years): third level for rugby union male adults, disputed by four countries. Brasil won 6 titles.
  • Mayores C (over 20 years): fourth level (the lowest) for rugby union male adults, disputed by four countries.
  • South América Rugby sevens female championship. Brasil won all the championships (11) but one.
  • South América Rugby sevens male championship. Argentina won all the championships (9) but one.
  • South America Youth Rugby Championship A, top level championship for rugby union male under 19 years, disputed by five countries in two stages. At the first stage, countries ranked between second and fifth place, compete one in a round-robin tournament. The winner won the right to dispute with the former championship the South America Youth Rugby Cup, top title four young players. Argentina won all the top titles (31) but one.
  • South America Youth Rugby Championship B, second level championship for rugby union male under 19 years, disputed by four countries. Colombia won five titles.

Format[edit]

The South American Rugby Championship is a round-robin tournament, with each team playing each other once at a designated host stadium. From 1951 to 1998, only Argentina, Chile and Uruguay were the core teams in the tournament. They competed alongside occasional additions of Brazil, Paraguay and Peru, with the winner being decided on which team finishes with the most table points. In 2000, a second division was added, which meant the bottom placed team of the A division had a play-off match with the top placed team of the B division, although this did not apply to every tournament due to the Rugby World Cup qualification formats. In 2012, a third Division was added, which meant up until 2014, the bottom placed team of the B division would play a play-off match against the top placed C Division team. Although like A and B, this did not apply to every tournament due to the Rugby World Cup qualification format. In 2014, the tournament became a four-tiered competition, with Argentina no longer competing as a regular. However, the tournament would keep the same format for promotion and relegation. The top placed team from Division C will play a play-off match against the bottom placed team from Division B to determine which Division those teams are in for the succeeding tournament. The winner of the play-off match will earn a place in Division B for the succeeding tournament, the loser plays in Division C the following year. This works in the same way for Division A and B. The top placed team of Division B will play a play-off match against the bottom placed team from Division A to determine which divisions those teams will play in for the succeeding tournament. The winner of the play-off match will earn a place in Division A for the succeeding tournament, while the loser plays in Division B the following year. However, the top two teams of Division A will compete for the CONSUR Cup, alongside Argentina, the following year regardless of their positions of that year.

Current divisions (2015)[edit]

Sudamérica Rugby Cup
 Argentina
 Chile
 Uruguay
Division A
 Brazil
 Chile
 Paraguay
 Uruguay
Division B
 Colombia
 Peru
 Venezuela
 Ecuador
Division C
 Costa Rica
 El Salvador
 Guatemala
 Panama

Results of rugby union male championships[edit]

Past Tournaments 1951–1998[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
1951 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil
1958 Chile Chile  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Peru
1961 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil
1964 Brazil Brazil  Argentina  Brazil  Uruguay  Chile
1967 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay
1969 Chile Chile  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay
1971 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
1973 Brazil Brazil  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1975 Paraguay Paraguay  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
1977 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1979 Chile Chile  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1981 Uruguay Uruguay  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1983 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1985 Paraguay Paraguay  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1987 Chile Chile  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1989 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
1991 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay  Brazil
1993 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Paraguay  Chile  Brazil
1995 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1997 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
1998 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay

Past Tournaments 2000–2013[edit]

Division A[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
2000 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2001 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2002 Argentina Argentina
Chile Chile
 Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2003 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Paraguay
2004 Chile Chile  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Venezuela
2005 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2006 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2007 [1] Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2008 Various  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2009 Chile Chile
Uruguay Uruguay
 Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
2010 Chile Chile  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay
2011 Argentina Argentina  Argentina  Chile  Uruguay  Brazil  Paraguay
2012 Chile Chile  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil
2013 Uruguay Uruguay  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil

Division B[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place Fifth Place
2000 Brazil Brazil  Brazil  Venezuela  Peru
2001 Various  Brazil  Venezuela  Peru  Colombia
2002 Peru Peru  Brazil  Peru  Venezuela  Colombia
2003 Colombia Colombia  Venezuela  Brazil  Colombia  Peru
2004 Brazil Brazil  Paraguay  Brazil  Peru  Colombia
2005 Paraguay Paraguay  Paraguay  Brazil  Peru  Colombia  Venezuela
2006 Venezuela Venezuela  Brazil  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Costa Rica
2007 Peru Peru  Brazil  Peru  Colombia  Venezuela
2008 Peru Peru  Brazil  Paraguay  Venezuela  Colombia  Peru
2009 Paraguay Paraguay  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Costa Rica
2010 Costa Rica Costa Rica  Peru  Venezuela  Colombia  Costa Rica
2011 Colombia Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Colombia  Costa Rica
2012 Peru Peru  Paraguay  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru

Division C[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2012 Guatemala Guatemala  Costa Rica  Guatemala  Ecuador  El Salvador

Past tournaments 2014–Present[edit]

Structure of the South America rugby union competition, in four levels with 13 countries.

South América Rugby Championship A[edit]

Final: Consur/Sudamérica Rugby Cup[edit]
Year Winner Runner-up Third Place
2014  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
2015  Argentina  Uruguay  Paraguay
2016  Argentina  Uruguay  Chile
1st stage: Mayor A[edit]
Year Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2014  Uruguay  Paraguay  Brazil  Chile
2015  Chile  Uruguay  Paraguay  Brazil
2016  Uruguay  Chile  Brazil  Paraguay

Notes:

  • After restructuring following the 2013 tournament, the champion of each year, will only take part in the final stage of the South America Championship A, called Sudámerica Rugby Cup.

División B[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2013 Paraguay Paraguay  Paraguay  Colombia  Peru  Venezuela
2014 Colombia Colombia  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Ecuador
2015 Peru Peru  Colombia  Peru  Venezuela  Ecuador
2016 Peru Peru  Colombia  Venezuela  Peru  Ecuador

División C[edit]

Year Host Winner Runner-up Third Place Fourth Place
2013 Costa Rica Costa Rica  Ecuador  Costa Rica  Guatemala  El Salvador
2014 Panama Panama  El Salvador  Guatemala  Costa Rica  Panama
2015 El Salvador El Salvador  Guatemala  Costa Rica  El Salvador  Panama
2016 Guatemala Guatemala  Guatemala  Costa Rica  Panama  El Salvador

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Not completed

External links[edit]