Torneo del Noroeste

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Torneo del Noroeste (NOA)
Organising body
Founded1944; 75 years ago (1944)
Region
Number of teams14 [1]
Qualifier for
Related competitionsTorneo de la URBA
Current championsLos Tarcos (2018)
Most successful club(s)Universitario (T)
(23 titles)
WebsiteRegional NOA

The Torneo Regional del NOA (NorOeste Argentino – Argentine North-West), also known as Torneo del Noroeste, is a regional rugby union competition in Argentina.

Originally, only clubs from the Tucumán RU took part. In successive editions the competition added clubs from the unions of Salta, Jujuy and Santiago del Estero. This yearly tournament has traditionally been dominated by Tucumán clubs. Clubs from the other 3 provinces have yet to win a title.

Universitario is the most successful team, with 23 titles won to date.

History[edit]

Rugby was first played in Tucumán in 1915 but the first official rugby team in the province –Club Natación y Gimnasia– would only be formed in 1936. Six years later Tucumán Rugby Club was founded, followed by Universitario Rugby Club in 1943 and Cardenales Rugby Club in 1944.

Those four clubs would go on to found the "Unión de Rugby del Norte" on 29 February 1944.

Although the URN was based in Tucumán Province it also dealt with fledgling clubs from the neighbouring provinces of Salta, Jujuy and Santiago del Estero. Later these provinces would go on to form their own unions in 1951, 1966 and 1968 respectively.

Although all four provinces take part in the regional Torneo del Noroeste, they still organise their own local competitions.

Format[edit]

As of 2018, 14 clubs from all 4 provinces take part in the tournament.[1] The competition is divided into two zones. The four best placed teams qualify to "Zona Campeonato" to crown the champion of the season. The tournament uses a promotion and relegation system.

Champion and runner-up of Torneo del Noroeste qualify for the Nacional de Clubes, the main club competition of Argentina while the other best placed teams qualify for Torneo del Interior, the national club competition outside Buenos Aires.

Championships[edit]

Titles[edit]

Year Champion(s)
1944 Tucumán RC
1945 Tucumán RC
1946 Universitario
1947 Natación y Gimnasia
1948 Tucumán RC
1949 Natación y Gimnasia
1950 not held
1951 Uni Tucumán & Tucumán Rugby *
1952 Tucumán RC
1953 Tucumán RC
1954 Cardenales
1955 Natación y Gimnasia
1956 Tucumán RC
1957 Natación y Gimnasia
1958 Universitario
1959 Universitario
1960 Universitario
1961 Natación y Gimnasia & Tucumán RC [note 1]
1962 Tucumán Rugby
1963 Universitario
1964 Cardenales
1965 Universitario
1966 Los Tarcos
1967 Universitario & Los Tarcos [note 1]
1968 Universitario
1969 Los Tarcos
1970 Universitario
1971 Universitario
1972 Universitario
1973 Universitario & Tucumán LT [note 1]
1974 Universitario
1975 Los Tarcos
1976 Universitario & Los Tarcos [note 1]
1977 Tucumán LT & Tucumán RC [note 1]
1978 Tucumán RC
1979 Tucumán LT
1980 Tucumán LT
1981 Tucumán LT
1982 Tucumán LT
1983 Los Tarcos
1984 Los Tarcos
1985 Los Tarcos
1986 Los Tarcos
1987 Los Tarcos
1988 Tucumán RC
1989 Tucumán RC
1990 Tucumán RC
1991 Tucumán RC
1992 Tucumán RC
1993 Tucumán RC
1994 Los Tarcos
1995 Natación y Gimnasia & Tucumán RC [note 1]
1996 Natación y Gimnasia
1997 Universitario
1998 Universitario
1999 Huirapuca
2000 Tucumán RC
2001 Huirapuca
2002 Uni Tucumán & Cardenales [note 1]
2003 Huirapuca
2004 Los Tarcos
2005 Universitario
2006 Tucumán RC
2007 Universitario
2008 Tucumán LT
2009 Tucumán LT & Universitario [note 1]
2010 Universitario
2011 Tucumán LT
2012 Tucumán LT
2013 Cardenales & Huirapuca
2014 Tucumán LT
2015 Tucumán RC
2016 Universitario & Los Tarcos [note 1]
2017 Natación y Gimnasia
2018 Los Tarcos
Notes
  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i Shared title.

Titles by team[edit]

Team Titles Years won
Universitario 23 1946, 1951, 1958, 1959, 1960, 1963, 1965, 1967, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2016
Tucumán RC 21 1944, 1945, 1948, 1951, 1952, 1953, 1956, 1961, 1962, 1977, 1978, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 2000, 2006, 2015
Los Tarcos 14 1966, 1967, 1969, 1975, 1976, 1983, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1994, 2004, 2016, 2018
Tucumán LT 11 1973, 1977, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
Natación y Gimnasia 8 1947, 1949, 1955, 1957, 1961, 1995, 1996, 2016
Cardenales 4 1954, 1964, 2002, 2013
Huirapuca 4 1999, 2001, 2003, 2013

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