Unión Cordobesa de Rugby

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Córdoba Rugby Union
Unión Cordobesa de Rugby
Union Cordobesa de Rugby logo.png
SportRugby union
Founded1931; 87 years ago (1931)
PresidentGustavo Paz [1]
Men's coachGuillermo Taleb
Websiteunioncordobesa.com.ar

The Córdoba Rugby Union (Spanish: Unión Cordobesa de Rugby) (also known for its initials UCR) is the organisational body that rules the game of rugby union in Córdoba province of Argentina. Estadio Mario Alberto Kempes, with a capacity of 57,000, is used for rugby matches.

History[edit]

The union was founded in order to encourage the practice of rugby union in Córdoba. Founding members were Universitario, Gimnasia y Esgrima, Córdoba Rugby, Curupaytí y San Vicente (Fomento Sport Club by then), officially establishing the body on April 17, 1931. Captain Montes was named as president.

Gimnasia y Esgrima de Buenos Aires and Curupaytí played the first inter-provincial match, on May 24, 1931. The first local championship would be held one month later, being Curupaytí the first champion after beating San Vicente in the final. Nevertheless, the first official tournament started in October 1931, with Universitario defeating Curupaytí at the final game.[2]

In recent years the union has become the fastest growing provincial union in the country, going from 19 clubs in the 1980s to around 40 clubs twenty years later.[3]

Provincial team[edit]

"Los Dogos" kit

The Unión Cordobesa de Rugby is represented in the Campeonato Argentino, a competition in which each of the 24 unions that make up the Unión Argentina de Rugby (UAR) participate.

Córdoba's provincial team -nicknamed "Los Dogos" (The Mastiffs)-, has won the Campeonato Argentino 7 times to date, the last in 2012.[4]

Titles[edit]

Clubs[edit]

Clubs affiliated to UCR as of June, 2012:

Competitions[edit]

Clubs from the province play in the Torneo de Córdoba. This provincial competition is divided into 2 main divisions: Zona Superior and Zona Ascenso.

The Superior division includes 12 clubs competing for the provincial title.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Hay nuevas autoridades", Diario del centro del Pais, 30 Dec 2013
  2. ^ Historia on UCR website
  3. ^ "CordobaXV History" (in Spanish). 21 May 2010. Archived from the original on 6 July 2011. Retrieved 22 May 2010.
  4. ^ "Se rinden a sus pies", Córdoba XV website, 29 April 2012

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