Uruguay national rugby union team

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Uruguay
Los teros logo.png
Union Unión de Rugby del Uruguay
Nickname(s) Teros
Emblem(s) Southern lapwing
Coach(es) Pablo Lemoine
Captain(s) Nicolás Klappenbach
Most caps Diego Aguirre (74)
Top scorer Federico Sciarra (259)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Chile 21 - 3 Uruguay 
(1948-06-02)
Largest win
 Paraguay 6 - 102 Uruguay 
(2011-05-14)
Largest defeat
 South Africa 134 - 3 Uruguay 
(2005-06-11)
World Cup
Appearances 2 (First in 1999)
Best result 3rd in pool 1999
2015 Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia
2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match between Uruguay and Argentina XV

The Uruguay national rugby union team is the representative side of Uruguay, governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. They have been playing international rugby since 1948. Their jersey is blue and black and they are known as Los Teros (Southern lapwing). They have qualified three times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003 and most recently for the 2015 tournament. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time that a team other than Argentina won it. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As yet, Uruguay have never beaten Argentina in an official match between the two nations, despite some close results. As of 8 August 2015 they are ranked 19th in the world.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people.

History[edit]

1940s - 1960s[edit]

Uruguay made their official international debut in 1948, in a game against Chile, which Uruguay lost 21-3. Following their debut match, they return to competition in the Pan American Games, first against the more experienced Argentina, resulting in a 0-62 loss. Uruguay then faced Chile for the second time, defeating them by 8-3. The final match of the competition was a 17-10 win over Brazil. Uruguay thus became runners up in the first unofficial South American Rugby Championship.

Uruguay, after a four years hiatus, played Chile in 1956, who defeated them by 6-3. In 1958, they played for the first official South American Rugby Championship, in a pool of three countries. They first played Chile, this time losing by 9-34. The "Teros" met again Argentina, having another loss, this time by 3-50. Uruguay managed to defeat Peru (10-6) in the last game.

In 1960, Uruguay faced for the first time one of the powers of the Northern Hemisphere rugby, France XV, losing by 0-59 in Montevideo during a South American tour. Uruguay after this match entered their second South American Rugby Championship. They first won Brazil in a close game (11-8), losing then to Chile (5-28) and Argentina (3-36), in the closest result to then between both countries.

1970s - 1980s[edit]

The 1970s started off with a win over Paraguay in 1971, which was followed by a win and loss against Chile and a win against Brazil. They also played Argentina twice in the 1970s. However, they won all their matches except for those against Argentina, as well as losing one game against Chile and drawing another. However, the next game against Argentina, two years later in 1979, Uruguay came close to defeating the Pumas, going down by just three points, the final score being 19 to 16.

The 1980s started off with a 54 to 14 win over Paraguay, which resulted in a winning streak that was stopped by Argentina in 1983. In 1985, France visited Montevideo for a second time to play the Teros, beating the locals 34-6. Another short undefeated streak occurred over 1987/1989, which was broken by a 19 to 17 loss against Chile. This was followed by a sound loss to Argentina and loss to a new opponent, the United States Eagles.

1990s[edit]

The Tero, emblem of the Uruguayan National Rugby Team

The 1990s started off with wins against of Chile, Brazil and Paraguay. This was followed by more wins over their traditional opponents, though Uruguay still lost to Argentina, they also played Canada in a competitive 28–9 loss in 1995. Uruguay played some of the bigger nations such as Argentina, Canada and the United States, although the Canada and U.S. games were a lot closer than some of their previous encounters.

A huge success for them was qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. They won their pool fixture against Spain, Uruguay finished third in their pool.

2000–present[edit]

Uruguay came within 10 points of Argentina in 2001, and also played nations such as Italy in the same year. Uruguay won most of their matches against their traditional Americas opponents in the early 2000s. Later in 2002, Uruguay defeated Canada, winning 25–23. They followed this up with a 10–9 win over the United States. They again qualified for the 2003 World Cup. They won their pool fixture against Georgia 24–12.

Uruguay's qualification for the 2007 World Cup started in Americas Round 3a, where they were grouped with Argentina and Chile. After losing their first match 26–0 to Argentina, they defeated Chile 43–15 in Montevideo, which saw them enter Round 4. In round 4 they faced the United States, and Uruguay lost on aggregate, and moved onto the repechage round as Americas 4. Uruguay played Portugal in the repechage over two legs — losing the first in Lisbon and winning the second in Montevideo — but lost on aggregate points and failed to qualify.

Uruguay lost the 2011 Rugby World Cup qualification. Uruguay had won the 2009 South American Rugby Championship "A" by defeating Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Charrúa. Uruguay then lost to the United States 22–27 and 6–27. In the repechage, Uruguay defeated Kazakhstan 44–7, but in the battle for the 20th and final spot at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Uruguay tied Romania at home 21–21 and lost 12–32 in Bucharest.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Uruguay won the 2013 South American Rugby Championship "A", getting wins at the Estadio Charrúa against Brazil (58–7) and Chile (23–9). In March 2014, Uruguay faced the United States in a NACRA-CONSUR playoff for the last Americas qualification spot. Uruguay tied the home leg 27–27, but lost the away leg 32–13. Uruguay then moved to the repechage, where it defeated Hong Kong 28–3 at the Estadio Charrúa, to face Russia for the 20th and final spot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup by defeating Russia by an aggregate score of 57–49 in the two-game series, winning the second game at home 36–27 in front of 14,000 fans at the Charrua Stadium.[1]

Record[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Top 25 Rankings as 31 August 2015[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 92.89
2 Increase1  Australia 86.67
3 Decrease1  Ireland 85.19
4 Steady  South Africa 85.15
5 Increase1  Wales 84.63
6 Decrease1  England 82.24
7 Steady  France 80.90
8 Steady  Argentina 78.39
9 Steady  Fiji 77.04
10 Steady  Scotland 76.10
11 Steady  Tonga 75.25
12 Steady  Samoa 75.14
13 Steady  Georgia 72.16
14 Steady  Japan 71.15
15 Steady  Italy 70.53
16 Steady  United States 70.36
17 Steady  Romania 66.73
18 Steady  Canada 63.28
19 Steady  Uruguay 62.11
20 Steady  Namibia 61.85
21 Steady  Spain 61.54
22 Steady  Russia 61.10
23 Steady  Chile 57.34
24 Steady  Hong Kong 57.31
25 Steady  South Korea 56.70
*Change from the previous week
Uruguay's Historical Rankings
Uruguay IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 27 April 2015[2]

Up until the 4 December 2012, Uruguay has won 81 of their 175 matches played, a win percentage of 46.29%.[3]

Uruguay has lost all official matches versus Argentina, but has a positive record versus their other South American rivals: Chile (25 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw), Paraguay (20 wins, 1 draw) and Brazil (16 wins, 3 losses).

Regarding tier 2 teams, Uruguay has positive records with Portugal and Georgia, neutral records with Spain, and negative records with United States, Canada, Georgia, Romania and Russia.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Uruguay national XV at test level up until 29 August 2015.[4]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 40 0 46 0 0.00% 405 1702 −1297
 Argentina XV 7 1 6 0 14.29% 81 341 −260
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
 Brazil 22 19 3 0 86.36% 765 184 +581
 Canada 8 1 7 0 12.50% 108 247 −139
 Chile 46 34 11 1 73.91% 1060 709 +351
Ireland Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
 Emerging Italy 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 23 −10
 England 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 111 −98
 Fiji 2 0 2 0 0.00% 27 63 −36
Fiji Fiji Warriors 2 0 2 0 0.00% 44 72 −28
 France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 6 93 −87
 Georgia 5 2 3 0 40.00% 72 85 −13
 Hong Kong 1 1 0 0 100.00% 28 3 +25
 Italy 3 0 3 0 0.00% 25 92 −67
 Japan 3 1 2 0 33.33% 32 88 −56
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 100.00% 44 7 +37
 Morocco 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 24 +12
 Namibia 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 12 +11
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 64 −61
 Paraguay 24 23 0 1 95.83% 1216 204 +1012
 Peru 1 1 0 0 100.00% 10 6 +4
 Portugal 10 7 3 0 70.00% 234 142 +92
 Romania 6 0 5 1 0.00% 75 150 −75
 Russia 7 3 4 0 42.86% 151 160 −9
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 60 −47
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 43 −31
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 0.00% 12 245 −233
South Africa South Africa President's XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 37 −28
 Spain 8 4 4 0 50.00% 155 109 +46
 United States 14 1 12 1 7.14% 211 438 −227
 United States 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 13 −10
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
Total 231 103 124 4 44.59% 5067 5737 −670

World Cup Record[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Finished Played Won Drew Lost Pts F Pts A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1995 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 91 28
Wales 1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 42 97 9 6 0 3 209 188
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 56 255 6 3 0 3 115 144
France 2007 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 86 140
New Zealand 2011 6 3 1 2 194 107
England 2015 - - - - - - - 8 6 1 1 239 146
Total 2/5 7 2 0 5 98 352 38 22 2 14 934 753

Current squad[edit]

Uruguay's 31-man squad for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.[5]

Head Coach: Uruguay Pablo Lemoine

  • Caps updated: 30 August 2015

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 21) 11 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Nicolás Klappenbach Hooker (1982-03-25) 25 March 1982 (age 33) 44 Uruguay Champagnat
Carlos Arboleya Prop (1985-07-23) 23 July 1985 (age 30) 44 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Alejo Corral Prop (1981-09-11) 11 September 1981 (age 33) 44 Argentina San Isidro
Oscar Durán Prop (1982-01-01) 1 January 1982 (age 33) 32 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Mario Sagario Prop (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 29) 45 France Massy
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 23) 13 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Franco Lamanna Lock (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 23) 22 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Mathias Palomeque Lock (1986-07-10) 10 July 1986 (age 29) 23 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Santiago Vilaseca (c) Lock (1984-09-17) 17 September 1984 (age 30) 32 Uruguay Old Boys
Jorge Zerbino Lock (1991-12-27) 27 December 1991 (age 23) 11 Uruguay Old Christians
Agustín Alonso Flanker (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 23) 11 Uruguay Montevideo
Fernando Bascou Flanker (1987-04-05) 5 April 1987 (age 28) 23 Uruguay Pucaru Stade Gaulois
Matías Beer Flanker (1993-12-16) 16 December 1993 (age 21) 9 Uruguay Old Christians
Juan de Freitas Flanker (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 25) 34 Uruguay Champagnat
Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 26) 23 Uruguay Old Boys
Diego Magno Flanker (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 26) 48 Uruguay Montevideo
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 27) 27 Uruguay Champagnat
Alejo Durán Scrum-half (1991-05-20) 20 May 1991 (age 24) 29 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 24) 23 France Stade Montois
Felipe Berchesi Fly-half (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 24) 15 France Carcassonne
Manuel Blengio Fly-half (1994-04-28) 28 April 1994 (age 21) 10 Uruguay Old Christians
Joaquín Prada Centre (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 24) 28 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Alberto Román Centre (1987-06-01) 1 June 1987 (age 28) 36 Uruguay Pucaru Stade Gaulois
Andrés Vilaseca Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 24) 12 Uruguay Old Boys
Francisco Bulanti Wing (1980-04-12) 12 April 1980 (age 35) 23 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Jerónimo Etcheverry Wing (1988-01-11) 11 January 1988 (age 27) 41 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Santiago Gibernau Wing (1988-05-15) 15 May 1988 (age 27) 31 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Leandro Leivas Wing (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 27) 40 Uruguay Old Christians
Gastón Mieres Fullback (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 25) 36 Italy Valpolicella
Rodrigo Silva Fly-half (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 22) 13 Uruguay Carrasco Polo

Notable All Times Players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015", IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ a b "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 23 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union — Uruguay". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  4. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  5. ^ "Uruguay's squad step into the unknown". Retrieved 30 August 20115.  Check date values in: |accessdate= (help)

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