Uruguay national rugby union team

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Uruguay
Nickname(s)Los Teros
EmblemSouthern lapwing
UnionUruguayan Rugby Union
Head coachEsteban Meneses
CaptainJuan Manuel Gaminara
Most capsDiego Magno (91)
Top scorerFelipe Berchesi (304)
Top try scorerDiego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadiumEstadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current18 (as of 13 Oct 2019)
Highest14 (2005)
Lowest23 (2012)
First international
Uruguay 3–21 Chile
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 August 1948)
Biggest win
Uruguay 102–6 Paraguay
(Puerto Iguazú, Argentina; 15 May 2011)
Biggest defeat
South Africa 134–3 Uruguay
(East London, South Africa; 11 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1999)
Best resultPool stage, 1999, 2003, 2015 and 2019
Websitewww.uru.org.uy

The Uruguay national rugby union team, nicknamed Los Teros, is governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. One of the older test sides in the world, Uruguay has qualified four times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003, 2015 and most recently 2019. As of 10 June 2019 they are ranked 17th in the world, and are ranked 3rd in the Americas region, behind rivals Argentina and the United States.

Uruguay has consistently been one of the better fringe international sides in rugby union, having consistently beaten Tier 2/3 competition from across the globe. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time (pre-2014) that a team other than Argentina won the tournament. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As of 2012, Uruguay has been classified as a Tier 2 nation, which allows them to receive more funding from World Rugby.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people. Estadio Domingo Burgueño has also been used for some fixtures in the Americas Rugby Championship.

The nickname Los Teros refers to the national bird of Uruguay, the southern lapwing.

History[edit]

1900s – 1960s[edit]

Uruguay v. Chile in the 1951 South American championship held in Buenos Aires

Rugby union has been played on Uruguayan soil as possibly as early as the 19th century, with reports of rugby football being played as early as 1865[1], though the origins of rugby in Uruguay remain controversial. Regardless of whom played the first rugby match in Uruguay, it is clear that rugby was introduced in Uruguay by British immigrants in the 19th century, with the game being more popularized by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who were of Irish origin. Because of this, Uruguay has one of the oldest rugby cultures outside the British Isles, and one of the most established in the South America.

Uruguay made their official international debut in 1948, in a game against Chile, which Uruguay lost 21–3. Following their debut match, they returned 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 against Brazil in a close game (11–8), then losing 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 southern lapwing, 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]

2015 Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia

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.[2]

Uruguay claimed three wins and two losses at the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship, but ranked fourth out of six because they only scored two bonus points. In 2017 the team also claimed three wins and two losses, finishing third. On 3 February 2018, Los Teros qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup as Americas 2 after beating Canada in the home-away leg, and started it with a surprising 30-27 win over Fiji on 25 September, it was Uruguay’s first World Cup win in 16 years.[3][4]

Record[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 14 October 2019[5]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 090.98
2 Steady  Wales 088.87
3 Steady  England 088.13
4 Steady  Ireland 085.93
5 Steady  South Africa 085.75
6 Steady  Australia 083.52
7 Increase1  Japan 082.08
8 Decrease1  France 081.38
9 Steady  Scotland 079.23
10 Steady  Argentina 078.31
11 Steady  Fiji 076.21
12 Steady  Italy 072.04
13 Increase3  Tonga 071.44
14 Steady  Georgia 071.26
15 Steady  Samoa 070.72
16 Increase1  Spain 068.15
17 Decrease4  United States 068.10
18 Steady  Uruguay 067.41
19 Steady  Romania 066.69
20 Steady  Russia 063.09
21 Steady  Portugal 061.33
22 Steady  Canada 061.12
23 Steady  Namibia 061.01
24 Steady  Hong Kong 059.64
25 Steady  Netherlands 058.46
26 Steady  Brazil 057.84
27 Steady  Belgium 057.35
28 Steady  Germany 054.96
29 Steady  Chile 054.56
30 Steady   Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
Uruguay IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 14 October 2019[5]

Up until the 4 December 2012, Uruguay has won 81 of their 175 matches played, a win percentage of 46.29%.[6]

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, 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 20 August 2019.[7]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 42 0 42 0 0.00% 434 1744 −1310
Argentina Argentina XV 12 3 9 0 40.00% 174 505 −331
Argentina Argentina Jaguars 2 0 2 0 0.00% 40 1010 −61
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 65 −62
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
 Brazil 27 25 2 0 92.59% 962 201 +671
 Canada 13 5 8 0 33.33% 232 370 −141
 Chile 52 40 11 1 77.88% 1281 789 +493
Ireland Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
 Emerging Italy 4 2 2 0 50.00% 90 89 +1
 England 2 0 2 0 0.00% 16 171 −155
 Fiji 4 1 3 0 25.00% 76 181 −105
 Fiji XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 24 −21
Fiji Fiji Warriors 3 1 2 0 33.33% 73 82 −9
 France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 6 95 −89
 Georgia 6 2 4 0 33.3% 79 118 −39
 Germany 1 0 1 0 0.00% 21 24 −3
 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 4 3 1 0 75.00% 142 112 +30
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 64 −61
 Paraguay 26 25 0 1 96.15% 1322 238 +1084
 Peru 1 1 0 0 100.00% 10 6 +4
 Portugal 10 7 3 0 70.00% 234 142 +92
 Romania 9 1 7 1 11.11% 85 226 −141
 Russia 9 5 4 0 55.55% 231 215 +16
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 60 −47
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 43 −31
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 27 −24
 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 12 6 6 0 50.00% 232 197 +35
 United States 19 3 15 1 18.42% 317 591 −274
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 54 −45
Total 284 135 145 4 47.54% 6453 7226 −773

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 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 30 226 8 6 1 1 239 146
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 60 140 8 8 0 0 318 160
Total 4/7 15 3 0 12 188 718 46 30 2 14 1252 913

Current squad[edit]

On 30 August, Uruguay named their 31-man squad for the tournament on 30 August 2019.[8]

Head Coach: Argentina Esteban Meneses

  • Caps updated: 13 October 2019
Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Gattas Hooker (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 24) 33 Argentina Hindú
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 25) 52 United States Utah Warriors
Guillermo Pujadas Hooker (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 12 Uruguay Champagnat
Diego Arbelo Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 27) 9 Uruguay MVCC
Juan Echeverría Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 28) 54 United States Austin Elite
Joaquín Jaunsolo Prop (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 21) 2 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Juan Rombys Prop (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 32) 34 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 27) 66 United States Houston SaberCats
Ignacio Dotti Lock (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 25) 50 United States New Orleans Gold
Manuel Leindekar Lock (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 22) 18 France Oyonnax
Diego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 30) 92 United States Houston SaberCats
Manuel Diana Back row (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 23) 25 Canada Toronto Arrows
Santiago Civetta Back row (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 21) 8 Uruguay Old Boys
Franco Lamanna Back row (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 28) 46 England Darlington Mowden Park
Manuel Ardao Back row (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 21) 6 Uruguay Old Christians
Juan Manuel Gaminara (c) Back row (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 30) 71 Uruguay Old Boys
Alejandro Nieto Back row (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 31) 71 United States Houston SaberCats
Juan Diego Ormaechea Back row (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 30) 34 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Leandro Segredo Back row (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 9 Uruguay Old Christians
Santiago Arata Scrum-half (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 23) 43 United States Houston SaberCats
Tomás Inciarte Scrum-half (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 22) 17 Uruguay Old Christians
Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 49 France Stade Montois
Felipe Berchesi Fly-half (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 28) 36 France Dax
Juan Manuel Cat Fly-half (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 23) 34 Uruguay Old Boys
Agustín Della Corte Centre (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 22) 9 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Nicolás Freitas Centre (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 26) 38 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Andrés Vilaseca Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 59 United States Austin Elite
Federico Favaro Wing (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991 (age 28) 31 Uruguay Old Christians
Leandro Leivas Wing (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 31) 76 Canada Toronto Arrows
Rodrigo Silva Wing (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 26) 61 United States Austin Elite
Felipe Echeverry Fullback (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 23) 4 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Gastón Mieres Fullback (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 30) 70 Canada Toronto Arrows

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most matches[edit]

# Player Pos Tenure Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Won Lost Draw %
1 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 92 61 31 55 11 45 45 2 50.00
2 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008- 76 63 13 120 24 32 42 2 43.42
Mario Sagario Prop 2006-2019 76 53 23 5 1 32 42 2 43.42
4 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2010- 71 66 5 35 7 34 35 2 49.29
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 2012- 71 62 9 35 7 40 30 1 57.04
6 Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 70 60 10 65 13 38 30 2 55.71
7 Carlos Arboleya Hooker 2004-2018 67 39 28 25 5 29 37 1 44.02
Rodrigo Sanchez Prop 1996-2009 67 58 9 25 5 26 41 0 38.80
9 Mateo Sanguinetti Prop 2014- 66 53 13 15 3 35 31 0 53.03
10 Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012- 61 55 6 84 13 34 27 0 55.73

Last updated: Wales vs Uruguay, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 51 3 151 33
2 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008- 76 63 13 120 24
3 Santiago Arata Scrum-half 2016- 43 27 16 70 14
German Kessler Hooker 2015- 53 38 15 70 14
Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 38 2 272 14
6 Alfonso Cardoso Centre 1995-2003 38 35 3 67 13
Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 70 60 10 65 13
Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012- 61 55 6 84 13
Andres Vilaseca Wing 2013- 59 56 3 85 13
10 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 92 61 31 55 11

Last updated: Wales vs Uruguay, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Felipe Berchesi Fly-half 2011- 36 317 2 44 72 1
2 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 272 14 36 44 1
3 Juan Menchaca Fullback 1998-2007 39 254 6 28 51 5
4 Jerónimo Etcheverry Fly-half 2008-2016 45 213 8 37 30 3
5 Mathias Arocena Fly-half 2005-2014 36 204 8 25 37 1
6 Marcelo Nicola Fly-half 1989-1995 22 178 10 36 20 0
7 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1973-1985 26 153 7 19 29 0
8 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 151 33 0 0 0
9 Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half 2011- 49 150 7 20 25 0
10 Federico Favaro Wing 2013- 31 145 10 31 11 0

Last updated: Wales vs Uruguay, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2016- 40 27 13 0 67.50 20 4
2 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1985-1999 36 20 16 0 55.55 109 23
3 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1975–1985 20 12 6 2 65.00 120 7
4 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 2002-2003 16 6 10 0 37.50 21 1
5 Nicolás Klappenbach Hooker 2005-2015 15 8 7 0 53.33 0 0

Last updated: Wales vs Uruguay, 13 October 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Notable Players[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Richards, p54, Chapter 2 Practising the Games of the Anglo-Saxon...
  2. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015" Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Uruguay shock Fiji in World Cup thriller to pull off historic victory". Guardian. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Uruguay pull off massive shock with World Cup win over Fiji". The 42. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 14 October 2019.
  6. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union — Uruguay". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  7. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  8. ^ "Los Teros name squad for Japan 2019". rugbyworldcup.com. Rugby World Cup. 30 August 2019. Retrieved 1 September 2019.

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