Uruguay national rugby union team

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Uruguay
Nickname(s) Los Teros
Emblem Southern lapwing
Union Uruguayan Rugby Union
Head coach Esteban Meneses
Captain Juan Manuel Gaminara
Most caps Diego Magno (82)
Top scorer Federico Sciarra (261)
Top try scorer Diego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadium Estadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 18 (as of 21 May 2018)
Highest 14 (2005)
Lowest 23 (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
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Pool stage, 1999, 2003 and 2015
Website www.uru.org.uy

The Uruguay national rugby union team, nicknamed Los Teros, represents Uruguay in international rugby competitions and is governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. One of the older test sides in the world, Uruguay has qualified three times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003 and most recently 2015. As of March 2018 they are ranked 18th 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.

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 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 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 February 3, 2018, Los Teros qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup as Americas 2 after beating Canada in the home-away leg.

Record[edit]

Overall record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 8 October 2018[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 092.96
2 Steady  Ireland 090.12
3 Steady  Wales 085.94
4 Steady  England 085.68
5 Steady  South Africa 083.52
6 Steady  Scotland 083.02
7 Steady  Australia 082.86
8 Steady  France 079.10
9 Steady  Argentina 078.01
10 Steady  Fiji 076.54
11 Steady  Japan 075.24
12 Steady  Tonga 073.84
13 Steady  Georgia 073.13
14 Steady  Italy 072.56
15 Steady  United States 071.66
16 Steady  Samoa 068.28
17 Steady  Romania 068.25
18 Steady  Uruguay 065.37
19 Steady  Russia 064.89
20 Steady  Spain 063.09
21 Steady  Hong Kong 060.46
22 Steady  Namibia 059.97
23 Steady  Canada 059.93
24 Steady  Portugal 058.30
25 Steady  Belgium 058.09
26 Steady  Brazil 056.81
27 Steady  Netherlands 056.52
28 Steady  Kenya 055.71
29 Steady  Germany 055.59
30 Steady  Chile 054.36
*Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
Uruguay IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 2 July 2018[3]

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

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 16 March 2018.[5]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 42 0 42 0 0.00% 434 1744 −1310
Argentina Argentina XV 10 2 8 0 20.00% 136 455 −319
Argentina Argentina Jaguars 1 0 1 0 0.00% 7 63 −56
 Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 65 −62
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
 Brazil 26 24 2 0 92.31% 920 271 +649
 Canada 12 4 8 0 33.33% 212 353 −141
 Chile 51 39 11 1 76.47% 1261 783 +478
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 2 0 2 0 0.00% 39 86 −47
 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 5 2 3 0 40.00% 72 85 −13
 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 3 3 0 0 100.00% 153 82 +71
 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 8 0 7 1 0.00% 85 226 −141
 Russia 8 4 4 0 50.00% 183 189 −6
 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 11 6 5 0 54.55% 211 156 +55
 United States 18 2 15 1 11.11% 285 566 −281
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 54 −45
Total 272 128 140 4 47.06% 6137 6886 −749

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 Qualified 8 8 0 0 318 160
Total 3/6 11 2 0 9 128 578 46 30 2 14 1252 913

Current squad[edit]

On 11 January 2018, Meneses named a 26-man squad ahead of Uruguay's 2019 RWC Qualifiers against Canada.[6]

Head Coach: Argentina Esteban Meneses

  • Caps updated: 11 January 2018
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 24) 32 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Carlos Pombo Hooker (1990-05-15) 15 May 1990 (age 28) 4 Uruguay Old Boys
Matías Benítez Prop (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 30) 20 Uruguay Champagnat
Juan Echeverriá Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 27) 33 United States Austin Huns
Mario Sagario Prop (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 32) 67 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 26) 44 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Rodrigo Capó Ortega Lock (1980-12-08) 8 December 1980 (age 37) 40 France Castres Olympique
Ignacio Dotti Lock (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 24) 27 United States New Orleans Gold
Manuel Leindekar Lock (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 21) 5 France Oyonnax
Diego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 29) 76 Uruguay MVCC
Juan Manuel Gaminara (c) Flanker (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 29) 48 Uruguay Old Boys
Rodolfo Garese Flanker (1994-04-07) 7 April 1994 (age 24) 6 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Franco Lamanna Flanker (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 27) 41 France Mazamet
Manuel Diana Number 8 (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 22) 6 Uruguay Old Christians
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 30) 56 Uruguay Champagnat
Santiago Arata Scrum-half (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 23 United States Houston SaberCats
Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 27) 37 France Stade Montois
Germán Albanell Fly-half (1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 29) 12 Uruguay Old Boys
Felipe Berchesi Fly-half (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 27) 25 France Dax
Juan Manuel Cat Centre (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 22) 14 Uruguay Old Boys
Joaquín Prada Centre (1991-07-15) 15 July 1991 (age 27) 37 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Andrés Vilaseca Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 27) 37 United States Austin Huns
Nicolás Freitas Wing (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 25) 20 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Leandro Leivas Wing (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 30) 63 Uruguay Old Christians
Rodrigo Silva Wing (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 25) 43 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Gastón Mieres Fullback (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 29) 52 Uruguay Lobos

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most matches[edit]

# Player Pos Tenure Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Won Lost Draw %
1 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 68 53 15 40 8 28 38 2 42.64
2 Rodrigo Sanchez Prop 1996-2009 67 58 9 25 5 26 41 0 38.80
3 Carlos Arboleya Hooker 2004- 64 39 25 20 4 26 37 1 41.40
4 Mario Sagario Prop 2006- 60 43 17 5 1 19 39 2 33.33
5 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 1992-2007 58 58 0 115 7 23 35 0 39.65
6 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008- 56 45 11 85 17 18 36 2 33.92
7 Nicolas Grille Flanker 1996-2007 54 43 11 40 8 23 31 0 42.59
Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 51 3 151 33 29 25 0 53.70
9 Diego Lamelas Hooker 1992-2006 52 37 15 30 6 23 29 0 44.23
10 Pedro Vecino Centre 1990-2003 51 51 0 50 10 25 26 0 49.01

Last updated: Uruguay vs Chile, 4 March 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

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- 56 45 11 85 17
3 Alfonso Cardoso Centre 1995-2003 38 35 3 67 13
4 Federico Sciarra Flanker 1990-1999 39 37 2 261 12
5 Santiago Gibernau Wing 2009–2016 37 34 3 50 10
Marcelo Nicola Wing 1989-1995 21 17 4 172 10
Pedro Vecino Centre 1990-2003 51 51 0 50 10
8 4 players on 9 tries

Last updated: Uruguay vs Chile, 4 March 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 39 261 12 36 43 1
2 Juan Menchaca Fullback 1998-2007 39 254 6 28 51 5
3 Jerónimo Etcheverry Fly-half 2008- 45 213 8 37 30 3
4 Mathias Arocena Fly-half 2005-2014 36 204 8 25 37 1
5 Marcelo Nicola Fly-half 1989-1995 21 172 10 33 20 0
6 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1973-1985 26 153 7 19 29 0
7 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 151 33 0 0 0
8 Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half 2011- 30 138 5 19 25 0
9 Felipe Berchesi Fly-half 2011- 20 135 1 8 37 1
10 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 1992-2007 58 115 7 10 20 0

Last updated: Uruguay vs Canada, 25 February 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

Most matches as captain[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1985-1999 36 20 16 0 55.55 109 23
2 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1975–1985 20 12 6 2 65.00 120 7
3 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 2002-2003 16 6 10 0 37.50 21 1
4 Nicolás Klappenbach Hooker 2005-2015 15 15 8 7 53.33 0 0
5 Mario Lame Lock 1995-2001 14 6 8 0 42.85 5 1

Last updated: Uruguay vs Canada, 25 February 2017. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

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. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 25 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union — Uruguay". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  5. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  6. ^ LISTA DE CONVOCADOS DE LOS TEROS PARA EL PARTIDO DE IDA ANTE CANADÁ
  7. ^ a b c d ESPN scrum http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=29;type=team. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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