Uruguay national rugby union team

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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Los Teros
Emblem Southern lapwing
Union Unión de Rugby del Uruguay
Head coach Esteban Meneses
Captain Juan Manuel Gaminara
Most caps Diego Magno (68)
Top scorer Federico Sciarra (261)
Top try scorer Diego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadium Estadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
Third colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 21 (as of 15 February 2016)
Highest 15 (2005)
Lowest 23 (2012)
First international
Uruguay 3–21 Chile
(5 August 1948)
Biggest win
Uruguay 102–6 Paraguay
(14 May 2011)
Biggest defeat
South Africa 134–3 Uruguay
(11 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances 3 (First in 1999)
Best result Pool stage, 1999, 2003, 2015
Website www.uru.org.uy
2015 Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia
2015 Rugby World Cup warm-up match between Uruguay and Argentina XV

The national rugby union team of Uruguay 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. As of 8 August 2015 they are ranked 19th in the world.

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 yet, Uruguay have never beaten Argentina in an official match between the two nations, despite some close results.

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 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]

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 30 rankings as of 20 March 2017[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 94.78
2 Steady  England 89.53
3 Steady  Australia 86.35
4 Steady  Ireland 84.66
5 Steady  Scotland 82.18
6 Increase2  France 82.00
7 Steady  South Africa 81.79
8 Decrease2  Wales 81.21
9 Steady  Argentina 79.91
10 Steady  Fiji 76.46
11 Steady  Japan 74.22
12 Steady  Georgia 72.92
13 Steady  Tonga 71.94
14 Steady  Samoa 71.25
15 Steady  Italy 71.17
16 Steady  Romania 70.15
17 Steady  United States 66.79
18 Steady  Spain 63.05
19 Steady  Namibia 62.78
20 Steady  Russia 61.75
21 Steady  Uruguay 61.24
22 Steady  Canada 59.63
23 Steady  Kenya 59.28
24 Increase1  Portugal 58.87
25 Decrease1  Germany 58.40
26 Steady  Hong Kong 56.50
27 Steady  Belgium 55.87
28 Steady  South Korea 55.50
29 Increase1  Netherlands 53.98
30 Decrease1  Chile 53.91
*Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
Uruguay IRB World Rankings.png
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 20 February 2017[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, 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 7 March 2017.[4]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 41 0 41 0 0.00% 420 1726 −1306
Argentina Argentina XV 8 1 7 0 12.50% 89 362 −273
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 24 22 2 0 91.67% 852 226 +626
 Canada 10 2 8 0 20.00% 142 293 −151
 Chile 49 37 11 1 75.51% 1167 757 +410
Ireland Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
 Emerging Italy 2 0 2 0 0.00% 37 49 −12
 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 2 0 2 0 0.00% 44 72 −28
 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 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 12 +11
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 64 −61
 Paraguay 25 24 0 1 96.00% 1277 219 +1058
 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 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
 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 10 5 5 0 50.00% 187 142 +45
 United States 16 2 13 1 12.50% 263 492 −229
United States USA Selects 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 13 −10
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
 Wales 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 54 −45
Total 254 113 137 4 44.49% 5577 6381 −804

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
Total 3/6 11 2 0 9 128 578 38 22 2 14 934 753

Current squad[edit]

Uruguay's initial squad for the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship.[5]

1 Manuel Diana, Lucas Durán, Martín Espiga, Nicolás Freitas and Ignacio García were call called up to the squad ahead of the second round game against Argentina XV.

2 Juan Manuel Gaminara, Mario Sagario and Andrés Vilaseca returned to the squad after recovering from injury, while Lorenzo Surraco joined the squad ahead of the third round clash with Brazil.

3 Ahead of round 4, Gastón Mieres returned to the team after recovering from a shoulder injury.

Head Coach: Argentina Esteban Meneses

  • Caps updated: 7 March 2017
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Espiga, MartínMartín Espiga 1 Hooker (1985-02-21) 21 February 1985 (age 32) 31 Uruguay Old Christians
Gattas, FacundoFacundo Gattas Hooker (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 21) 16 Uruguay Lobos
Pombo, DiegoDiego Pombo Hooker (1993-04-05) 5 April 1993 (age 24) 1 Uruguay Old Boys
Benítez, MatíasMatías Benítez Prop (1988-05-06) 6 May 1988 (age 28) 8 Uruguay Champagnat
Echeverriá, JuanJuan Echeverriá Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 25) 23 Uruguay Old Christians
Inciarte, FelipeFelipe Inciarte Prop 1 Uruguay Old Christians
Sagario, MarioMario Sagario 2 Prop (1986-06-29) 29 June 1986 (age 30) 60 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Sanguinetti, MateoMateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 24) 35 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Ayala, DiegoDiego Ayala Lock (1989-02-27) 27 February 1989 (age 28) 10 Uruguay MVCC
Dotti, IgnacioIgnacio Dotti Lock (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 22) 17 Uruguay Los Cuervos
Lamanna, FrancoFranco Lamanna Lock (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 25) 34 Italy Pro Recco
Magno, DiegoDiego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 27) 68 Uruguay MVCC
Surraco, LorenzoLorenzo Surraco 2 Lock (1996-09-13) 13 September 1996 (age 20) 1 Uruguay Old Christians
Gaminara, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Gaminara 2 Flanker (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 27) 40 Uruguay Old Boys
Garese, RodolfoRodolfo Garese Flanker 2 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Ormaechea, Juan DiegoJuan Diego Ormaechea Flanker (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 28) 19 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Soto, GonzaloGonzalo Soto Flanker (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 22) 10 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Diana, ManuelManuel Diana 1 Number 8 (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 21) 1 Uruguay Old Christians
Nieto, AlejandroAlejandro Nieto (c) Number 8 (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 29) 47 Uruguay Champagnat
Arata, SantiagoSantiago Arata Scrum-half (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 20) 13 Uruguay Old Christians
Lijtenstein, GuillermoGuillermo Lijtenstein Scrum-half (1990-09-14) 14 September 1990 (age 26) 33 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Ormaechea, AgustínAgustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 26) 30 France Stade Montois
Albanell, GermanGerman Albanell Fly-half (1989-01-06) 6 January 1989 (age 28) 7 Uruguay Old Boys
Durán, LucasLucas Durán 1 Fly-half (1996-07-22) 22 July 1996 (age 20) 0 Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
Berchesi, FranciscoFrancisco Berchesi Fly-half 1 Uruguay Carrasco Polo
Cat, Juan ManuelJuan Manuel Cat Centre (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 20) 6 Uruguay Old Boys
de Freitas, JuanJuan de Freitas Centre (1989-12-13) 13 December 1989 (age 27) 43 Uruguay Champagnat
Vilaseca, AndrésAndrés Vilaseca 2 Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 25) 28 Uruguay Old Boys
Freitas, NicolásNicolás Freitas 1 Wing (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 23) 15 Argentina Jaguares
Gibernau, GastónGastón Gibernau Wing (1993-06-15) 15 June 1993 (age 23) 8 Uruguay Old Boys
Leivas, LeandroLeandro Leivas Wing (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 28) 56 Uruguay Old Christians
Rocco, AndrésAndrés Rocco Wing (1994-06-29) 29 June 1994 (age 22) 8 Uruguay Old Boys
García, IgnacioIgnacio García 1 Fullback 0 Uruguay Pucaru Stade Gaulois
Mieres, GastónGastón Mieres 3 Fullback (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 27) 45 Uruguay Lobos
Silva, RodrigoRodrigo Silva Fullback (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 24) 33 Uruguay Carrasco Polo

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. [6]

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. [6]

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. [6]

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. [6]

Notable All Times Players[edit]

See also[edit]

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