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Argentina national rugby league team

The Argentina national rugby league team (formally nicknamed the Penguins but now the Jabalis[1]) represent Argentina in the sport of rugby league football.

Argentina
Team information
Governing bodyArgentina Rugby League
RegionAmericas
Head coachPablo Aguilera - Emiliano Rodríguez
CaptainJuan Ignacio Cánepa
RLIF ranking39th
Team results
First international
 Argentina 4–40 Australian Police Australia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2005)
Biggest win
 Argentina 36-6 Colombia 
(Los Ángeles, Chile; 17 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 6–60 Australian Police Australia
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 2005)
World Cup
Appearances0

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HistoryEdit

Argentina first played rugby league in 2005 when the Australian Police Rugby League Association organised a tour to Buenos Aires. The Australian Police team played two games against Argentina. The first was a 40-4 win for the Australian Police, with a crowd of around 150 attending. The second game was a 60–6 win for the Australian Police with a crowd attendance of around 300.[2]

The sport then remained dormant in the country for over 10 years before being revived in 2016 amidst a number of other South and Central American nations taking up the sport. Argentina saw its first domestic activity for a decade in November 2016 when it hosted the Primer Torneo Sudamericano de Rugby League, a slightly modified 9-a-side tournament in Miramar involving the national teams of Argentina and Chile, as well as a number of select sides from around the region which were bolstered by the Latin Heat organization.[3] The final of the event was between the Argentinian and Chilean national teams, with Argentina winning 16-0.[4]

In 2017, with great effort from the players and coaching staff, Argentina traveled to Chile by bus, to be in the inaugural Latinoamericano Championship. This was the first time that a Latin American championship was played with 13 players a side, three referees and full RLIF tournament rules[5]. This event gave Argentina their first chance to earn World Ranking points and debut in the International Rankings. Argentina's first match of the tournament was a 36-6 win over Colombia. This win earned a spot in the Final against Chile with Argentina losing 32-12 to a team sporting a number of heritage players from Australia. The Argentinian team for the tournament was wholly made up of players from development and social leagues and no heritage players.

2018 saw Argentina playing in the Confederação Brasileira de Rugby League Festival in Sao Paulo, beating Colombia 28-16 before losing to Brazil in the final by 22-20 despite leading 14-20 at one point[6].

Nowadays, the national team struggles to survive trying to add players, open some local competition and arrange some international friendlies with the typical economic issues of an amateur sport in the country.

Current SquadEdit

Squad selected for 2018 South American Rugby League Cup;[7]

  • Juan Ignacio Canepa
  • Marcelo Villalba
  • Emiliano Rodriguez
  • Ares Martinez
  • Ariel Cosso
  • Facundo Lizarzuay
  • Lucas Escobar
  • Gaston Barrera
  • Dario Moyano
  • Ulises Silva
  • Nahuel Lajmanovich
  • Leandro Donato
  • Sergio Espinola
  • Dylan Moreira
  • Juan Carlos Blumetti
  • Ernesto Di Nucci
  • Leandro Kwiczor
  • Brian Avejera

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "A guide to Primer Torneo Sudamericano de Rugby League". Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  2. ^ "2005 International Rugby League Results & Tables - Rugby League International Scores". www.rugbyleagueinternationalscores.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Argentina to host inaugural South American Tri-Series - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". asiapacificrl.com. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  4. ^ "Argentina win Primer Torneo Sudamericano de Rugby League - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". asiapacificrl.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  5. ^ "Fixtures announced for Latin American Championship". Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  6. ^ "Brazil win inaugural South American Cups". Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation. Retrieved 24 December 2018.
  7. ^ https://www.asiapacificrl.com/2018/11/22/argentina-announce-squad-for-south-american-cup/ Argentina squad South American Cup

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