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The Chile national rugby league team represents Chile in rugby league. The team is operated by Futbol a 13 Chile and sanctioned by the Rugby League International Federation to represent Chile at international level in the sport of rugby league.

Chile
Badge of Chile team
Team information
NicknameWeichafes
Governing bodyFutbol a 13 Chile
RegionAmericas
Head coachRodrigo Millar
CaptainNick Doberer
RLIF ranking33rd
Team results
First international
 Argentina 16 - 0 Chile 
(Miramar, Argentina; 12 November 2016)
Biggest win
 Chile 54-8 Brazil 
(Los Ángeles, Chile; 17 November 2017)
Biggest defeat
 United States 62-0 Chile 
(Jacksonville, Florida, United States; 13 November 2018)
World Cup
Appearances0

Contents

HistoryEdit

Rugby league (known locally as Futbol a 13) was introduced to Chile in 2015 when the Futbol a 13 Chile organization was formed. Working in partnership with Latin Heat Rugby League, an Australian-based expat team representing Chile competed in the Cabramatta International Nines, marking the first time a Chilean team participated in an organized rugby league competition.[1]

The first domestic match in Chile was played in October 2016 in Negrete, which was followed by the announcement of the inaugural Chilean domestic competition.[2] The competition was expanded with the Super Liga 13 Chile launching in 2017.[3]

In November 2016, Chile competed in the inaugural international rugby league competition in South America, hosted in Miramar, Argentina, comprising Chile, Argentina and a number of select sides from around the region which were supported by the Latin Heat organization.[4] The competition culminated in Argentina and Chile taking part in their first official international match, which Argentina won 16-0.[5]

In November 2017, Los Ángeles, Chile hosted the inaugural Latin American Rugby League Championship, comprising the national teams of Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Brazil.[6][7] Chile won the inaugural tournament, defeating Argentina 32-12 in the final.[8]

In November 2018 Chile participated in the 2018 Americas Rugby League Championship, which acted as the American qualifying competition for the 2021 Rugby League World Cup; as such they became the first South American nation to enter the competition. They were eliminated after losing 62-0 to the USA on November 13, 2018.

PlayersEdit

Current SquadEdit

Squad selected for 2021 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers;[9]

  • Jonathan Espinoza
  • Iziah Catrileo
  • Bradley Millar
  • Trent Millar
  • Thomas Garrido
  • James Horvat
  • Eugene Araya
  • Chris Brantes
  • Patrick Camaano
  • Mana Castillo-Sioni
  • Nick Doberer
  • Jaden Laing
  • Jose Nitor-Alvear
  • Brandon Tobar
  • Francisco Leiva
  • Piero Diaz
  • Taylor Salas
  • Ferec Cavezas
  • Junior Sandoval
  • Zecil Yao
  • Eddie Wegener

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Cabra 9s Results". Nswrl.com.au. Retrieved 2015-10-12.
  2. ^ "Fùtbol A 13 En Chile launch domestic competition - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 12 October 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  3. ^ "Futbol A 13 Chile launch Super Liga 13 - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 15 July 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  4. ^ "Argentina to host inaugural South American Tri-Series - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 6 November 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  5. ^ "Argentina win Primer Torneo Sudamericano de Rugby League - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 13 November 2016. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  6. ^ "Chile to host the 2017 Latin American Championship - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 17 August 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Fixtures announced for Latin American Championship - Asia Pacific Rugby League Confederation". Asiapacificrl.com. 4 September 2017. Retrieved 6 October 2017.
  8. ^ Chile win inaugural Latinoamericano Championship
  9. ^ "Chile announce train on squad for Americas Championship". rlwc2021.com. 18 October 2018.