Chile national rugby union team


The Chilean national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Chile) represents Chile in men's international rugby union; it is organised by the Chilean Rugby Federation (Spanish: Federación Chilena de Rugby). Nicknamed Los Cóndores (The Condores in English), they play in red and white jerseys. They are currently ranked 26th in the world by World Rugby, making them the third highest-ranked nation in South America.

Chile
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Cóndores (The Condors)
EmblemAndean Condor
UnionChilean Rugby Federation
Head coachPablo Lemoine
CaptainMartín Sigren
Most capsCristian Onetto (43)
Top scorerCristian González (221)
Top try scorerJosé Ignacio Larenas (10)
Home stadiumEstadio Elías Figueroa Brander
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current23 (as of 28 November 2021)
Highest23 (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2011, 2012, 2015, 2021)
Lowest31 (2018)
First international
Chile 0–29 Argentina 
(Valparaíso, Chile; 20 September 1936)
Biggest win
Chile 102–0 Paraguay 
(Estadio Luis Franzini, Montevideo, Uruguay; 3 May 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Argentina 89–6 Chile
(Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo, Uruguay; 20 May 2009)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitechilerugby.org

Chile was the second South American nation after Argentina to play international rugby union, playing their first international test against Argentina in 1936 in Santiago. Chile is one of the founding members of CONSUR (now known as Sudamérica Rugby) in 1989, alongside Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay. Chile has long been participating in the South American Rugby Championship since 1951 and has consistently been the third or even the second best team in South America. In 2016, Chile, alongside the unions of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, the United States, and Uruguay, formed the Americas Rugby Championship, aimed at increasing the standard of rugby union in the Americas region.

The sport has historic connections to the Scottish community in the country. In 2012, two Scottish-Chilean players, Donald and Ian Campbell, were inducted into the IRB (now World Rugby) Hall of Fame.

HistoryEdit

Early history (1890s - 1959)Edit

Rugby was introduced in Chile roughly around the late 19th century, as it was in other parts of South America by British immigrants who arrived in ports.[1] The first recorded rugby game taking place on Chilean soil was in 1894, from British immigrants who lived in both Santiago, Iquique and Valparaíso. Until the 1930s, the game was initially mostly played by the British-descended community of Chile.[2] In 1935, the Chilean Rugby Federation was founded.

Chile's first ever fixtures were against Argentina in September 1936, a two-game series played in the capital Santiago. Chile lost both of their games by scorelines of 0 to 20 and 3 to 31, respectively. Chile would visit Argentina in 1938 in Buenos Aires, losing 3 to 33. Chile would not play another fixture until 1948, where they beat Uruguay 21 to 3 in Buenos Aires.

The Chilean team began competing more consistently in the 1950s. In 1951, Chile played the first South American Rugby Championship against Brazil, Uruguay and Argentina in 1951; Chile finished third, beating Brazil by a margin of 68 to nil, but losing to both Uruguay and Argentina. In 1952, Chile received Ireland on tour, but in Santiago 30 to 0. Chile would play another Five Nations side, this time France on tour, but lost 34-3. In 1958, Chile participated in the second South American Rugby Championship, finishing second; Chile easily beat both Peru and Uruguay before falling to Argentina, finishing second.

1960s - 1980sEdit

By the 1960s Chile saw itself established as a middle contender in South America. Chile were consistently beating sides like Brazil and Uruguay, but couldn't breakthrough against the mighty Argentina. In 1966, Chile received the Springboks, their first test against a SANZAR side, but lost 72 to 0. During the 1970s Chile didn't play any non-South American competition; for the most part Chile were finishing second or third in South America, usually beating Brazil and newcomers Paraguay, and dog fighting for second against Uruguay. In the 1980s, former coach of France Jean-Pierre Juanchich took over administration of rugby in Chile, which led to better promotion, awareness, and improvement in Chilean rugby. In 1989, a proper governing body for rugby in South America, CONSUR, was formed.

1990s - 2000sEdit

Chile formally joined the International Rugby Board in 1991, allowing Chile to participate formally in World Cup competitions. In 1993, Chile participated in its first ever World Cup Qualifying competition in 1993, entering qualifying for the 1995 Rugby World Cup; however, they lost all their fixtures to Argentina, Paraguay, and Uruguay, finishing bottom of the group. In 1995, Chile played Spain, winning 28 - 23.

The 1999 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign was more successful. Chile easily swept through a group containing the teams of Bermuda and Trinidad and Tobago. However, Chile lost 14 to 20 against Uruguay, therefore missing out on a repechage spot, and potentially a spot in the World Cup.

In 2000, Chile came within 2 points of defeating Argentina. This improved form would continue through the early 2000s, easily disposing of Brazil in their first qualifier for the 2003 Rugby World Cup. In the final round, a round robin containing Canada, Uruguay, and the United States, the Chileans won their first home fixture versus Uruguay before losing their next two to the USA and Canada. Despite this, Chile recorded an upset, defeating the United States 21 to 13 in Santiago. Despite being improved, Chile dropped their next two games, finishing the campaign with 2 wins and 4 losses. Unfortunately for Chile, they finished bottom on try difference, yet again missing out on a repechage spot, and potential qualification.

The 2007 qualifiers were mostly the same song as the previous campaigns; Chile swept their first round against Paraguay and Brazil but in the final group lost both their games to Argentina and Uruguay, which once again would have secured a repechage at least, and potentially an automatic spot in the World Cup.

The 2011 campaign was short-lived, having automatically been seeded into Round 3A of the qualifiers in the new format. Chile cruised to victory versus Brazil but once again lost to familiar foes Uruguay, and once again missing out on a potential repechage or automatic qualifier.

2010-presentEdit

In 2010, Chile nearly started the new decade with a bang, coming very close to defeating Oceania powerhouse Tonga, but losing 32–30. The following year in 2011, Chile beat Uruguay for the first time in nine years, winning 21–18 and finishing second in the South American Championship.

The decade has been marked by inconsistency in results. In 2013, Chile began their qualifying campaign, opening up with a victory versus Brazil, but yet again lost to foes Uruguay, following the same pattern of results since the 1999 campaign. In 2014, Chile reached a bottom point; in the 2014 South American Championship, they finished bottom of the group, losing to Brazil for the first time in their history.[citation needed] Chile were also wooden spooners in the 2014 CONSUR Cup, the new competition featuring Argentina and the top 2 sides in South America. However, the following year, Chile won the South American Championship for the first time in their history, cruising through both Brazil and Paraguay before defeating Uruguay at home 30–15.

In 2016, Chile participated in the first Americas Rugby Championship in its current format. Chile squeaked a home win versus Brazil, before playing a close game against Argentina before tiring out in the last 20 minutes, ultimately losing 52–15. Chile were blown out by the United States in Fort Lauderdale 64–0 before nearly beating Uruguay, losing 20–23. Chile lost their last game at home versus Canada, 64–13, finishing bottom in the inaugural edition.

In the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship, Chile was defeated in all five matches, scoring just four tries in the tournament. In the 2017 Cup of Nations, the team claimed a win over Kenya, while losing to Russia and Hong Kong.

RecordEdit

Overall recordEdit

Top 30 as of 22 November 2021[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 090.61
2  1   New Zealand 088.75
3  1   England 087.83
4  1   Ireland 086.53
5  1   France 085.53
6  1   Australia 083.92
7     Scotland 083.05
8  1   Wales 081.56
9  1   Argentina 080.58
10     Japan 078.26
11     Fiji 076.62
12     Georgia 073.72
13     Samoa 073.59
14     Italy 070.51
15  1   Romania 067.91
16  1   Tonga 067.72
17  1   United States 066.54
18  1   Uruguay 066.40
19     Portugal 065.84
20     Spain 065.42
21  1   Canada 061.80
23  1   Hong Kong 061.23
23  2   Russia 060.07
24     Namibia 059.72
25  1   Chile 058.41
25  1   Netherlands 057.60
27     Belgium 054.86
28  1   Poland 053.81
29  1   Brazil 054.76
30     Germany 053.15
* Change from the previous week

Below is a table of the representative rugby matches played by a Chile national XV at test level up until 26 November 2021.

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Argentina 39 0 39 0 0.00% 270 1855 −1585
  Argentina XV 5 1 4 0 20.00% 78 175 −97
  Argentina Jaguars 1 0 1 0 0.00% 23 42 −19
  Bermuda 1 1 0 0 100.00% 65 8 +57
  Brazil 28 22 4 2 78.57% 893 337 +556
  Canada 9 1 7 0 11.11% 137 313 −176
  Fiji 1 0 1 0 0.00% 16 41 −25
  France Amateur 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 22 −19
  France XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 34 −31
  Georgia 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 53 −17
  Germany 1 1 0 0 100.00% 32 10 +22
  Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0.00% 6 13 −7
  Kenya 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 3 +20
  Paraguay 27 26 1 0 96.30% 1098 276 +822
  Peru 2 2 0 0 100.00% 62 6 +56
  Portugal 3 0 3 0 0.00% 49 87 −38
  Romania 1 0 1 0 0.00% 11 27 -16
  Russia 3 2 1 0 66.66% 83 98 −15
  Spain 5 2 3 0 40.00% 86 151 −65
  South Korea 2 1 1 0 50.00% 66 50 +16
  Tonga 1 0 1 0 0.00% 30 32 −2
  Trinidad and Tobago 1 1 0 0 100.00% 35 6 +29
  United States 5 1 4 0 20.00% 65 214 −149
  Uruguay 54 12 41 1 22.22% 814 1279 −465
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 95 3 +92
Total 192 74 115 3 39.15% 4000 5065 −1065

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
   1987 Not invited -
    1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  1995 Did not qualify 3 0 0 3 37 109
  1999 Did not qualify 4 3 0 1 168 40
  2003 Did not qualify 8 4 0 4 196 155
  2007 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 121 138
  2011 Did not qualify 2 1 0 1 88 49
  2015 Did not qualify 4 2 0 2 92 78
  2019 Did not qualify 6 3 1 2 193 57
  2023 To be determined 4 2 0 2 87 74
Total 0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 16 0 16 978 753

South American Rugby Championship recordEdit

  • 1951 - Runners-up
  • 1958 - Runners-up
  • 1961 - Runners-up
  • 1964 - Fourth place
  • 1967 - Runners-up
  • 1969 - Runners-up
  • 1971 - Runners-up
  • 1973 - Third place
  • 1975 - Runners-up
  • 1977 - Third place
  • 1979 - Runners-up
  • 1981 - Runners-up
  • 1983 - Third place
  • 1985 - Third place
  • 1987 - Third place
  • 1989 - Third place
  • 1991 - Third place
  • 1993 - Fourth place
  • 1995 - Third place
  • 1997 - Third place
  • 1998 - Third place
  • 2000 - Third place
  • 2001 - Third place
  • 2002 - Third place
  • 2003 - Third place
  • 2004 - Third place
  • 2005 - Third place
  • 2006 - Third place
  • 2007 - Third place
  • 2008 - Third place
  • 2009 - Third place
  • 2010 - Third place
  • 2011 - Runners-up
  • 2012 - Third place
  • 2013 - Third place
  • 2014 - Fourth place
  • 2015 - First place
  • 2016 - Runners-up
  • 2017 - Runners-up
  • 2018 - Third place
  • 2019 - Third place
  • 2020 - Runners-up

Sudamérica Rugby Cup/CONSUR Cup recordEdit

  • 2014 - Third place
  • 2015 - Did not participate
  • 2016 - Third place
  • 2017 - Third place

Americas Rugby Championship recordEdit

  • 2016 - Sixth place
  • 2017 - Sixth place
  • 2018 - Sixth place
  • 2019 - Sixth place

Current squadEdit

Chile's 28-man squad for their 2-test series against Russia as part of the 2021 November international window.[4]

Head Coach:   Pablo Lemoine

  • Caps Updated: 15 November 2021

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Augusto Böhme Hooker (1997-06-11) 11 June 1997 (age 24) 14   Selknam
Tomás Dussaillant Hooker (1990-10-06) 6 October 1990 (age 31) 33   Selknam
Diego Escobar Hooker (2000-04-17) 17 April 2000 (age 21) 0   COBS
Javier Carrasco Prop (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 24) 11   Selknam
Matías Dittus Prop (1993-07-16) 16 July 1993 (age 28) 13   Selknam
Iñaki Gurruchaga Prop (1995-10-13) 13 October 1995 (age 26) 5   Selknam
Vittorio Lastra Prop (1996-03-26) 26 March 1996 (age 25) 19   Old Mackayans
Lues Salvador Prop (1999-11-06) 6 November 1999 (age 22) 4   COBS
Javier Eissmann Lock (1997-03-21) 21 March 1997 (age 24) 14   Selknam
Santiago Pedrero Lock 0   Selknam
Clemente Saavedra Lock (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 23) 12   Santboiana
Augusto Sarmiento Lock (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 28) 11   Aparejadores
Alfonso Escobar Back row (1997-08-17) 17 August 1997 (age 24) 12   Selknam
Raimundo Martínez Back row 3   Selknam
Thomas Orchard Back row (1997-01-12) 12 January 1997 (age 24) 9   Selknam
Martín Sigren (c) Back row (1996-05-14) 14 May 1996 (age 25) 20   Selknam
Lukas Carvallo Scrum-half 0   Selknam
Nicolás Herreros Scrum-half (1990-01-23) 23 January 1990 (age 31) 4   Aparejadores
Marcelo Torrealba Scrum-half (1996-05-06) 6 May 1996 (age 25) 4   Austin Gilgronis
Rodrigo Fernández Fly-half (1996-02-08) 8 February 1996 (age 25) 15   Selknam
Clemente Armstrong Centre 0   DOBS
Matías Garafulic Centre (2000-09-01) 1 September 2000 (age 21) 4   Selknam
José Ignacio Larenas Centre (1989-09-14) 14 September 1989 (age 32) 142   Selknam
Domingo Saavedra Centre (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 23) 21   Selknam
Iñaki Ayarza Wing (1999-09-07) 7 September 1999 (age 22) 7   Charente
Nicolás Garafulic Wing (1998-09-11) 11 September 1998 (age 23) 13   Selknam
Pablo Casas Fullback (1992-03-04) 4 March 1992 (age 29) 10   Lousã
Santiago Videla Fullback (1998-01-16) 16 January 1998 (age 23) 17   Selknam

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p65
  2. ^ Collins, Tony (1 September 2015). The Oval World: A Global History of Rugby (First ed.). Bloomsbury Publishing. ISBN 9781408843703. Retrieved 24 March 2016.
  3. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 22 November 2021.
  4. ^ Chile take 28-man roster to Russia