Sudamérica Rugby

Sudamérica Rugby (previously known as Confederación Sudamericana de Rugby (abbreviated CONSUR) between 1988 and 2015),[3][4] is the governing body for rugby union within South America and most of Central America. It was created on 14 October 1989 in Montevideo on the initiative of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay, counting with a total of 16 unions.

Sudamérica Rugby
Sudamerica Rugby logo.png
Formation14 October 1988; 32 years ago (1988-10-14) [1]
Founded atAsunción, Paraguay
South and Central America
16 unions
Uruguay Sebastián Piñeyrúa
Uruguay Marcello Calandra [2]
AffiliationsWorld Rugby

The confederation currently has nine full World Rugby member nations, with one associate member, and is responsible for running various rugby tournaments within South America, especially the South American Rugby Championship.


Logo used until 2015, when the organisation changed its name and image

Although there was a meeting of associations during the 1961 Championship, the body was officially established as "Confederación Sudamericana de Rugby" (South American Rugby Confederation) on October 14, 1988, in the Yatch & Club of Asunción, Paraguay. The act of foundation was signed by members of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Paraguay, and Uruguay.

The members also set up the creation of Copa Libertadores de Rugby, contested by the national champions of each association, to be held in Punta del Este. According with the act, the Confederation was created with the aim of promoting the spreading and development of amateur rugby within South America, and organising rugby competitions in the region.[1]

Following a suggestion made by World Rugby, the Confederation changed its name to "Sudamérica Rugby" in 2015.[3]

In 2019, Sudamérica Rugby announced the creation of "Superliga Americana", the first professional competition in the region. To begin in February 2020, the tournament will be contested by five clubs of five countries, playing in a double round-robin basis. At the end of the regular phase, the four best placed teams will qualify to play the semi-finals, while team placed 5th. will play two matches versus the Colombian representative, which added in 2021.[5]

Franchised team Ceibos, based in Córdoba and made up of players from Argentina XV and Jaguares, will represent Argentina at the competition. Former Puma Ignacio Fernández Lobbe was appointed as coach of Los Ceibos.[6] The other teams taking part in the tournament will be Corinthians (Brazil), Selknam (Chile), Cafeteros Pro (Colombia), Olimpia Lions (Paraguay), and Peñarol (Uruguay).[7]

Member unionsEdit



Tournament Class Categories
South American Championship National teams Senior (A, B, C), Youth (U-20, U18)
South America Seven National teams Senior, U-20, U-18, Women's, Women's U-18
Central America Seven National teams Women's
Súper Liga Americana de Rugby Club teams Senior

National teams rankingsEdit

  • Rankings current as of 10 November 2019
  • Only teams affiliated with World Rugby were included

World Cup qualifyingEdit

Sudamérica Rugby nations participate in qualifying tournaments for the Rugby World Cup every four years. Only two Sudamérica Rugby nations –Argentina and Uruguay– have qualified to play in Rugby World Cups.

Edition Qualified Eliminated in
Eliminated at
final stage
1987   Argentina
1991   Argentina
1995   Argentina   Uruguay
1999   Argentina
2003   Argentina
2007   Argentina   Uruguay   Chile
2011   Argentina   Uruguay   Chile
2015   Argentina
2019   Argentina


  1. ^ a b Institucional on Sudamérica Rugby website, 29 Dec 2019
  3. ^ a b Consur se transforma on Rugby Full, 5 Jan 2015
  4. ^ Sudamérica Rugby has a new logo, Americas Rugby News, 17 Nov 2015
  5. ^ Nace la Superliga Americana, un impulso vital para el rugby regional by Alejo Miranda La Nación, 1 Dec 2019
  6. ^ Ceibos, el equipo privado del millón de dólares by Sergio Stuart Olé, 28 Nov 2019
  7. ^ La Superliga Americana va tomando forma by Gabriel Sarquis Marca, 29 Dec 2019

External linksEdit