Diego Ormaechea

Diego Ormaechea (born 19 July 1959) is a former Uruguayan rugby union player and a current coach. He played as a number eight. Ormaechea is considered the greatest Uruguayan rugby player of all time.[citation needed] His contribution to rugby has been significant, not only as a player and coach, but as an inspirational personality that attracts many youngsters to the sport.

Diego Ormaechea
Birth nameDiego Ormaechea
Date of birth (1959-07-19) July 19, 1959 (age 60)
Place of birthMontevideo, Uruguay
Height6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight15 st 6 lb (98 kg; 216 lb)
Notable relative(s)Agustín Ormaechea (son)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number eight
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
Carrasco Polo Club
Carrasco Polo Club
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1979-1999 Uruguay 73 (79)

His profession is Veterinary Surgeon specialised in Racing Horses. He is one of the top veterinary surgeons in South America in his discipline.

His son, Augustín Ormachea, is a current Uruguayan international rugby union player.

Playing careerEdit

Ormaechea was born in Montevideo, Uruguay. He was introduced to rugby as a fifteen-year-old in 1976, and played for over two decades.[1] He played most of his career at Carrasco Polo Club, winning the national championship thirteen times.

He also holds the national record for Uruguay, with 73 caps and 16 tries scored, 79 points in aggregate, during 20 years, from 1979 to 1999.

Ormaechea, aged 40 years old, was also the oldest player ever at the Rugby World Cup finals, in 1999, being the captain in his country first ever presence at the event. He scored a try in the 27-15 win over Spain.

He left rugby for a year, but later returned for a final season at Carrasco Polo Club, before putting an end to his long career, in 2001, aged 41.


Ormaechea was the coach of the Uruguay national team that qualified and played at the 2003 Rugby World Cup finals. He managed to win again a game, at the 24-12 defeat of Georgia.

Ormaechea is currently the coach of Carrasco Polo Club.

Together with his friends Washington Amarillo and Eduardo Loedel Soca, he promoted and implemented the changes that allowed Uruguay to participate in all Under 17, 18, 19 and 20, as well as Sevens, international competitions.



  • Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5)
  1. ^ Richards, Chapter 13, Resisting the Inevitable, p236
  2. ^ Diego Ormaechea en el Salón de la Fama

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