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The Jaguares are a professional rugby union team based in Buenos Aires, Argentina. They were founded in 2015 and are the first Argentinian team to play in SANZAAR's Super Rugby competition, participating from the 2016 Super Rugby season onwards. They were the runners up during the 2019 Super Rugby season, losing to the Crusaders 19-3 in the Super Rugby Final, played on July 6th, 2019.

Jaguares
Jaguares logo 2019.svg
UnionArgentine Rugby Union
Nickname(s)The Jaguares
Founded2015; 4 years ago (2015)
LocationBuenos Aires, Argentina
RegionArgentina
Ground(s)Estadio José Amalfitani
(Capacity: 49,540)
Coach(es)Gonzalo Quesada
Captain(s)Jerónimo de la Fuente
Most capsAgustín Creevy (30)
Top scorerNicolás Sánchez (392)
League(s)Super Rugby
2019Runners Up
1st (South African Conference)
2nd (Overall)
1st kit
2nd kit
Official website
www.jaguares.com.ar

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HistoryEdit

Following on from impressive performances by Argentina in international rugby union competitions, such as a third-placed finish in the 2007 Rugby World Cup, the governing body of rugby in Argentina, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR), campaigned for inclusion in SANZAR's Tri Nations competition. In 2011, it was announced that the competition would be expanded to include Argentina, which resulted in the competition being rebranded as The Rugby Championship[1] and Argentina competed in the competition for the first time in 2012.

However, there was no professional league in Argentina per rules of the Argentine Rugby Union. The UAR launched a team called the Pampas XV that participated in the South African Vodacom Cup competition from 2010 to 2013, winning the competition in 2011 with an 11-match unbeaten run.[2] The team withdrew from the competition at the end of 2013 due to financial considerations,[3] but was relaunched to participate in the Pacific Rugby Cup from 2014 onwards.[4] They won the competition in 2014[5] and 2015 (as the rebranded World Rugby Pacific Challenge).[6]

Despite the performances of the Pampas XV, the UAR still campaigned to have teams included in the Super Rugby competition.[7][8] Since SANZAR sold the existing Super Rugby package to its broadcasters for the period 2011–15, it meant that no changes to the format would be permitted until the 2016 season.[9]

Super RugbyEdit

In 2013, SANZAR CEO Greg Peters announced that Super Rugby would be expanded in the 2016 season, adding that South African franchise the Southern Kings would be one of the expansion teams.[10] In early 2014, SANZAR confirmed that Super Rugby would be increased from 15 to 18 teams starting from the 2016 season, with an Argentinian team getting one of the additional spots. The team would be based in Buenos Aires and that they would participate in the South African Conference.[11] Japan was granted the license for the 18th franchise in October 2014[12] and the new expanded format and three new teams were formally approved by the SANZAR Executive Committee in November 2014.[13] In 2018 the team recorded 7 wins in a row. In 2019 the team played their first ever Super Rugby final against the Crusaders in Christchurch. Unfortunately, the Jaguares were beaten 19-3.

Team results by seasonEdit

Jaguares season by season record
Season Pos Finals P W L D F A -/+ BP Pts
2016 13th 15 4 11 0 376 427 –51 6 22
2017 10th 15 7 8 0 404 386 +18 5 33
2018 7th Qualifiers 17 9 8 0 432 458 –26 2 38
2019 2nd Runners Up 19 13 6 0 461 352 109 7 51

Player scoring recordsEdit

Season Most tries Most points
Name Tries Name Points
2016   Agustín Creevy
  Martín Landajo
6   Nicolás Sánchez 142
2017   Agustín Creevy 5   Nicolás Sánchez 89
2018   Emiliano Boffelli
  Bautista Delguy
10   Nicolás Sánchez 161

Name and coloursEdit

The name was initially scheduled to be revealed at the end of July 2015, before being postponed to after the 2015 Rugby World Cup. On 16 December 2015, it was announced that the team would be known as the Jaguares. The name Jaguares was chosen to represent cunning, skill and power. According to the Jaguares official website, "Their sharp instinct and their intelligence make the Jaguares the ideal symbol for our team."[14] The name is also a tribute to the crest of the Argentine Rugby Union, which appears on the jerseys of all Argentina national teams, and as a Spanish translation to the nation side Jaguars.[15]

The name Jaguares is cognate with the English 'jaguars', which originates in the South American languages Tupi, Guaraní, Spanish, and Portuguese. The Spanish version yaguares or yaguaretés is always written with an initial y, and the first appearances of the word written with a j were after transliterations to Saxon languages, mainly English as in 'jaguar'.

StadiumEdit

 
The José Amalfitani Stadium during a rugby match between Argentina 'A' and England 'A' in 2013.
 
Estadio José Amalfitani at the Jaguares home debut versus Chiefs in the 2016 Super Rugby

The Jaguares are based in Buenos Aires and their home ground is the 49,540-capacity Estadio José Amalfitani.

Current squadEdit

The squad for the 2019 Super Rugby season is:[16][a][b]

Jaguares Super Rugby squad

Props

Hookers

Locks

Loose forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped
All team players are Argentine, unless otherwise noted.
  1. ^ a b Socino was not included in the original squad, but was announced as a mid-season signing from June 2019.[17]
  2. ^ a b Gorrissen was not included in the original squad, but was named in the squad for week 17.[18]

Current coaching staffEdit

The following coaching team was announced by the Argentine Rugby Union for the 2018 Super Rugby season:

Name Title
  Gonzalo Quesada Head Coach
  Juan de la Cruz Fernández Miranda Assistant Coach
  Martín Gaitán Assistant Coach

Previous coachesEdit

Since introduction in 2016
Coach Period G W L D % Honours Ref.
  Raúl Pérez 2015 – 2017 30 11 19 0 036.67
  Mario Ledesma October 10, 2017 – August 1, 2018 17 9 8 0 052.94 [19][20]
  Gonzalo Quesada August 9, 2018 – present 19 13 6 0 068.42 [21][22]

Jaguares XVEdit

In June 2019, it was confirmed that a Jaguares' development team called Jaguares XV would participate in the First Division of the Currie Cup, South Africa's premier domestic championship.[23]

Jaguares XV Currie Cup squad

Props

Hookers

  • José Luis González
  • Leonel Oviedo
  • Pablo Dimcheff

Locks

  • Ignacio Calas
  • Franco Molina
  • Lucas Santa Cruz
  • Jerónimo Ureta

Loose forwards

Scrum-halves

Fly-halves

Centres

Wingers

Fullbacks

(c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped
All team players are Argentine, unless otherwise noted.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ ""The Rugby Championship" to replace Tri Nations". rugby.com.au. Retrieved 8 November 2011.
  2. ^ "Pampas XV win Vodacom Cup!". SuperSport. 13 May 2011. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  3. ^ "Pampas out of Vodacom Cup". Sport24. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  4. ^ "Plantel de Seniors para la temporada 2014" (Press release) (in Spanish). Unión Argentina de Rugby. 27 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  5. ^ "Argentina Pampas win Pacific Rugby Cup". Asia Rugby Football Union. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  6. ^ "Argentina Pampas defend Pacific Challenge title". World Rugby. 23 March 2015. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  7. ^ "Super Rugby may accept Argentinian teams in 2016". Guardian. 8 August 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  8. ^ "Pichot: Argentina in Super Rugby is a no brainer". SuperXV. 23 August 2013. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  9. ^ "Super Rugby going global". Sydney Daily Telegraph. 11 February 2012. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  10. ^ "SANZAR boss Greg Peters confirms South Africa will get a sixth Super Rugby franchise from 2016". Herald Sun. 4 September 2013. Retrieved 26 August 2013.
  11. ^ "Search begins for 18th Super Rugby team" (Press release). SANZAR. 2 May 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  12. ^ "Super Rugby: Japan chosen to host new franchise from 2016". BBC. 24 October 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  13. ^ "Japan and Argentina officially join Super Rugby" (Press release). SANZAR. 20 November 2014. Retrieved 17 April 2015.
  14. ^ "Why Jagueres?". Jaguares. Retrieved 10 January 2016.
  15. ^ "Google Translate". translate.google.co.nz. Retrieved 2016-05-09.
  16. ^ "Jugadores convocados a formar parte de la pretemporada 2019" (Press release) (in Spanish). Jaguares. 28 December 2018. Retrieved 29 December 2018.
  17. ^ "Santiago Socino se incorporará a Jaguares" (Press release) (in Spanish). Jaguares. 20 May 2019. Retrieved 20 May 2019.
  18. ^ "Jaguares listos para recibir a Sharks" (Press release) (in Spanish). Jaguares. 6 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  19. ^ "Mario Ledesma to become head coach of Los Jaguares". Sky Sports. October 10, 2017.
  20. ^ "Mario Ledesma returns to Argentina to take over as head coach of the Jaguares". News.com.au. October 11, 2017.
  21. ^ "Jaguares appoint Quesada as head coach". Yahoo Sports. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  22. ^ "'Speedy Gonzalo' returns to Argentina as Jaguares coach". Rugby.com.au. August 9, 2018. Retrieved August 11, 2018.
  23. ^ "Se confirmó el fixture para la First Division de la Currie Cup" (Press release) (in Spanish). Jaguares. 12 June 2019. Retrieved 25 June 2019.

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