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The Torneo Nacional de Clubes is a club rugby union competition in Argentina, organised by the National Union (UAR). The Nacional de Clubes is the main club competition in Argentine rugby, being contested by a total of 16 teams, 8 from Buenos Aires and 8 from the rest of the provinces of Argentina.

Nacional de Clubes
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Organising bodyUAR
Founded1993; 26 years ago (1993)
RegionArgentina
Number of teams16
Related competitions
Current championsHindú (2018)
Most successful club(s)Hindú
(9 titles)
Television broadcastersESPN
DirecTV
WebsiteNacional Clubes

There is also a second division, "Nacional de Clubes B", with a similar format.

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HistoryEdit

From 1993 to 2008, the competition involved 16 clubs, which were divided into four zones. The top two clubs of each zone qualified for the quarter-finals of the competition. The 16 best placed clubs in their respective regional championships were eligible to play the Nacional de Clubes. The number of teams were determined were: eight from Buenos Aires, two each from the Noroeste, Litoral and Córdoba and one from both, Cuyo and Mar del Plata.

Due to scheduling problems, in 2009 the UAR re-launched the Torneo del Interior, a competition that involved clubs from all provincial unions outside Buenos Aires. The new formula of this tournament coincided with a complete overhaul of the Nacional de Clubes system, so the competition was contested by only 4 teams, 2 from the Torneo del Interior and 2 from URBA.

That format remained until 2013, when the UAR announced that after a three-year hiatus, the Nacional de Clubes would return with the original 16 team format since the 2014 edition,[1][2] with 9 qualifying from the Torneo del Interior and 7 from the Buenos Aires Union.[1][3]

FormatEdit

The "Nacional de Clubes A" is contested by 16 clubs from the best placed teams of URBA and regional tournaments. Teams are divided into four zones, playing each other in a double round-robin tournament. Teams with the most points in each zone advance to quarter finals, concluding with semi-finals and a final.[4]

List of championsEdit

Below are detailed all the final results:

Season Champion Runner-up Score
1993 San Isidro Club Tucumán 27–19
1994 San Isidro Club La Tablada 28–12
1995 CA San Isidro La Plata 19-06
1996 Hindú Alumni 21–11
1997 Jockey Club (Rosario) Hindú 24–14
1998 San Cirano & San Luis (None) [note 1] 22–22
1999 La Tablada Duendes 23–22
2000
(Not held)
2001 Hindú Alumni 27–14
2002 Alumni Jockey Club (Rosario) 23–21
2003 Hindú Duendes 31–27
2004 Duendes Los Tarcos 32–21
2005 Hindú San Luis 17–13
2006 San Isidro Club Tala 17–13
2007 La Plata Tucumán 32–13
2008 San Isidro Club La Plata 33–8
2009 Duendes Hindú 28–18
2010 Hindú La Tablada 25–22
2011 Duendes La Tablada 26–23
2012
(Not held)
2013
(Not held)
2014 Universitario (BA) [5] Duendes 21–20
2015 Hindú Newman 27–25
2016 Hindú Belgrano AC 38–23
2017 Hindú Tala 20–10
2018 Hindú Newman 25–0
Notes
  1. ^ Both teams were declared champions after the match finished in a tie.

Titles by clubEdit

Team Titles Years won
Hindú 9 1996, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2010, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018
San Isidro Club 4 1993, 1994, 2006, 2008
Duendes 3 2004, 2009, 2011
CA San Isidro 1 1995
Jockey Club (Rosario) 1 1997
San Cirano 1 1998
San Luis 1 1998
La Tablada 1 1999
Alumni 1 2002
La Plata 1 2007
Universitario (BA) 1 2014

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