Pampas XV was an Argentine rugby union team that was based in South Africa when they participated in the South African second domestic competition, the Vodacom Cup between 2010 and 2013. The team was established in 2010 and was composed almost entirely by members of the High Performance Plan of the UAR. It was an unofficial third national team, below the Senior squad (Los Pumas) and Argentina XV, although it has been described as the second team as well.
|Full name||Pampas XV|
|Union||Argentine Rugby Union|
|Ground(s)||ANZ National Stadium (Capacity: 15,000)|
|League(s)||Pacific Rugby Cup|
The team played in the Southern Section of the Vodacom Cup. In 2010, these teams had to play against other teams in the Southern Section, so the Pampas XV were based in the Stellenbosch area. Their first season was average though, winning 3 matches and losing as many whilst drawing one match. They finished fifth in their conference and failed to qualify for the knockout rounds. However, in 2011 all the teams in the Southern Section had to play against teams in the Northern Section, so they relocated to Olën Park, Potchefstroom.
The first title for Pampas XV came in 2011 when the team won the Vodacom Cup beating Blue Bulls at the final. The squad also went through the season undefeated, passing 40 points in 5 of their 11 matches. Juan Imhoff finished the season as the tournament's top try scorer. That achievement was also the first title won by an Argentine team in a professional competition.
In November 2013, Pampas XV withdrew from the Vodacom Cup thus not competing in the 2014 edition of the competition due to financial considerations. However, in December 2013, it was announced that the Argentine third team would join the Pacific Rugby Cup, where they would face the likes of Fiji Warriors, Samoa A, Tonga A, Junior Japan plus Australian Super Rugby Academy Teams.
The second title for the Pampas XV came in 2015, when they won their second Pacific Cup consecutive title, defeating Fiji Warriors by 17–9. The squad also finished the tournament unbeaten. That same year, the team was dissolved.
Note: Bold denotes players who were internationally capped.
Players signed by professional clubsEdit
The Pampas XV were seen as a stepping stone for Argentina-based Argentine players to be signed by professional clubs in Europe. Several players were noticed playing for the Pampas XV and then gone on to find professional teams:
- Miguel Avramovic (to Agen)
- Martín Bustos Moyano (to Montpellier)
- Agustín Creevy (to Clermont)
- Santiago Fernández (to Montpellier)
- Agustín Figuerola (to Brive)
- Mariano Galarza (to Leinster)
- Agustín Guzman (to Rovigo)
- Martín Rodríguez (to Stade Français)
- Horacio San Martín (to Aironi)
- Benjamín Urdapilleta (to Harlequins)
- Belisario Agulla (to Agen)
- Maximiliano Bustos (to Montpellier)
- Matías Cortese (to Gloucester)
- Agustín Creevy (to Montpellier)
- Agustín Gosio (to London Scottish)
- Mauricio Guidone (to Mont-de-Marsan)
- Juan Imhoff (to Racing-Métro)
- Nicolás Sánchez (to Bordeaux-Bègles)
- Leonardo Senatore (to Toulon)
- Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro (to Stade Français)
- Joaquín Tuculet (to Sale)
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- "Pampas XV, el equipo nacional que nos representa en un torneo sudáfricano" (in Spanish). 26 Noticias. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
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- Los Pampas XV, campeones de la Vodacom Cup on La Voz, 13 May 2011
- "Pampas out of Vodacom Cup". Sport24. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
- "Plantel de Seniors para la temporada 2014". UAR.com. 27 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
- Los Pampas XV son los campeones invictos de la Pacific Rugby Cup by Alejo Miranda, La Nación, 24 Mar 2014
- La última prueba antes del gran salto: Los Pampas XV, bicampeones de la Pacific Challenge by Juan M. Trenado, La Nación, 28 April 2015