Torneo del Interior

The Torneo del Interior A is an annual rugby union competition in Argentina. The competition involves clubs from all provincial unions outside Buenos Aires. Teams qualify from different tournaments along the provinces of Argentina, such as Litoral, Noroeste, Córdoba, Nordeste, Pampeano, Oeste and Patagónico.

Torneo del Interior
Current season, competition or edition:
Current sports event 2021
Torneo interior rugby logo.png
SportRugby union
Founded1998; 24 years ago (1998)
No. of teams16
Country Argentina
ConfederationUAR
Most recent
champion(s)
Gimnasia y Esgrima (R)
(2019)
Most titles
TV partner(s)ESPN
Level on pyramid1
Related
competitions
URBA Top 12
Official websiteuar.com.ar/interior

There are also two lower divisions of Torneo del Interior, "Interior B" and "Interior C", with a similar format.

OverviewEdit

The original tournament was held from 1998 to 2004, being re-launched in 2009, in an effort to bring provincial clubs to the same level as the teams from Buenos Aires.[1]

Buenos Aires clubs do not participate in this competition so they take part in the Top 12 organised by the URBA. From 2013 on, the top nine teams from the Torneo del Interior qualify for the Nacional de Clubes, where they compete with the top seven teams from the Torneo de la URBA.[2]

FormatEdit

The "Torneo del Interior 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.[3]

In 2018, Uruguayan club Montevideo Cricket took part of the tournament by invitation.[4]

ChampionshipsEdit

Below is the list of finals contested from 1998 to date:[5]

FinalsEdit

Season Champion Runner-up Score
1998
Jockey Club (C) Marista
25–13
1999
Jockey Club (C) Duendes
26–13
2000
Jockey Club (R) Tala
26–22
2001
La Tablada Cardenales
21–16
2002
Jockey Club (R) Universitario (T)
32–28
2003
Duendes Cardenales
22–20
2004
Tala Los Tarcos
35–26
2005
(Not held)
2006
(Not held)
2007
(Not held)
2008
(Not held)
2009
Duendes Universitario (T)
35–21
2010
La Tablada Cardenales
25–18
2011
La Tablada Duendes
37–27
2012
Duendes Cardenales
40–21
2013
Duendes Tala
36–6
2014
Urú Curé Los Tordos
25–11
2015
Cardenales RC Los Tordos
26–16
2016
Los Tarcos Jockey Club (R)
25–20
2017
La Tablada Gimnasia y Esgrima (R)
25–22
2018
CURNE Huirapuca
20–14
2019
Gimnasia y Esgrima (R) Marista
30–20
2020
(Not held due to Covid-19 pandemic)

Titles by teamEdit

Team Titles Years won
Duendes
4
2003, 2009, 2012, 2013
La Tablada
4
2001, 2010, 2011, 2017
Jockey Club Córdoba
2
1998, 1999
Jockey Club Rosario
2
2000, 2002
Tala
1
2004
Urú Curé
1
2014
Cardenales
1
2015
Los Tarcos
1
2016
CURNE (Chaco)
1
2018
Gimnasia y Esgrima (R)
1
2019

ReferencesEdit

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