Uruguay national rugby union team

The Uruguay national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in men's international rugby union nicknamed Los Teros, is governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. One of the older test sides in the world, Uruguay has qualified four times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003, 2015 and most recently 2019. As of 10 June 2019 they are ranked 17th in the world, and are ranked 3rd in the Americas region, behind rivals Argentina and the United States.

Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Teros
EmblemSouthern lapwing
UnionUruguayan Rugby Union
Head coachEsteban Meneses
CaptainAndrés Vilaseca
Most capsDiego Magno (97)
Top scorerFelipe Berchesi (337)
Top try scorerDiego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadiumEstadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current17 (as of 8 November 2021)
Highest14 (2005)
Lowest23 (2012)
First international
Uruguay 3–21 Chile 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 August 1948)
Biggest win
Uruguay 102–6 Paraguay 
(Puerto Iguazú, Argentina; 15 May 2011)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 134–3 Uruguay
(East London, South Africa; 11 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1999)
Best resultPool stage, 1999, 2003, 2015 and 2019
Websitewww.uru.org.uy

Uruguay has consistently been one of the better fringe international sides in rugby union, having consistently beaten Tier 2/3 competition from across the globe. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time (pre-2014) that a team other than Argentina won the tournament. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As of 2012, Uruguay has been classified as a Tier 2 nation, which allows them to receive more funding from World Rugby.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people. Estadio Domingo Burgueño has also been used for some fixtures in the Americas Rugby Championship.

The nickname Los Teros refers to the national bird of Uruguay, the southern lapwing.

HistoryEdit

1900s – 1960sEdit

 
Uruguay v. Chile in the 1951 South American championship held in Buenos Aires

Rugby union has been played on Uruguayan soil as possibly as early as the 19th century, with reports of rugby football being played as early as 1865,[1] though the origins of rugby in Uruguay remain controversial. Regardless of whom played the first rugby match in Uruguay, it is clear that rugby was introduced in Uruguay by British immigrants in the 19th century, with the game being more popularized by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who were of Irish origin. Because of this, Uruguay has one of the oldest rugby cultures outside the British Isles, and one of the most established in the South America.

Uruguay made their official international debut in 1948, in a game against Chile, which Uruguay lost 21–3. Following their debut match, they returned to competition in the Pan American Games, first against the more experienced Argentina, resulting in a 0–62 loss. Uruguay then faced Chile for the second time, defeating them by 8–3. The final match of the competition was a 17–10 win over Brazil. Uruguay thus became runners up in the first unofficial South American Rugby Championship.

Uruguay, after a four years hiatus, played Chile in 1956, who defeated them by 6–3. In 1958, they played for the first official South American Rugby Championship, in a pool of three countries. They first played Chile, this time losing by 9–34. The Teros met again Argentina, having another loss, this time by 3–50. Uruguay managed to defeat Peru (10–6) in the last game.

In 1960, Uruguay faced for the first time one of the powers of the Northern Hemisphere rugby, France XV, losing by 0–59 in Montevideo during a South American tour. Uruguay after this match entered their second South American Rugby Championship. They first won against Brazil in a close game (11–8), then losing to Chile (5–28) and Argentina (3–36) in the closest result to then between both countries.

1970s – 1980sEdit

The 1970s started off with a win over Paraguay in 1971, which was followed by a win and loss against Chile and a win against Brazil. They also played Argentina twice in the 1970s. However, they won all their matches except for those against Argentina, as well as losing one game against Chile and drawing another. However, the next game against Argentina, two years later in 1979, Uruguay came close to defeating the Pumas, going down by just three points, the final score being 19 to 16.

The 1980s started off with a 54 to 14 win over Paraguay, which resulted in a winning streak that was stopped by Argentina in 1983. In 1985, France visited Montevideo for a second time to play the Teros, beating the locals 34–6. Another short undefeated streak occurred over 1987/1989, which was broken by a 19 to 17 loss against Chile. This was followed by a sound loss to Argentina and loss to a new opponent, the United States Eagles.

1990sEdit

 
The southern lapwing, emblem of the Uruguayan National Rugby Team

The 1990s started off with wins against of Chile, Brazil and Paraguay. This was followed by more wins over their traditional opponents, though Uruguay still lost to Argentina, they also played Canada in a competitive 28–9 loss in 1995. Uruguay played some of the bigger nations such as Argentina, Canada and the United States, although the Canada and U.S. games were a lot closer than some of their previous encounters.

A huge success for them was qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. They won their pool fixture against Spain, Uruguay finished third in their pool.

2000–presentEdit

 
2015 Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia

Uruguay came within 10 points of Argentina in 2001, and also played nations such as Italy in the same year. Uruguay won most of their matches against their traditional Americas opponents in the early 2000s. Later in 2002, Uruguay defeated Canada, winning 25–23. They followed this up with a 10–9 win over the United States. They again qualified for the 2003 World Cup. They won their pool fixture against Georgia 24–12.

Uruguay's qualification for the 2007 World Cup started in Americas Round 3a, where they were grouped with Argentina and Chile. After losing their first match 26–0 to Argentina, they defeated Chile 43–15 in Montevideo, which saw them enter Round 4. In round 4 they faced the United States, and Uruguay lost on aggregate, and moved onto the repechage round as Americas 4. Uruguay played Portugal in the repechage over two legs — losing the first in Lisbon and winning the second in Montevideo — but lost on aggregate points and failed to qualify.

Uruguay lost the 2011 Rugby World Cup qualification. Uruguay had won the 2009 South American Rugby Championship "A" by defeating Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Charrúa. Uruguay then lost to the United States 22–27 and 6–27. In the repechage, Uruguay defeated Kazakhstan 44–7, but in the battle for the 20th and final spot at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Uruguay tied Romania at home 21–21 and lost 12–32 in Bucharest.

During the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Uruguay won the 2013 South American Rugby Championship "A", getting wins at the Estadio Charrúa against Brazil (58–7) and Chile (23–9). In March 2014, Uruguay faced the United States in a NACRA-CONSUR playoff for the last Americas qualification spot. Uruguay tied the home leg 27–27, but lost the away leg 32–13. Uruguay then moved to the repechage, where it defeated Hong Kong 28–3 at the Estadio Charrúa, to face Russia for the 20th and final spot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup by defeating Russia by an aggregate score of 57–49 in the two-game series, winning the second game at home 36–27 in front of 14,000 fans at the Charrua Stadium.[2]

Uruguay claimed three wins and two losses at the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship, but ranked fourth out of six because they only scored two bonus points. In 2017 the team also claimed three wins and two losses, finishing third. On 3 February 2018, Los Teros qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup as Americas 2 after beating Canada in the home-away leg, and started it with a surprising 30-27 win over Fiji on 25 September, it was Uruguay’s first World Cup win in 16 years.[3][4]

On 30 October 2019, nightclub in southwestern Japan filed criminal complaint against players from the Uruguay team for 2019 Rugby World Cup for allegedly damaging property.[5]

In 2021, Uruguay qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, after a 1-1 series draw with the United States They lost the first game 19-16, but won the second game 34-15. They won on aggregate points (50-34) and are in Pool A with New Zealand, France, Italy and Zimbabwe.

RecordEdit

Overall recordEdit

Top 20 as of 29 November 2021[6]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 090.61
2     New Zealand 088.75
3     England 087.83
4     Ireland 086.53
5     France 085.53
6     Australia 083.92
7     Scotland 083.05
8     Wales 081.56
9     Argentina 080.58
10     Japan 078.26
11     Fiji 076.62
12     Georgia 073.72
13     Samoa 073.59
14     Italy 070.51
15     Romania 067.91
16     Tonga 067.72
17     United States 066.54
18     Uruguay 066.40
19     Portugal 065.84
20     Spain 065.42
21     Canada 061.80
23     Hong Kong 061.23
23  2   Chile 059.88
24     Namibia 059.72
25  2   Russia 058.60
25     Netherlands 057.60
27     Belgium 054.86
28     Poland 053.81
29     Brazil 054.76
30     Germany 053.15
* Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
See or edit source data.
Source: World Rugby[6]
Graph updated to 29 November 2021

Uruguay has lost all official matches versus Argentina, but has a winning record versus their other South American rivals such as Chile, Paraguay and Brazil.

Regarding tier 2 teams, Uruguay has positive records with Namibia, Portugal and Russia, neutral records with Spain, and negative records with United States, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Romania and Fiji.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Uruguay national XV at test level up until 12 October 2021.[7]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Argentina 42 0 42 0 0.00% 434 1744 −1310
  Argentina XV 12 4 8 0 30.77% 251 463 −212
  Argentina Jaguars 2 0 2 0 0.00% 40 101 −61
  Australia 2 0 2 0 0.00% 13 110 −97
  Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
  Brazil 31 28 3 0 90.32% 1060 328 +732
  Canada 13 5 8 0 33.33% 232 370 −141
  Chile 53 40 12 1 75.47% 1279 814 +465
  Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
  England 2 0 2 0 0.00% 16 171 −155
  Fiji 4 1 3 0 25.00% 76 181 −105
  Fiji XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 24 −21
  Fiji Warriors 3 1 2 0 33.33% 73 82 −9
  France XV 2 0 2 0 0.00% 6 95 −89
  Georgia 6 2 4 0 33.3% 86 141 −55
  Germany 1 0 1 0 0.00% 21 24 −3
  Hong Kong 1 1 0 0 100.00% 28 3 +25
  Italy 3 0 3 0 0.00% 25 92 −67
  Emerging Italy 4 2 2 0 50.00% 90 89 +1
  Japan 3 1 2 0 33.33% 32 88 −56
  Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 100.00% 44 7 +37
  Morocco 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 24 +12
  Namibia 4 3 1 0 75.00% 142 112 +30
  New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 64 −61
  Paraguay 26 25 0 1 96.15% 1322 238 +1084
  Peru 1 1 0 0 100.00% 10 6 +4
  Portugal 10 7 3 0 70.00% 234 142 +92
  Romania 9 1 7 1 11.11% 85 226 −141
  Russia 9 5 4 0 55.55% 231 215 +16
  Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 60 −47
  Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 43 −31
  Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 27 −24
  South Africa 3 0 3 0 0.00% 12 245 −233
  South Africa President's XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 37 −28
  Spain 13 7 6 0 53.85% 250 198 +34
  United States 20 4 15 1 20% 361 612 −251
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
  Wales 2 0 2 0 0.00% 22 89 −67
Total 294 142 148 4 48.3% 6725 7412 −706

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Finished Played Won Drew Lost Pts F Pts A P W D L F A
   1987 Not invited
    1991 Did not enter Did not enter
  1995 Did not qualify 3 2 0 1 91 28
  1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 42 97 9 6 0 3 209 188
  2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 56 255 6 3 0 3 115 144
  2007 Did not qualify 6 2 0 4 86 140
  2011 6 3 1 2 194 107
  2015 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 30 226 8 6 1 1 239 146
  2019 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 60 140 8 8 0 0 318 160
  2023 Qualified TBD
Total 4/7 15 3 0 12 188 718 46 30 2 14 1252 913

Current squadEdit

On the 31st of October 2021, the following 26 players were called up for the World Rugby test matches against   Romania,   Italy A and   Italy.[8]

On the 3rd of November, Mateo Sanguinetti and Juan Manuel Alonso were called up to the squad.[9]

Head Coach:   Esteban Meneses

  • Caps Updated: 7 November 2021
Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Gattas Hooker (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 26) 38   Peñarol
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 27) 55   Provence
Guillermo Pujadas Hooker (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 24) 18   Peñarol
Diego Arbelo Prop (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 27) 17   Peñarol
Matías Benítez Prop (1988-05-16) 16 May 1988 (age 33) 37   Peñarol
Juan Echeverría Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 30) 59   Peñarol
Mateo Perillo Prop 1   Peñarol
Ignacio Péculo Prop (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 22) 4   Old Christian
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 29) 72   Massy
Felipe Aliaga Lock (1999-09-14) 14 September 1999 (age 22) 3   Peñarol
Juanjuan Garese Lock (1999-01-25) 25 January 1999 (age 22) 4   Peñarol
Manuel Leindekar Lock (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 24) 23   Oyonnax
Diego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 32) 97   Houston SaberCats
Manuel Ardao Back row (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 23) 14   Peñarol
Santiago Civetta Back row (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 23) 16   Peñarol
Carlos Deus Back row (2001-07-05) 5 July 2001 (age 20) 0   Peñarol
Manuel Diana Back row (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 25) 33   Toronto Arrows
Eric Dosantos Back row (1995-02-25) 25 February 1995 (age 26) 8   Peñarol
Franco Lamanna Back row (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 30) 50   Mogliano
Tomás Inciarte Scrum-half (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 25) 22   Peñarol
Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 30) 52   Nice
Juan Manuel Tafernaberry Scrum-half 0   Stade Français
Felipe Etcheverry Fly-half (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 25) 11   Peñarol
Felipe Arcos Pérez Centre (2000-05-17) 17 May 2000 (age 21) 5   Peñarol
Nicolás Freitas Centre (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 28) 46   Peñarol
Juan Manuel Alonso Centre 1   Brive
Andrés Vilaseca (c) Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 30) 66   Peñarol
Federico Favaro Wing (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991 (age 30) 38   Peñarol
Gastón Mieres Wing (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 32) 78   Toronto Arrows
Mateo Viñals Wing (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 23) 1   Peñarol
Baltazar Amaya Fullback (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 22) 1   Peñarol
Rodrigo Silva Fullback (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 29) 69   Peñarol

Individual all-time recordsEdit

Most matchesEdit

# Player Pos Tenure Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Won Lost Draw %
1 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 97 62 35 55 11 47 48 2 50.00
2 Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 78 68 10 85 17 42 34 2 56.57
3 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008-2019 76 63 13 120 24 32 42 2 43.42
Mario Sagario Prop 2006-2019 76 53 23 5 1 32 42 2 43.42
5 Mateo Sanguinetti Prop 2014- 72 59 13 20 4 38 34 0 54.28
6 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2010-2019 71 66 5 35 7 34 35 2 49.29
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 2012-2019 71 62 9 35 7 40 30 1 57.04
8 Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012- 69 63 6 104 17 38 31 0 56.71
9 Carlos Arboleya Hooker 2004-2018 67 39 28 25 5 29 37 1 44.02
Rodrigo Sanchez Prop 1996-2009 67 58 9 25 5 26 41 0 38.80

Last updated: Italy vs Uruguay, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most triesEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 51 3 151 33
2 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008-2019 76 63 13 120 24
3 Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 78 68 10 85 17
Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012- 69 63 6 104 17
5 German Kessler Hooker 2015- 55 40 15 80 16
6 Santiago Arata Scrum-half 2016- 45 29 16 70 14
Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 38 2 272 14
Andres Vilaseca Wing 2013- 66 63 3 90 14
9 Alfonso Cardoso Centre 1995-2003 38 35 3 67 13
10 Federico Favaro Wing 2013- 38 29 9 200 11
Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 97 62 35 55 11

Last updated: Italy vs Uruguay, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most pointsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Felipe Berchesi Fly-half 2011- 39 337 2 48 76 1
2 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 272 14 36 44 1
3 Juan Menchaca Fullback 1998-2007 39 254 6 28 51 5
4 Jerónimo Etcheverry Fly-half 2008-2016 45 213 8 37 30 3
5 Mathias Arocena Fly-half 2005-2014 36 204 8 25 37 1
6 Federico Favaro Wing 2013- 37 200 11 38 23 0
7 Marcelo Nicola Fly-half 1989-1995 22 178 10 36 20 0
8 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1973-1985 27 157 8 19 29 0
9 Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half 2011- 52 152 7 21 25 0
10 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 151 33 0 0 0

Last updated: Italy vs Uruguay, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captainEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2016-2019 40 27 13 0 67.50 20 4
2 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1985-1999 36 20 16 0 55.55 109 23
3 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1975–1985 20 12 6 2 65.00 120 7
4 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 2002-2003 16 6 10 0 37.50 21 1
5 Nicolás Klappenbach Hooker 2005-2015 15 8 7 0 53.33 0 0

Last updated: Italy vs Uruguay, 20 November 2021. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Richards, p54, Chapter 2 Practising the Games of the Anglo-Saxon...
  2. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015" Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Uruguay shock Fiji in World Cup thriller to pull off historic victory". Guardian. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Uruguay pull off massive shock with World Cup win over Fiji". The 42. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Rugby: Nightclub files criminal complaint against Uruguay players". Kyodo News. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 29 November 2021.
  7. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  8. ^ Uruguay`s squad for the 2021 End of Year Internationals
  9. ^ Sanguinetti and Manuel Alonso join Uruguay squad

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