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The Uruguay national rugby union team, 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 June 10th 2019 they are ranked 17th in the world, and are ranked 3rd in the Americas region, behind rivals Argentina and the United States.

Uruguay
Nickname(s)Los Teros
EmblemSouthern lapwing
UnionUruguayan Rugby Union
Head coachEsteban Meneses
CaptainJuan Manuel Gaminara
Most capsDiego Magno (90)
Top scorerFelipe Berchesi (270)
Top try scorerDiego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadiumEstadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current17 (as of 10 Jun 2019)
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
Appearances3 (First in 1999)
Best resultPool stage, 1999, 2003 and 2015
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.

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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 return 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 Brazil in a close game (11–8), losing then 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 February 3, 2018, Los Teros qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup as Americas 2 after beating Canada in the home-away leg.

RecordEdit

Overall recordEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 19 August 2019[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1  1   Wales 089.43
2  1   New Zealand 089.40
3     Ireland 088.69
4  1   South Africa 086.83
5  1   England 086.79
6     Australia 084.05
7  1   France 080.58
8  1   Scotland 079.01
9     Japan 077.21
10     Fiji 076.98
11     Argentina 076.29
12     Georgia 074.42
13     Italy 072.04
14     United States 071.93
15     Tonga 071.49
16     Samoa 069.08
17     Spain 068.15
18     Romania 066.69
19     Uruguay 065.18
20     Russia 064.81
21     Canada 061.36
22     Portugal 061.33
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Hong Kong 059.64
25     Netherlands 058.46
26     Brazil 057.84
27     Belgium 057.35
28     Germany 054.96
29     Chile 054.56
30      Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
 
Source: World Rugby - Graph updated to 7 January 2019[3]

Up until the 4 December 2012, Uruguay has won 81 of their 175 matches played, a win percentage of 46.29%.[4]

Uruguay has lost all official matches versus Argentina, but has a positive record versus their other South American rivals: Chile (25 wins, 13 losses, 1 draw), Paraguay (20 wins, 1 draw) and Brazil (16 wins, 3 losses).

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

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Uruguay national XV at test level up until 20 August 2019.[5]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
  Argentina 42 0 42 0 0.00% 434 1744 −1310
  Argentina XV 12 3 9 0 40.00% 174 505 −331
  Argentina Jaguars 2 0 2 0 0.00% 40 1010 −61
  Australia 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 65 −62
  Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
  Brazil 27 25 2 0 92.59% 962 201 +671
  Canada 13 5 8 0 33.33% 232 370 −141
  Chile 52 40 11 1 77.88% 1281 789 +493
  Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
  Emerging Italy 4 2 2 0 50.00% 90 89 +1
  England 2 0 2 0 0.00% 16 171 −155
  Fiji 3 0 3 0 0.00% 46 154 −108
  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 5 2 3 0 40.00% 72 85 −13
  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
  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 0.00% 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 12 6 6 0 50.00% 232 197 +35
  United States 19 3 15 1 18.42% 317 591 −274
  Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
  Wales 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 54 −45
Total 284 135 145 4 47.54% 6453 7226 −773

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 Qualified 8 8 0 0 318 160
Total 3/6 11 2 0 9 128 578 46 30 2 14 1252 913

Current squadEdit

On 3 July, Uruguay named a 34-man preliminary squad ahead of the 2019 Rugby World Cup.[6]

Head Coach:   Esteban Meneses

  • Caps updated: 20 August 2019
Player Position Date of birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Facundo Gattas Hooker (1995-07-02) 2 July 1995 (age 24) 30   Hindú
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 25) 49   Los Cuervos
Guillermo Pujadas Hooker (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 22) 9   Champagnat
Diego Arbelo Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 27) 5   MVCC
Juan Echeverriá Prop (1991-10-09) 9 October 1991 (age 27) 51   Austin Elite
Joaquín Jaunsolo Prop (1998-09-12) 12 September 1998 (age 20) 1   Los Cuervos
Juan Rombys Prop (1987-03-05) 5 March 1987 (age 32) 30   Trébol de Paysandú
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 27) 63   Houston SaberCats
Ignacio Dotti Lock (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 25) 36   New Orleans Gold
Manuel Leindekar Lock (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 22) 14   Oyonnax
Diego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 30) 90   Houston SaberCats
Gonzalo Soto Mera Lock (1995-02-10) 10 February 1995 (age 24) 24   Carrasco Polo
Manuel Diana Back row (1996-03-04) 4 March 1996 (age 23) 22   Toronto Arrows
Santiago Civetta Back row (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 21) 5   Old Boys
Franco Lamanna Back row (1991-10-05) 5 October 1991 (age 27) 44   Darlington Mowden Park
Manuel Ardao Back row (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 20) 4   Old Christians
Juan Manuel Gaminara (c) Back row (1989-05-01) 1 May 1989 (age 30) 67   Old Boys
Alejandro Nieto Back row (1988-01-07) 7 January 1988 (age 31) 70   Houston SaberCats
Juan Diego Ormaechea Back row (1989-01-28) 28 January 1989 (age 30) 31   Carrasco Polo
Leandro Segredo Back row (1995-06-05) 5 June 1995 (age 24) 9   Old Christians
Santiago Arata Scrum-half (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 22) 39   Houston SaberCats
Tomás Inciarte Scrum-half (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 22) 14   Old Christians
Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half (1991-03-08) 8 March 1991 (age 28) 45   Stade Montois
Felipe Berchesi Fly-half (1991-04-12) 12 April 1991 (age 28) 32   Dax
Juan Manuel Cat Fly-half (1996-09-06) 6 September 1996 (age 22) 31   Old Boys
Agustín Della Corte Centre (1997-09-11) 11 September 1997 (age 21) 8   Trébol de Paysandú
Nicolás Freitas Centre (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 26) 34   Carrasco Polo
Andrés Vilaseca Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 28) 55   Austin Elite
Federico Favaro Wing (1991-05-19) 19 May 1991 (age 28) 30   Old Christians
Ignacio García Wing (1995-09-15) 15 September 1995 (age 23) 2   Pucaru Stade Gaulois
Leandro Leivas Wing (1988-07-06) 6 July 1988 (age 31) 74   Toronto Arrows
Rodrigo Silva Wing (1992-11-02) 2 November 1992 (age 26) 57   Austin Elite
Felipe Echeverry Fullback (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 23) 2   Carrasco Polo
Gastón Mieres Fullback (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 29) 67   Toronto Arrows

Individual all-time recordsEdit

Most matchesEdit

# Player Pos Tenure Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Won Lost Draw %
1 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 90 61 29 55 11 45 43 2 51.11
2 Mario Sagario Prop 2006-2019 76 53 23 5 1 32 42 2 43.42
3 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008- 74 62 12 120 24 32 40 2 44.59
4 Alejandro Nieto Number 8 2012- 70 61 9 35 7 40 29 1 57.85
5 Carlos Arboleya Hooker 2004- 67 39 28 25 5 29 37 1 44.02
Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2010- 67 63 4 35 7 33 32 2 50.74
Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 67 57 10 65 13 37 28 2 56.71
Rodrigo Sanchez Prop 1996-2009 67 58 9 25 5 26 41 0 38.80
9 Mateo Sanguinetti Prop 2014- 63 50 13 20 4 34 29 0 53.96
10 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 1992-2007 58 58 0 115 7 23 35 0 39.65

Last updated: Uruguay vs Spain, 22 June 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

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- 74 62 12 120 24
3 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 38 2 272 14
4 Santiago Arata Scrum-half 2016- 39 24 15 65 13
Alfonso Cardoso Centre 1995-2003 38 35 3 67 13
German Kessler Hooker 2015- 49 34 15 65 13
Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 67 57 10 65 13
Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012- 57 52 5 84 13
9 Andres Vilaseca Wing 2013- 55 52 3 80 12
10 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 90 61 29 55 11

Last updated: Uruguay vs Spain, 22 June 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

Most pointsEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Felipe Berchesi Fly-half 2011- 32 287 2 38 66 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- 45 213 8 37 30 3
5 Mathias Arocena Fly-half 2005-2014 36 204 8 25 37 1
6 Marcelo Nicola Fly-half 1989-1995 22 178 10 36 20 0
7 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1973-1985 26 153 7 19 29 0
8 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 151 33 0 0 0
9 Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half 2011- 45 150 7 20 25 0
10 Federico Favaro Wing 2013- 30 145 10 31 11 0

Last updated: Uruguay vs Spain, 22 June 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

Most matches as captainEdit

# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2016- 37 26 11 0 70.27 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 15 8 7 53.33 0 0

Last updated: Uruguay vs Spain, 22 June 2019. Statistics include officially capped matches only.[7]

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. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 6 August 2019.
  4. ^ "Statistics for Men's International Rugby Union — Uruguay". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 4 December 2012.
  5. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  6. ^ URUGUAY TO ENTER FINAL PREPARATIONS ON THE ROAD TO JAPAN
  7. ^ a b c d ESPN scrum http://stats.espnscrum.com/scrum/rugby/records/player/most_points.html?id=29;type=team. Missing or empty |title= (help)

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