Chile national rugby union team

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Chile
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Union Chilean Rugby Federation
Nickname(s) Los Cóndores
Coach(es) Paul Healy
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Chile Chile 0 - 29 Argentina Argentina
(1936-09-18)
Largest win
Chile Chile 102 - 0 Paraguay Paraguay
(2003-05-03)
Largest defeat
Chile Chile 6 - 89 Argentina Argentina
(2009-05-20)

The Chile national rugby union team (nicknamed Los Cóndores, "The Condors") is a rugby union nation representing Chile. They first played in 1935 and have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. Rugby union in Chile is administered by the Chilean Rugby Federation.

History

Alternative jersey of the Chilean national team

Chile has been playing international rugby since the 1930s. Chile made their international rugby debut in 1936, against fellow South American nation, Argentina. However, Chile were defeated 29 points to nil by the Pumas. Although there was no qualifying tournament for the first World Cup, Chile would try and qualify for the third tournament, the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa. Chile lost a close game to Paraguay, but losses to Uruguay and then Argentina saw them knocked out of the qualifying tournament.

Chile competed in Round 2 of the Americas qualification tournament for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, and won both of their fixtures to finish at the top of the final standings to advance to Round 3. There Chile defeated Paraguay, but lost to Uruguay and were knocked out of contention. Chile started out in Round 3 of Americas qualifying for the 2003 Rugby World Cup, where they defeated both Paraguay and Brazil to advance to Round 4, winning two fixtures, but not qualifying for the World Cup.

Chile would then attempt to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. They started off in Round 2, and won both their fixtures against Brazil and Paraguay to advance to Round 3, where they met Argentina and Uruguay. Chile finished third and were knocked out of the qualifying tournament. However, their results proved them to be the third strongest team from South America, after Argentina and Uruguay.

Kit

The home kit consists of a red jersey and blue shorts adopted from the colors of the Chilean flag, and the away kit consists of a blue jersey and shorts. The crest features the logo of the Federación de Rugby de Chile. The current national team kit is manufacturer by Mitre Sports International.

Current squad

Chile's 26 man squad for 17 November match against Basque Selection and 21 November test match against Spain.[1]

Head Coach: Australia Paul Healy

  • Caps Updated: 12 November 2015

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Sebastián Parra Hooker (1995-09-05) 5 September 1995 (age 23) 0 Chile Universidad Católica
Felipe Burgos Hooker (1987-03-14) 14 March 1987 (age 32) 9 Chile Los Troncos
Claudio Zamorano Prop (1989-01-08) 8 January 1989 (age 30) 8 Chile Stade Francais
Iñaki Gurruchaga Prop (1995-10-31) 31 October 1995 (age 23) 0 Chile Old John's
Roberto Oyarzún Prop (1987-03-15) 15 March 1987 (age 32) 8 Chile Old Navy
Sergio de la Fuente Prop (1986-07-31) 31 July 1986 (age 32) 5 New Zealand Waipu Rugby
Felipe Bassaletti Lock (1984-12-13) 13 December 1984 (age 34) 5 Chile Los Troncos
Raimundo Piwonka Lock (1986-12-07) 7 December 1986 (age 32) 0 Chile PWCC
Matías Cabrera Lock (1987-10-31) 31 October 1987 (age 31) 5 Spain Complutense Cisneros
Hernán Amigo Flanker (1987-08-01) 1 August 1987 (age 31) 4 Chile Universidad Católica
Cristóbal Niedmann Flanker (1992-12-09) 9 December 1992 (age 26) 8 Chile PWCC
Javier Richard Flanker (1991-02-25) 25 February 1991 (age 28) 6 Chile COBS
Benjamín Soto Flanker (1987-08-26) 26 August 1987 (age 31) 14 Chile Stade Francais
Nikola Bursic Number 8 (1993-08-12) 12 August 1993 (age 25) 3 Chile COBS
Francisco de la Fuente Centre (1988-05-23) 23 May 1988 (age 30) 1 France Stade Bagnérais
Simón Pardakhty Centre (1991-06-05) 5 June 1991 (age 27) 4 France Stade Rodez
Leonardo Montoya Centre (1986-08-05) 5 August 1986 (age 32) 1 France Stade Rouennais
Franco Velarde Wing (1994-11-04) 4 November 1994 (age 24) 0 Chile Viña RC
Matías Contreras Wing (1994-12-28) 28 December 1994 (age 24) 4 Chile Alumni
Italo Zunino Wing (1992-06-16) 16 June 1992 (age 26) 0 Chile PWCC
Francisco Urroz Fullback (1993-09-07) 7 September 1993 (age 25) 3 Chile Old Reds

Rugby World Cup record

  • 1987 - Not Invited
  • 1991 - Did not enter
  • 1995 - 2015 Did not qualify

South American Rugby Championship record

  • 1951 - Runners-up
  • 1958 - Runners-up
  • 1961 - Runners-up
  • 1964 - Fourth place
  • 1967 - Runners-up
  • 1969 - Runners-up
  • 1971 - Runners-up
  • 1973 - Third place
  • 1975 - Runners-up
  • 1977 - Third place
  • 1979 - Runners-up
  • 1981 - Runners-up
  • 1983 - Third place
  • 1985 - Third place
  • 1987 - Third place
  • 1989 - Third place
  • 1991 - Third place
  • 1993 - Fourth place
  • 1995 - Third place
  • 1997 - Third place
  • 1998 - Third place
  • 2000 - Third place
  • 2001 - Third place
  • 2002 - Third place
  • 2003 - Third place
  • 2004 - Third place
  • 2005 - Third place
  • 2006 - Third place
  • 2007 - Third place
  • 2008 - Third place
  • 2009 - Third place
  • 2010 - Third place
  • 2011 - Runners-up
  • 2012 - Third place

Notable players

See also

External links

References

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