Ecuador national rugby league team

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The Ecuador national rugby league team (Spanish: rugby league equipo nacional de Ecuador) represents Ecuador in rugby league. They made their debut at the first ever Latino Sevens on 17th October 2015 against Peru.[1]

Badge of Ecuador team
Nickname -
Governing body Asia-Pacific Rugby League Confederation
Region -
Head coach Gabe Keegan
Captain Jeff Lopez & Rodney Garcia
Most caps -
Top try-scorer John Vasco (2 tries)
Top point-scorer John Vasco (8 points)
RLIF ranking N/Ath
First international
vs Peru (Latino Rugby League Sevens)
Biggest win
vs Colombia (Ecuador 18 d Colombia 8)
Biggest defeat
vs Peru (Peru 28 d Ecuador 0)
World Cup
Appearances - (first time in -)
Best result -


The sport of rugby league is at its inception and earliest stage of growth in Ecuador. However efforts are being put in place to increase the exposure and participation of rugby league in Central and South America through the Latin Heat Rugby League.

In April 2015, Latin Heat volunteer and ambassador Matthew Brown created a Facebook page called "Ecuador Rugby XIII" to help create interest in starting Rugby League in Ecuador. He also lived in the country for 6 months.

While there, he helped create a partnership between Touch Rugby Ecuador and Ecuador Rugby XIII. Touch Rugby Ecuador is an organisation (mainly made up of expats from Rugby nations) living in Quito, Ecuador and play social games of Touch Rugby ever Saturday at Carolina Park. The basic idea behind the two working together was that because Rugby in general is quite small in Ecuador, the two organisations would work together to encourage native Ecuadorians to try both forms of Rugby.

Later, Matthew also found an interested individual (named Fenrir Rodriguez) who was interested in helping start the sport up. After meeting up for over an hour, Ecuador Rugby XIII finally had a dedicated individual who wanted to start the sport of Rugby League in the Republic of Ecuador.

In October 2015, The Latin Heat were able to recruit enough Ecuadorian players to establish the nation's first ever rugby league team. On Saturday 17 October, the newly established Ecuadorian rugby league team competed in its first international competition - The Latino Rugby League Sevens.[2] The tournament took place at New Era Stadium, Cabramatta.

Although Rugby League is still trying to get started in Ecuador domestically, other Latin nations such as Mexico, Brazil and Argentina already play the sport. Along with other efforts to start the game up in countries such as El Salvador, Haiti, Colombia, Uruguay, Chile and Peru, it is hoped that Ecuador can learn from their neighbours and receive support while attempting to further the game on home soil.

Inaugural Team 2015

The following is the Ecuadorian teamed named for the 2015 Latino Sevens. [3]

Scott Correa,

Rodney Garcia (Co-Captain),

Andres Garzon,

Frank Jacome,

Sebastian Jacome,

Jeff Lopez (Co-Captain),

Dahcell Ramos-Malo,

Geovanny Sanchez,

Sandro Sanchez,

Roberto Tacuri,

Juan Torres,

Johnny Vasco


Latino Rugby League Sevens Tournament, New Era Stadium (17/10/2015)

Peru vs Ecuador

Peru 28 (Jacob Parker 2, James Goncalves 2, Aaron Perez tries; J Goncalves 2, J Parker, A Perez goals) defeat Ecuador 0. Halftime score: Peru 16-0.

Official Rankings as of December 2015[4]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 897.00
2  Australia 719.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6 Increase  Ireland 162.00
7 Decrease  Fiji 147.00
8 Increase  Wales 132.00
9 Decrease  Scotland 121.00
10 Steady  United States 102.00
11 Increase  Serbia 72.00
12 Steady  Italy 65.00
13  Canada 62.00
14 Decrease  Papua New Guinea 60.00
15 Increase  Russia 46.00
16 Decrease  Tonga 40.00
17 Increase  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Steady  Germany 28.00
20  Lebanon 27.00
21 Increase  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Cook Islands 23.00
23  Ukraine 22.00
24 Steady  Greece 21.00
25 Increase  Denmark 20.00
26 Decrease  Norway 19.00
27 Increase  Jamaica 16.00
28 Decrease  Netherlands 15.00
29 Decrease  Sweden 15.00
30 Steady  Czech Republic 14.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 13.00
32 Steady  Niue 4.00
33  Hungary 2.00
34  Latvia 2.00
35  Morocco 0.00

Ecuador vs Colombia

Ecuador 18 (Johnny Vasco 2, Sebastian Jacome, Roberto Tacuri tries; Rodney Garcia goal) defeat Colombia 8 (Sebastian Maya Jimenez, Andres Marino Silva tries). Halftime score: 4-4.