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Colombia
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Tucanes
UnionColombian Rugby Federation
Head coachLuis Pedro Achard
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current37 (as of 16 January 2023)
Highest33 (2021)
First international
 Mexico 46 - 10 Colombia 
(1996-01-08)
Biggest win
 Ecuador 0–112 Colombia 
(Quito, Ecuador; 31 August 2014)
Biggest defeat
 Colombia 3-79  Argentina XV
(2019-05-11)
Biggest defeat by full international
 Brazil 74 - 0 Colombia 
(2004-10-13)

The Colombia national rugby union team (Spanish: selección de rugby de Colombia) is classified as a tier three nation by World Rugby. They have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have participated in qualifying tournaments. Colombia made their debut against Mexico in 1996. In 2018, the Colombians won their first significant international honour, winning the inaugural Americas Rugby Challenge, the 'B' championship to the Americas Rugby Championship.

The national side is ranked 33rd in the world (as of 20 March 2021).[1]

History

Main article: Rugby union in Colombia

Colombia attempted to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, participating in the Americas qualifying tournaments during November 2001. They contested matches in the Round 1 (South) group, against nations including Brazil, Venezuela and Peru in Round 1.

Colombia was involved in qualifying for the World Cup (France 2007) in 2004 when they contested Round 1b (CONSUR 2nd division). They finished fourth in the final standings which knocked them out of contention, though their fixtures against Peru and Venezuela were close, losing 15-10 and 27-31 respectively.

Rugby has little support by the government or media, as football (soccer) has a stronger tradition in the country. The Colombian rugby team is called Los Tucanes.

The team has competed in the B Division of the South American Rugby Championship since its second edition in 2001. It won the competition in 2009, and again, three times in a row in 2014, 2015 and 2016. However, there is no direct promotion to the A Division; to win promotion it must beat the lowest-place team in the A Division in a playoff.[2]

In an attempt to qualify for the 2019 edition of the Rugby World Cup, Colombia showed some progress. Colombia easily beat Ecuador 75-5 then went on to defeat Peru 41-14 and Venezuela 35-10 progressing the team to the next round. This involved Colombia playing Mexico in a Pan-American qualifier, which Colombia won 29-11. Colombia's final qualifying match was played against Paraguay who had come in last place in 2015 South American championship Division A. This was the end of the road for Colombia as they gallantly lost this match 39-27.

After winning Sudamericano B three times in a row (Apartadó 2014, Lima 2015 and Lima 2016), Sudamérica Rugby promoted Colombia to the top tier of South America, alongside Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Paraguay, to start in 2018. The competition changed its format, and a South American Six Nations was played in May 2018. This tournament included the Top 5 teams of South America and Argentina XV. Colombia will have another important competition each year, and it will be Americas Rugby Championship B. This new competition will be structured as the second tier competition of the Americas, after Americas Rugby Championship. Paraguay, Colombia, Mexico and Trinidad and Tobago will play it on a yearly basis. The possibility of promotion and relegation between tiers is under study.

Luis Pedro Achard was appointed to oversee the men's and women's national teams in 2024.[3]

World Cup record

Current squad

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The following squad was selected to play the 2015 South American Rugby Championship repechage against Brazil.[4]

Head Coach: Raul Vesga

Coaches

Name Years
Raul Vesga ?–2023
Luis Pedro Achard 2024–

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2019-08-18. Retrieved 2019-07-30.((cite web)): CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Colombia, tri-campeón del Mayor B". Sudamerica Rugby. 8 October 2016. Archived from the original on 13 October 2018. Retrieved 28 October 2016.
  3. ^ "Colombia enters new era with Luis Pedro Achard". www.world.rugby. 2024-01-05. Retrieved 2024-01-06.
  4. ^ 2015 South American Championship