Pampas XV
Pampas XV logo.png
Full namePampas XV
UnionArgentine Rugby Union
Founded2010; 13 years ago (2010)
RegionArgentina
Ground(s)CASI (Capacity: 5,000)
Coach(es)Ignacio Fernández Lobbe
Captain(s)TBA
League(s)Super Rugby Americas

Pampas XV is an Argentine professional rugby union team that currently competes in Super Rugby Americas.[1]

In the past it participated in the South African second domestic competition, the Vodacom Cup between 2010 and 2013.[2] The team was established in 2010 and was composed almost entirely by members of the High Performance Plan of the UAR. It was an unofficial third national team, below the Senior squad (Los Pumas) and Argentina XV,[3] although it has been described as the second team as well.[4]

From 2010 to 2015, Pampas XV won one Vodacom Cup and two Pacific Rugby Cup titles. In 2023, the franchise will return to field making their debut at Super Rugby Americas in replacement of Jaguares.[5]

History

The team played in the Southern Section of the Vodacom Cup. In 2010, these teams had to play against other teams in the Southern Section, so the Pampas XV were based in the Stellenbosch area. Their first season was average though, winning 3 matches and losing as many whilst drawing one match. They finished fifth in their conference and failed to qualify for the knockout rounds. However, in 2011 all the teams in the Southern Section had to play against teams in the Northern Section, so they relocated to Olën Park, Potchefstroom.

The first title for Pampas XV came in 2011 when the team won the Vodacom Cup beating Blue Bulls at the final. The squad also went through the season undefeated, passing 40 points in 5 of their 11 matches. Juan Imhoff finished the season as the tournament's top try scorer. That achievement was also the first title won by an Argentine team in a professional competition.[6]

During the 2012 and 2013 competitions, the Pampas XV played at the A.F. Markötter Stadium at Paul Roos Gymnasium in Stellenbosch.

In November 2013, Pampas XV withdrew from the Vodacom Cup thus not competing in the 2014 edition of the competition due to financial considerations.[7] However, in December 2013, it was announced that the Argentine third team would join the Pacific Rugby Cup, where they would face the likes of Fiji Warriors, Samoa A, Tonga A, Junior Japan plus Australian Super Rugby Academy Teams.[8]

The year of their debut in the Pacific Rugby Cup, Pampas XV crowned champions of the tournament when they defeated local team Reds A by 36–21 in Sydney.[9]

The second title for the Pampas XV came in 2015, when they won their second Pacific Cup consecutive title, defeating Fiji Warriors by 17–9. The squad also finished the tournament unbeaten.[10] That same year, the team was dissolved until his reconstitution in 2022 in order to participate at new Super Rugby Americas from 2023.[11]

In 2022, it was announced that Pampas XV will be the second Argentine franchise (along with Dogos XV) at Super Rugby Americas championship, replacing Jaguares. Therefore Pampas would made their debut at the competition in the 2023 season.[1]

Current squad

The Pampas XV squad for the 2023 Super Rugby Americas season is:[12]

Note: Flags indicate national union as has been defined under WR eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-WR nationality.

Player Position Union
Ramiro Gurovich Hooker Argentina Argentina
Valentino Minoyetti Hooker Argentina Argentina
Rodrigo Pérez Boulan Hooker Argentina Argentina
Javier Coronel Prop Argentina Argentina
Javier Corvalán Prop Argentina Argentina
Rodrigo Martínez Prop Argentina Argentina
Matías Medrano Prop Argentina Argentina
Miguel Prince Prop Argentina Argentina
Martín Villar Prop Argentina Argentina
Renzo Zanella Prop Argentina Argentina
Manuel Bernstein Lock Argentina Argentina
Franco Carrera Lock Argentina Argentina
Lorenzo Colidio Lock Argentina Argentina
Rodrigo Fernández Criado Lock Argentina Argentina
Eliseo Fourcade Lock Argentina Argentina
Federico Lavanini Lock Argentina Argentina
Jerónimo Ureta Lock Argentina Argentina
Felipe Bares Back row Argentina Argentina
Eliseo Chiavassa Back row Argentina Argentina
Nicolás D’Amorim Back row Argentina Argentina
Benjamín Grondona Back row Argentina Argentina
Santiago Ruiz Back row Argentina Argentina
Player Position Union
Mateo Albanese Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Tomás Di Biase Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Rafael Iriarte Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Eliseo Morales Scrum-half Argentina Argentina
Joaquín de la Vega Mendía Fly-half Argentina Argentina
Joaquín Lamas Fly-half Argentina Argentina
Tomás Suárez Folch Fly-half Argentina Argentina
Manuel Alfaro Centre Argentina Argentina
Juan Pablo Castro Centre Argentina Argentina
Felipe de la Vega Centre Argentina Argentina
Santiago Castro Wing Argentina Argentina
Iñaki Delguy Wing Argentina Argentina
Ignacio Lucero Wing Argentina Argentina
Mateo Pannochia Wing Argentina Argentina
Tomás Passaro Wing Argentina Argentina
Jerónimo Ulloa Wing Argentina Argentina
Benjamín Elizalde Fullback Argentina Argentina
Juan Ignacio Landó Fullback Argentina Argentina

Honours

References

  1. ^ a b La Super Rugby Américas tendría a Pampas XV y Dogos XV at Cordobaxv.com.ar, 22 Dec 2022
  2. ^ "Equipos UAR / Pampas XV". uar.com.ar. Archived from the original on 24 September 2011. Retrieved 23 September 2011.
  3. ^ "Pampas XV, el equipo nacional que nos representa en un torneo sudáfricano" (in Spanish). 26 Noticias. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  4. ^ Astesiano, Eugenio. "Frutos del Plan" (in Spanish). Rugby News. Archived from the original on 29 April 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  5. ^ A PRESELECCIÓN DE PAMPAS PARA EL SÚPER RUGBY AMÉRICAS at UAR, 29 Dec 2022
  6. ^ Los Pampas XV, campeones de la Vodacom Cup on La Voz, 13 May 2011
  7. ^ "Pampas out of Vodacom Cup". Sport24. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 19 November 2013.
  8. ^ "Plantel de Seniors para la temporada 2014". UAR.com. 27 December 2013. Archived from the original on 28 December 2013. Retrieved 27 December 2013.
  9. ^ Los Pampas XV son los campeones invictos de la Pacific Rugby Cup by Alejo Miranda, La Nación, 24 Mar 2014
  10. ^ La última prueba antes del gran salto: Los Pampas XV, bicampeones de la Pacific Challenge by Juan M. Trenado, La Nación, 28 April 2015
  11. ^ "Super Rugby Americas to launch without Pride or Jaguares". Americas Rugby News. 22 December 2022. Retrieved 22 December 2022.
  12. ^ "Pampas add Pumas prop Rodrigo Martínez for Super Rugby Americas". Americas Rugby News. 17 January 2023. Retrieved 22 January 2023.