Monday, June 22, 2015

RWC 2023: SANZAR to back South African bid

The recent World Rugby hosted work shop welcomed potential bidders from Australia, France, Ireland, Italy, South Africa and the USA. The five were presented to media as being the possible host nations for Rugby World Cup 2023 with Argentina therefore not involved in the bidding process. 

The decision to not bid came despite Argentina's World Rugby representative Agustín Pichot having championed the option. It was, nonetheless, deemed to be a matter of timing and circumstances with Argentina's turn to host the Rugby World Cup having been postponed in favor of improving the house of Argentine rugby and supporting a friend. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Colombia Women Qualify for 2016 Olympic Games

Colombia’s women’s rugby team will play at the 2016 Olympic Games after winning the South American Qualification series this afternoon in Santa Fé, Argentina. The result is the biggest accomplishment in the history of rugby in the country. As a result the Colombian women's Rugby Sevens team join host nation Brazil in giving South America two competitors in the women's division of the 2016 Olympic Games. There is still a chance of another qualifying via repecharge. Both Argentina and Venezuela earned the right to compete in the global qualifying tournament by finishing second and third in Santa Fé. 

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Argentine Secure Olympic Qualification

The Argentine Rugby Sevens team completed an impressive Olympic Qualifying campaign this afternoon by winning the final match of the three-day tournament in Santa Fé, Argentina. In doing so Argentina joined hosts Brazil in being South America’s representatives at Rio de Janeiro 2016. Also qualified thus far are England (competing as Great Britain), Fiji, New Zealand and South Africa. Seven more countries will qualify to have a total of twelve competing for the Gold Medal at next year's Olympic Games. 

Friday, June 5, 2015

Olympic Games: South American Men's Qualifiers - Day One

The road to Rio de Janeiro 2016 involves seven South American countries fielding male teams at the currently qualifying competition in the Argentine city of Santa Fé. With only one automatic qualification spot on the line teams have everything to play for. Favorites Argentina performed strongly on day one while neighboring Uruguay also went through the day undefeated. Uruguay's opening match of day two against Chile will now go a long way to confirming the remainder of the competition. While only one team will earn a spot at the Olympic Games the runner-up and third placed finisher will both have a chance at qualifying via global repecharge. 

Olympic Games: South American Women's Qualifiers - Day One

The South American regional section of Olympic Games qualification got underway today with Santa Fé, Argentina playing host to a three-day men's and women's tournament. The competitors are fighting it out for the right to perform at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games. The Brazilian men's and women's teams are both pre-qualified and are to be joined by the top performers at Santa Fé this weekend. After one day of the women's division there is no clear favorite with a host of possibilities existing as only Uruguay and Colombia went undefeated. 

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Pro d2: Carcassonne sign Puma Nahuel Lobo

The professional future of Argentine front-rower Nahuel Lobo is set to continue in France. The 23 year old has agreed to terms to join second division side Carcassonne on a two year deal from his current club of Montpellier. The move comes at a time in which head coach Jake White is making changes to the player roster and sees Lobo's two year deal ended a year early. In remaining in France Lobo is ruling himself out of being selected for international duty. The UAR is to enforce a new selection policy following the completion of this year's Rugby World Cup. The change will see an end to selecting players based abroad as only those playing at home are to be considered for test match rugby in Argentine colors.  

Top 14: Benjamín Urdapilleta signs for Castres

The widely rumored move of Argentine international fly half Benjamín Urdaplleta from Oyonnax to Castres is now official. The ten time capped pivot has agreed to terms to join Castres Olympique on a two year deal. He makes the move to France's south west after having made history this season with Oyonnax by seeing the club qualify for the play-offs for the first time ever. In doing so Oyonnax will play in the 2015-2016 European Rugby Champions Cup. Castres, in contrast, will not be involved due to the club finishing outside of the top six. 

Introducing Americas Rugby News

Rugby is a sport that brings people together. Such values are at the forefront of recent progress throughout the Americas and beyond since Rugby World Cup 2007. Within the Americas cooperation is a alive and well with competitions such as the Americas Rugby Championship, the future Americas Six Nations and the USA's recent non-capped tour of Argentina and Uruguay. Such ventures provide the region with a promising future that could see not only Argentina hosting a Rugby World Cup but both the USA and Canada also having the opportunity to do so and both as solo hosts. The rugby media of the region is very much excited about the future and with this in mine I am honored and humbled to share with my readers the news that Americas Rugby News has been launched. The website is focused on covering everything from Canada in the North to Argentina in the South and everything in between.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

International Rugby: Uruguay v Fiji Warriors Match Highlights

Uruguay's second home non-capped international against Fiji took place on Sunday and the visitors made the South Americans pay for their mistakes as they completed a comprehensive victory. Played at the home of Uruguayan rugby, Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo the Fiji Warriors went out to a 34-3 lead at one point before Uruguay fought back to be fifteen points behind in the fourth quarter. The final score of 42-22 gives both teams a strong idea of what will be required of them when they meet again in October in a pool match in the World Cup. Uruguay is to regroup ahead of the upcoming World Rugby Tbilisi Cup taking place this month in Georgia.