Saturday, October 9, 2010

The UAR announce that Argentina offically has more than 50,000 players

As of September 30, 2010 Argentina has a confirmed total number of registered players of more than 50,000. Argentina´s governing rugby body, the UAR announced this week that the country officially has 50,411 players. This represents the highest ever number of players since 1996 when the UAR began to officially register players. The passion and the pride of Los Pumas and their success in claiming the bronze medal at Rugby World Cup 2007 has clearly had an enourmous impact on rugby in Argentina as the UAR report that player numbers have gone up by an amazing 25 percent since 2007.

Since France 2007 the number of children playing rugby has been increasing constantly. Under 15 playing numbers has reached 13.01% up from 12.33% in 1999 and the percentage of players aged 15-19 rose from 52.22% to 53.23% meaning that Argentina is not only getting more players but they are starting to play younger.

This growth has taken place without Argentina having professional rugby or having the national team involved in a regular competition of any kind. Now that Argentina have secured a place in the expanded Tri-Nations, starting in 2012, further growth is not only possible but guaranteed. The sport is set to reach levels that were unimaginable a generation ago. The opportunity for Argentina to host Rugby World Cup 2023 has certainly been made more than possible and with the sport becoming increasingly important in the country it seems not only a good choice but highly appropriate and logical.

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