Saturday, April 23, 2011

Guatemala Rugby looking to enter CONSUR

Bringing Rugby World Cup 2023 to the Americas for the first time ever continues to gain new reasons with the news that the sport´s expansion in the Americas is continuing to break new ground. In 2010 both Bolivia and Ecuador announced plans to enter South America´s rugby governing body, the Confederación Sur Americana de Rugby (CONSUR) and now Guatemala is also looking to get on board. Rugby has existed in Guatemala since 2006 and the national team played its first match in 2007 in the first ever Central American Rugby Cup, involving Costa Rica amd Panamá. Interestingly, the sport was intriduced to Guatemala not by locals after a visit to Cuba,  a country in which rugby is small but nonetheless is practised.

Despite being situated in North America, Guatemala is looking to be a part of CONSUR. This follows the move of Costa Rica which is a member of CONSUR rather than the North America Caribbean Rugby Association (NACRA) organization. Costa Rica is officially afiliated as a CONSUR member and has already participated in the South American B Championship on three occassions. Rugby is also an official sport in the central American countries of Panama and El Salvador, both of which have international teams. El Salvador has only one rugby club which is known as Los Torogoces and competes in the Guatemalan Rugby Championship. Further North, Guatemala´s northern neighbour, Mexico, is a part of NACRA and is afiliated with the IRB. Guyana which is a South American country is part of NACRA as it happens to be a Caribbean country with very close ties to the members from the West Indies such as the Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, and Trinidad and Tobago.


Founded in 2007, the Associación Guatemalteca de Rugby (Guatemala Rugby Associaion or AGR) began talks with CONSUR to become a member of the organization. CONSUR´s president, Ricardo Paganini responded by offereing support to the AGR to assist in the growth of rugby in Guatemala. In addition to entering CONSUR, the AGR also has plans to be a part of Guatemalan sporting organizations such as the country´sd Olympic committee and automoous sporting confederation.

With Thanks: www.rugbytime.com

5 comments:

  1. The video embeded in this article is about the first game of the 2011 season, where Guatemala Quetzal Rugby Club played against Torogoces A, a team from El Salvador, the title of the video refers to another club, Guatemala Rugby Club, not Guatemala Quetzal Rugby Club.

    Anyway, thank you for posting this article and help to spread the word about Rugby in Guatemala.

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  2. Hola Otto,

    If you have more videos let me know. I put this one up as it was the best I found. Nice to show images of the sport in Guatemala!

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  3. Unfortunatelly we don't have many videos or videos with good quality, this is our Youtube Channel: http://www.youtube.com/user/quetzalrugby

    We do have pictures! lots of it: http://www.facebook.com/quetzalrugby?sk=photos

    Guatemala Quetzal Rugby Club is the current undefeated champion of the Guatemalan tournament.

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  4. Rugby, as a sport, is really expanding and becoming more popular all over the world. It's great news that it'll be introduced to North and South American countries! American football (which is very popular in United States) and Rugby are similar in some ways. It'll be easy for people to learn and welcome it as a sport.

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  5. hey there, this is one of the guatemalan rugby founders. www.guatemalarugby.com
    facebook fanpage:
    www.facebook.com/GuatemalaRugbyClub

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