Friday, May 13, 2011

Chile Squad named for 2011 South American Rugby Championship

Chile have finalized a squad of 26 players for the 2011 South American Rugby Championship which starts tommorrow in Puerto Iguazu, Argentina. The squad includes three players based outside of Chile - in France, New Zealand and Spain and twenty three Chilean based players from various parts of the country. Two of the squads players are 19 year olds with Manuel Dagnino and Simon Pardakhty who having come through age group rugby with flying colors. Los Condores are entering the tournament targetting a successul campaign of wins vs each of Brazil, Paraguay and Uruguay. Chile, based on last years results, will advance to the second round of the CONSUR tournament regardless of results in this years event. Chile will thus take on the Argentina Jaguares in the championship round with the best placed side of Chile, Uruguay and the Jaguares being crowned champions.

Chile hosted the 2010 South American Rugby Championship in Santiago and performed well in defeating Paraguay 42-6 and Brazil 31-8 but were overpowered 46-19 by Uruguay and 33-9 by the Argentina Jaguares. Should Chile succeed in defeating Uruguay in this years event Los Condores will rise on the IRB World Rankings.

Chile's Match Schedule

May 14 Chile vs Brazil
May 17 Chile vs Paraguay
May 20 Chile vs Uruguay
May 22 Chile vs Argentina Jaguares

Chile Squad

Venegas, Nicolás (Stade Français)
Orellana, Guillermo (U. Antofagasta)
Del Solar, Sebastián (Old Boys)
Rios, Alejandro (U.Católica)
De la Fuente, Sergio Alcobendas (Alcobendas, Spain)
Deformes, Francisco (Old Mackayans)
Huete, Pablo (Burnside, New Zealand)
Pellerano, Rolando (Viña RC)
Cabrera, Matías (Old Boys)
Silva, Ignacio (Stade Français)
Tobar, Rodrigo (Old Johns)
Suazo, Germán (Stade Français)
Pardakhty, Simón (PWCC)
Dagnino, Manuel (Old Mackayans)
Cornejo, Aldo (Viña RC)
Perrota, Juan Pablo (U.Católica)
Menichetti, Atilio (COBS)
Cruz, Francisco (Old Mackayans)
Omegna, Benjamín (Old Mackayans)
Herrera, Germán (Viña RC)
Tapia, Alvaro (Troncos)
González, Francisco (Sporting)
Brangier, Felipe (PWCC)
Metuaze, Pablo, (Viña RC)
Valderrama, Javier (Old Mackayans)
De la Fuente, Francisco (Auch, France)

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