The profile of rugby has been on the rise in Colombia in recent years. The sport continues to record growing player numbers and the Federación Colombiana de Rugby (FCR) has said that there are now more than 11,500 people involved in playing rugby in the country.
Last semester the FCR recorded growth to bring the total playing numbers in the country to 11,566. The figure was made possible due to 1,289 people becoming new rugby players in Colombia last semester according to official data collected in the most recent census.
The number is a combination of junior and senior level players. The total number of junior players in Colombia was 6,474 compared to 5,092 seniors. In other words there are more players involved at junior level than there are adults. This is in stark contrast to a number of other countries such as Brazil which has a difficult time at the junior level as most players begin after completing high school not before.
Colombia is ranked 60th in the IRB World Rankings. It has overtaken Venezuela in recent years and with paraguay now set to play in the CONSUR A tournament Colombia is set to be the leading nation in CONSUR B. It will be joined by Ecuador, Peru and Venezuela in the 2014 South American B Championship.