Thursday, June 5, 2014

CONSUR: IRB Approval for Artifical Turf Field in Colombia

The IRB has approved the use of field turf at the Estadio Municipal Santiago Santacruz Rambay in the city of Apartado in Antioquia, Colombia. The global authority of the sport of rugby confirmed that the venue is compliant to IRB Regulation 22 for the period of April 2014-April 2016. It will however not be able to play host to international matches. 

Colombia has been receiving strong support from the IRB media with the sport's growing populrity having been covered by the IRB in recent years. The country has been allocated the hosting rights for the 2014 CONSUR B tournament which will see the senior mens test teams of Colombia, Peru, Venezuela and, newcomers, Ecuador all compete.

In March the Federación Colombiana de Rugby (FCR) reported that growth in playing numbers has seen the country now have more than 11,500 players. The 2013 competition was won by Paraguay who subsequently joined CONSUR A and finished second behind Uruguay after defeating Brazil ad narrowly losing against Chile. 

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