Monday, December 15, 2014

International Rugby: Colombia defeat Mexico in intercontinental match

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The final test match of the year took place in Mexico City on Saturday as NACRA side Mexico played host to CONSUR side Colombia in a sanctioned international match. Colombia's 62-24 win featured an impressive ten tries as the South American B Champions demonstrated how much progress has been made in such a short period of time. The previous match between the countries took place in 1996 with the teams competing to a 10-10 draw. 

The Federación Colombiana de Rugby (FRC) was established in 2010 and has experienced rapid growth as South America's most populated Spanish-speaking country was confirmed as officially having more than 11,500 people playing rugby in March of this year.

On-field growth matched that of increased numbers as Colombia won the 2014 CONSUR B championship. Played in Colombia the home side was undefeated having defeated Ecuador 112-0, Peru 56-6 and Venezuela 27-10 in September. Earlier in 2014 back-rower Gil Mejia had been included in the South American XV squad that played a friendly against Argentina in May.

As a result of the match against Mexico there have been changes to the World Rugby World Rankings for both countries. Colombia moved up to 50th from 57th position while Mexico dropped from 60th to 66th. The new rankings place Colombia at an all-time high since the rankings were introduced in 2003.

Colombia is the top ranked CONSUR B nation and ranked sixth overall behind Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil and Paraguay. Mexico is the seventh ranked NACRA member with the USA, Canada, Trinidad and Tobago, Guyana, the Cayman Islands and Bermuda being ranked higher.

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