Uruguay national rugby union team

The Uruguay national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Uruguay) represents Uruguay in men's international rugby union nicknamed Los Teros, is governed by the Unión de Rugby del Uruguay. One of the older test sides in the world, Uruguay has qualified four times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003, 2015 and most recently 2019. As of 10 June 2019 they are ranked 17th in the world, and are ranked 3rd in the Americas region, behind rivals Argentina and the United States.

Uruguay
Nickname(s)Los Teros
EmblemSouthern lapwing
UnionUruguayan Rugby Union
Head coachEsteban Meneses
CaptainAndrés Vilaseca
Most capsDiego Magno (97)
Top scorerFelipe Berchesi (337)
Top try scorerDiego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadiumEstadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current17 (as of 8 November 2021)
Highest14 (2005)
Lowest23 (2012)
First international
Uruguay 3–21 Chile 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 August 1948)
Biggest win
Uruguay 102–6 Paraguay 
(Puerto Iguazú, Argentina; 15 May 2011)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 134–3 Uruguay
(East London, South Africa; 11 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances4 (First in 1999)
Best resultPool stage (1999, 2003, 2015, 2019)
Websitewww.uru.org.uy

Uruguay has consistently been one of the better fringe international sides in rugby union, having consistently beaten Tier 2/3 competition from across the globe. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time (pre-2014) that a team other than Argentina won the tournament. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As of 2012, Uruguay has been classified as a Tier 2 nation, which allows them to receive more funding from World Rugby.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people. Estadio Domingo Burgueño has also been used for some fixtures in the Americas Rugby Championship.

The nickname Los Teros refers to the national bird of Uruguay, the southern lapwing.


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