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Rugby In Argentina

The Argentina national rugby team, nicknamed los Pumas, is currently the top rugby union team in the Americas. The team, which plays in sky blue and white jerseys, is organised by the Argentine Rugby Union. Argentina is currently the only International Rugby Board tier one classed nation that has no regular competition, such as the Six Nations and the Tri Nations.

Argentina Team

Argentina played its first rugby match in 1910 against a touring British Isles team. It is today considered one of the top rugby nations in the world, and has thus far competed at every Rugby World Cup staged since 1987. The Pumas current captain is Agustín Pichot, and the current head coach is Marcelo Loffreda.

Los Pumas play in a hooped shirt in the country's flag colours of sky blue and white with sky blue sleeves, white shorts, and hooped socks in sky blue and white. The emblem on the shirts features a jaguar, notwithstanding the team's nickname. The Pumas nickname is generally believed to be the result of an error made by a newsman who followed the team during their first overseas tour ever, to Southern Africa in 1965. Reporters were trying to devise a catchy nickname for the team similar to existing international team nicknames such as All Blacks, Springboks, and Wallabies. One of them saw the picture of an animal on the UAR crest; however, he thought it was a puma instead of the actual jaguar. The mistake stuck, and was eventually adopted by the Argentines themselves. As of 2006 the strip is manufactured by adidas and VISA is the shirt sponsor.

Click here to visit the Argentina Rugby Union home page


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