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Spain national rugby union team

Spain
Union Spanish Rugby Federation
Nickname(s) El XV del Leon (The Lion's XV),
Los Leones (The Lions)
Emblem(s) The Lion
Coach(es) Santiago Santos
Captain(s) TBA
Most caps Francisco Puertas Soto (93)
Top scorer Esteban Roque Segovia (257)
First international
 Italy 0 - 9 Spain 
(May 20, 1929)
Largest win
 Czech Republic 8 - 90 Spain 
(April 2, 1995)
Largest defeat
 Australia 92 - 10 Spain 
(September 1, 2001)
World Cup
Appearances 1 (First in 1999)
Best result No games won

The Spain national rugby union team is a national sporting side representing Spain at rugby union. Spain have been playing rugby since the late 1920s, playing their first international against Italy in 1929. They have qualified for one Rugby World Cup, in 1999 where they were pooled with Scotland, South Africa and Uruguay. Spain have also in the past contested the European Nations Cup. Spain plays in red and blue colours.

History

Early history

A Spanish XV played [1]

Spain played their first officially recognised match in 1929, winning 9-0 over Italy in the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc.[1]

Throughout the 1930s the Spanish contested games against other European sides, winning the majority of them, losing only to Germany. The national Spanish rugby team did not participate in any rugby during the 1940s.

The Spanish returned in 1951, and throughout the decade found moderate success. Though the side lost regularly to sides such as West Germany. The side found success in the earlier years of the 1960s, though there was a lack of games played during the 1963-5. The latter half of the decade saw the Spanish win most of their fixtures against neighbouring European sides.

Spain competed regularly against sides such as Portugal, Romania, Netherlands, Italy, Poland, Morocco and Czechoslovakia.

During the early 1980s Spain played Argentina for the first time, as well as consistently playing their old European rivals, New Zealand Māori also played the Spanish in 1982, Spain did however lose the match by over 60 points, and again in 1988, at Seville, losing by a minor margin, 12-22. Spain played the Soviet Union as well as other new opponents during the decade, including Zimbabwe, whom the Spanish played several times during the mid-1980s. In 1994 the Spanish played rugby heavy-weights, Wales, who won by over 50 points.

Professional era

Spain playing the Czech Republic

During the mid to late 1990s, Spain completed a nine-game winning streak, winning games against nine different European sides.

Spain began their quest for 1999 Rugby World Cup qualification in Pool 3 of Round B of the European qualification. They won all four of their games in the round, finishing first in the group above Portugal. They, along with Portugal advanced to the next pool round with Scotland. They finished second and qualified for their first Rugby World Cup.

For the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Spain were in Pool A, along with Scotland, South Africa and Uruguay. Their first ever World Cup game was played against Uruguay, with Spain losing 27-15. They lost their subsequent pool games to Scotland and the Springboks by 40 points, both of which were played at Murrayfield. They failed to score a try in the tournament, the only team in the World to have qualified but not scored a try in the World cup.

Spain began 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifying games in May 2002. Spain advanced to Round 3 after defeating Portugal. However, here they lost to both Italy and Romania, and moved through to face Russia for a place in the repechage competition. They defeated Tunisia and moved onto face the USA, who won the round and qualified into the World Cup.

For the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Spain finished at the top of Pool A or Round 2 of the European qualification and advanced to Round 3 where they went into Pool A. Here they won all four fixtures to finish at the top and advance to the play-off. There they faced Germany, and although they lost the first game, they won the second and went through on a 42-28 aggregate and went into Round 4 where they defeated the Czech Republic to enter Round 5. However they lost out to Romania and Georgia in Pool B, ending their hopes of reaching the World Cup in France.

Spain missed the qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand.

Spain entered the top 20 in the IRB ranking in February 2012 for the first time following a 25-18 win over the higher ranked Georgia, and Spain remained in the top 20 throughout the year, ending 2012 ranked 18th.[2]

In 2014 they will participate in the IRB Tbilisi Cup.[3]

Record

Spain playing against Portugal.
Their Test record against all nations (updated 23 June 2014):[4]
Against Played Won Drawn Lost Win %
 Andorra 3 3 0 0 100%
 Argentina 4 0 0 4 0%
Argentina Jaguars 1 0 0 1 0%
 Australia 1 0 0 1 0%
Australia Emerging 1 0 1 0 0%
 Belgium 14 12 1 1 85.71%
 Barbarians 1 0 0 1 0%
 Canada 1 0 0 1 0%
 Chile 4 2 0 2 50%
 Croatia 2 1 1 0 50%
 Czech Republic 8 6 0 2 75%
 Czechoslovakia 5 2 1 2 40%
 Denmark 1 1 0 0 100%
England A 7 0 0 7 0%
England Counties 1 0 0 1 0%
England under-23 2 0 0 2 0%
 Fiji 1 0 0 1 0%
 France 24 0 0 24 0%
France A 2 0 0 2 0%
France U 2 1 0 1 50%
French protectorate of Morocco 4 1 1 2 25%
Georgia 15 3 1 11 20%
 Germany 7 6 0 1 85.71%
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 100%
 Italy 27 3 1 23 11.11%
Italy A 1 0 0 1 0%
Japan XV 4 0 0 4 0%
 Moldova 1 1 0 0 100%
 Morocco 17 10 1 6 58.82%
 Namibia 3 2 1 0 66.67%
 Netherlands 14 13 1 0 96.42%
New Zealand Māori 2 0 0 2 0%
 Poland 16 10 0 6 62.50%
 Portugal 34 22 2 10 64.71%
 Romania 31 2 0 29 6.45%
Royal Air Force rugby team 4 0 2 2 0%
 Russia 17 2 0 15 11.76%
Scotland A 1 0 0 1 0%
Scotland XV 5 0 0 5 0%
 Slovenia 1 1 0 0 100%
 South Africa 1 0 0 1 0%
South Africa A 1 0 0 1 0%
 Soviet Union 7 0 0 7 0%
 Sweden 2 2 0 0 100%
 Switzerland 1 1 0 0 100%
 Tunisia 5 4 0 1 80%
 Ukraine 2 2 0 0 100%
 United States 3 0 0 3 0%
 Uruguay 8 4 0 4 50%
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0%
Wales A 3 0 0 3 0%
 West Germany 10 4 1 5 40%
 Yugoslavia 4 4 0 0 100%
 Zimbabwe 7 5 0 2 71.43%
Total 335 134 14 187 40.00%

European Nations Cup

Season Division Games Won Drew Lost PF PA Points Position
2000 1 5 2 0 3 109 105 9 4th
2001–02 1 10 3 0 7 246 247 16 4th
2003–04 1 10 0 1 9 129 335 11 6th
2004–06 2 8 7 1 0 364 87 23 1st
2007–08 1 10 4 0 6 233 240 18 4th
2008–10 1 10 2 0 8 145 304 14 5th
2010–12 1A 10 5 0 5 225 275 26 3rd
2012–14 1A 10 2 2 6 159 243 15 4th
2014–16 1A 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 N/A

2012–2014 European Nations Cup

Match Results
Date Opponent Score Venue
2 February 2013  Russia 9–13 Sochi
9 February 2013  Belgium 21–21 Brussels
23 February 2013  Romania 15–25 Gijón
9 March 2013 Georgia 18–61 Tbilisi
16 March 2013  Portugal 9–9 Santiago de Compostela
1 February 2014  Russia 25–28 Madrid
8 February 2014  Belgium 11–6 Madrid
22 February 2014  Romania 32–6 Cluj
8 March 2014 Georgia 17–24 Madrid
15 March 2014  Portugal 24–28 Lisbon

Rugby World Cup record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Finished P W D L F A P W D L F A
1987 Not invited
1991 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 159 94
1995 5 4 0 1 179 94
1999 Pool Stage 3 0 0 3 18 122 6 5 0 1 182 144
2003 Did not qualify 9 2 0 7 158 359
2007 14 10 1 3 528 224
2011 10 2 0 8 145 304
2015 10 2 2 6 159 243
2019 To be determined
Total 1/8 3 0 0 3 18 122 60 29 3 28 1510 1462

Current squad

Spain squad for the November test matches against Chile, Uruguay and Japan.[5]

Head Coach: Santiago Santos

  • Caps Updated: 30 October 2013

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the World Rugby.
Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Beñat Auzqui Hooker (1983-08-01) 1 August 1983 11 Bordeaux Bègles
Fabien Rofes Hooker (1981-05-18) 18 May 1981 5 Cote Vermmeille
Xabier Garmendia Prop 1994 (est. age 19) 0 Biarritz U23
Joe Hutchinson Prop (1985-12-28) 28 December 1985 10 Bressane
Ion Insausti Prop (1984-04-27) 27 April 1984 28 Hernani
Jesús Moreno Prop (1986-01-24) 24 January 1986 23 Montluçon
Agustín Ortíz Prop (1985-06-05) 5 June 1985 2 Nafarroa
Aníbal Bonán Lock (1984-06-10) 10 June 1984 6 Stade Bagnérais
Matthew Cook Lock (1978-05-17) 17 May 1978 19 Tunbridge Wells
Jesús Recuerda Lock (1986-09-29) 29 September 1986 25 Pays d'Aix
Alejandro Blanco Flanker 1984 (est. age 29) 2 Vigo
Gauthier Gibouin Flanker (1989-03-24) 24 March 1989 12 Bordeaux Bègles
Adam Newton Flanker (1984-09-07) 7 September 1984 1 Valladolid
Glen Rolls Flanker 1986 (est. age 27) 6 Lormont
Federico Negrillo Number 8 (1982-05-18) 18 May 1982 10 Vannes
Pablo Feijoo Scrum-half (1982-08-18) 18 August 1982 52 Bera Bera
Sebastien Rouet Scrum-half (1985-02-19) 19 February 1985 7 Narbonne
Ignacio Contardi Fly-half 0 Indepte Santander
Christopher Ruiz Fly-half 1984 (est. age 29) 0 Narbonne
Javier Canosa Centre (1983-02-28) 28 February 1983 43 Madrid
Daniel Snee Centre 1986 (est. age 27) 0 Getxo Artea
Pierre Belzunce Wing (1987-07-15) 15 July 1987 7 Colomiers
Marcos Poggi Wing (1987-08-31) 31 August 1987 0 Lormont
Matías Tudela Wing (1984-10-06) 6 October 1984 12 Cisneros
Ignacio Gutierrez Fullback (1986-07-19) 19 July 1986 6 Ordizia
César Sempere Fullback (1984-05-26) 26 May 1984 45 El Salvador

Notable players

See also

External links

  • (Spanish) Federación Española de Rugby - Official Site
  • Spain at RugbyData.com

References

  1. ^ a b Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5); Chapter 6, Gathering Storms, p129
  2. ^ IRB.com, 2012 in review: Highs and lows in rankings, Jan. 7, 2013, http://www.irb.com/rankings/news/newsid=2064835.html
  3. ^ "Georgia to host Tbilisi Cup 2014". International Rugby Board. 4 April 2014. Retrieved 14 May 2014. 
  4. ^ "Team analysis – Spain – Test matches". ESPN Scrum. Retrieved 17 June 2014.
  5. ^ Actualización del XV del León para la Gira por Sudamérica
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