Nickname: Los Pumas
Colors: (Light) Blue/White
Honors: (5) Pan American Championships, RWC'99 Quarter-finals
Anthem: Himno Nacional Argentino
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 (UAR, from the Spanish Unión Argentina de Rugby). Argentina is currently the only International Rugby Board (IRB) tier one classed nation that has no regular competition, such as the Six Nations and the Tri Nations.
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.
Although rugby union has not matched football (soccer) for popularity in Argentina, the impressive results by Los Pumas since the 1999 Rugby World Cup, have seen its popularity grow exponentially against a troubled economic backdrop. Argentina has managed from its appearance in the international arena to accomplish several upset victories, and has been a tough contender when playing in Buenos Aires.
Himno Nacional Argentino
Adopted in 1813
¡Oid mortales! el grito sagrado,
¡Libertad, Libertad, Libertad!
Oid el ruido de rotas cadenas:
Ved en trono a la noble Igualdad.
¡Ya su trono dignísimo abrieron
Las provincias unidas del Sud!
Y los libres del mundo responden:
¡Al Gran Pueblo Argentino Salud!
Sean eternos los laureles
Que supimos conseguir.
Coronados de gloria vivamos
O juremos con gloria morir.
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