Mexico national rugby union team

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Mexico
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Serpientes (Snakes)
UnionFederación Mexicana de Rugby
Head coachRubén Duque
CaptainMizael "Manitas" Loredo
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current43 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
 Mexico 18–22 Cayman Islands 
(1985)
Biggest win
 Mexico 105–7 Cayman Islands 
(31 August 2019)
Biggest defeat
 Brazil 76–5 Mexico 
(20 April 2013)
World Cup
Appearances0

The Mexico national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección nacional de rugby Mexico) represents Mexico men's international rugby union competitions, they entered the World Rugby Rankings in March 2012, ranked initially in joint 71st place with other new entrants Pakistan and the Philippines.

Mexico is one of the newest members of World Rugby, having only been participating consistently in international rugby since the late 2000s; before, the 6 games, including 2 that are not capped by the FMR. Mexico also fields a rugby sevens team, as well as female teams in both the main union game and the 7s.

The national side is ranked 43rd in the world (as of May 2020).[1]

History[edit]

Mexico played only four test matches before 2008. The National Team played Miami Rugby in November 1977.[2] Mexico's first test match was in 1985, an 18–22 loss against the Cayman Islands. This match was followed by 2 games against Colombia in 1996 (a 46-12 victory and a 10-10 draw), and two losses in 2001 and 2002 against Cayman Islands.[3]

2011 RWC qualifying[edit]

Mexico's first official test match, and first participation in Rugby World Cup qualifying, was in March 2008. In that match, Mexico secured a 47-7 victory over Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in 2011 Rugby World Cup qualifying. Mexico's record in qualifying was 2-2, finishing 6th place in Round 1A of the Americas qualification zone.

2015 RWC qualifying[edit]

A record crowd for a rugby match in Mexico saw the home team dispatch Jamaica 68–14 in Mexico City in front of more than 2,000 vociferous fans at the Universidad Iberoamericana. This match opened their NACRA Caribbean Championship account,[4] and also doubled as the opening Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification match. However, Mexico lost its next qualifying match 13–46 against the Cayman Islands, ending its 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying campaign.

2019 RWC qualifying[edit]

Mexico played qualifying matches for the 2019 World Cup during 2016. They won all three of their first-round Americas North (North Zone) group stage games (against the Cayman Islands, Bermuda, and The Bahamas), and also won the first round final against South Zone winners, Guyana. As such, they were named champions of the 2016 Rugby Americas North Championship.

From here, they progressed to a one-off play-off game against the 2016 CONSUR "B" Rugby Championship, Colombia, which they lost 29-11, ending Mexico's qualifying campaign.

Rankings[edit]

Event Rank Date Ref
Highest ranking 43 March 2020 [5]
Current ranking 43 May 2020
Lowest ranking 75 2013 [6]
Initial ranking 71 March 2012 [7]

Record by opponent[edit]

Updated to 21 November 2019.

Team Mat Won Lost Draw % For Aga Diff
Arizona Arizona State Sun Devils 1 1 0 0 100.00% 30 23 +7
 Bahamas 4 2 2 0 50.00% 101 61 +40
 Barbados 1 0 1 0 0.00% 20 21 –1
 Bermuda 2 1 1 0 50.00% 63 35 +28
 Brazil 2 0 2 0 0.00% 19 126 –107
 Cayman Islands 9 5 4 0 50.00% 324 146 +178
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 6 +17
 Colombia 4 1 2 1 33.33% 104 135 -31
 Jamaica 2 2 0 0 100.00% 102 22 +80
Miami Rugby 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 25 -13
 Paraguay 1 1 0 0 100.00% 35 27 +8
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines 1 1 0 0 100.00% 47 7 +40
 Turks and Caicos Islands 1 1 0 0 100.00% 96 0 +96
 Trinidad and Tobago 1 0 0 1 0.00% 16 30 -14
United States USA South 3 2 1 0 75.00% 98 84 +14
Total 32 17 14 1 51.72% 807 651 +156

Current squad[edit]

Mexico squad for the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualification match against Colombia.[8]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  2. ^ "Rugby Results". The Miami News. 8 Dec 1977. p. 7PS.
  3. ^ Mexico Test Matches, ESPN Scrum. Accessed 6 March 2016.
  4. ^ IRB, "Mexico off to flyer in RWC 2105 qualifying" Archived 2012-04-27 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  6. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/news/70728
  7. ^ http://rugbyworldcup-argentina2023.blogspot.com/2012_03_01_archive.html
  8. ^ "Third Concentration of Serpents". <Mexican Rugby Federation. 2012-04-28.

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