Andorra national rugby union team

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Andorra
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Nickname(s)Els Isards
UnionFederació Andorrana de Rugby
Head coachJeannot Martinho
CaptainJonathan Garcia
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current72 (as of 23 November 2020)
First international
Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra 24 – 3 Luxembourg  Flag of Luxembourg.svg
(1 July 1987)
Biggest win
Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra 76 – 3 Norway  Flag of Norway.svg
(4 September 2004)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Andorra.svg Andorra 3 – 89 Malta  Flag of Malta.svg
(24 March 2018)

The Andorra national rugby union team, nicknamed Els Isards (which is a Pyrenean Chamois) represent Andorra in international rugby union competitions. They play most of their home games in Andorra la Vella, the country's capital, though have had some matches in Foix, which is in France.

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They compete in the European Nations Cup, and are currently in the second division. As well as playing numerous friendlies they have also taken part in the qualification stages of the Rugby World Cup, competing in every tournament since 1995.

The national side is ranked 72nd in the world (as of 23 November 2020). [1]

History

The first international game that Andorra played was on 8 November 1987 when they took on Luxembourg in the third division of the 1987–89 FIRA Trophy. Andorra would win that match 24–3 to receive their only win in the third division as they lost both games to Bulgaria and the reverse game. [2] After qualifying for the second division in the following year, they would finish bottom of their group which would feature Morocco, Tunisia and Portugal.

Andorra attempted to qualify for the 1995 Rugby World Cup. They competed in the preliminary round in the west group of the European qualification. They defeated Denmark, but lost to Switzerland, and were knocked out.

Andorra also attempted to qualify for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Andorra started off in Pool 3 of Round 1, and won all four of their fixtures, finishing at the top of the final standings to advance through to Round 2. However they were then knocked out of qualifying after Round 2 coming last in a five team group.

They competed in Pool B of Round 1 in attempting to qualify for the 2003 World Cup, but did not advance to the next stage coming third in a six team group.

The 2007 tournament saw many more fixtures and gained the small nation some greater publicity by playing in the first match of the tournament, beating Norway 76–3. They won a 2 leg match, came third in the ensuing five team group thus qualifying for a further 2 leg playoff, victory in which led to a further five team group in which they were last. Competing with the more populous Moldova, Netherlands, Spain and Poland, having beaten Norway, Hungary, Slovenia and Sweden certainly brought Andorra to the attention of more rugby followers, all in spite of a small population of just 70,000.

Popularity

The popularity of football in Andorra has been on the decline due to a poor record at home and away. This has left room for Andorran rugby to rise out of the shadows. Mainly affected by the fanatical popularity of rugby in southern France, Els Isards continue to impress on the international stage. This has led to the rapid increase in the number of registered players in Andorra. Many are now suggesting that rugby in Andorra has grown to such an extent that it has now become the tiny nation's national sport.

As well as a men's 15 aside team, the men have competed in the European Sevens competition since 2005. In 2005 they won promotion to the next division and in both 2006 and 2007 made the finals of the competition.

Also Andorra have a women's set up. They have only played sevens so far, competing in 2006 and 2007.

Youth rugby in Andorra is less developed and has to date only consisted of training camps.

Men's 15-a-side results

Analysis

Andorra have played friendlies, FIRA competitions and World Cup Qualifiers. The full results list including details of unplayed games can be found below. The various game types can be summarised as follows – note that unfulfilled and defaulted games are NOT included in the analysis although they do count towards the game count in the full list. Also if a game has been both a World Cup and FIRA game then it is only recorded here in the World Cup figures.

Match TypePWDL %FADNotes
Friendly6204334165−24
Regional431612638618897−279
World Cup311401745651736−85
All Games80321474113101698−388

Matches against individual teams can be summarised as follows

NationGPWDL %PFPAPDNotes
Flag of Armenia.svg  Armenia 1100100361026
Flag of Austria.svg  Austria 2200100771562
Flag of Bosnia and Herzegovina.svg  Bosnia and Herzegovina 1100100231310
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 62043395950
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 31023326104−78
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 4103254162−21
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 22001001156
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 100101156−45
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 4301751165858There is also one unfulfilled fixture
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 110010019136
Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 7412641246658
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 210150645014
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 200203054−24There is also one unfulfilled fixture
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 2101504147−6
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 100101623−7There is also one unfulfilled fixture and one defeat by default
Flag of Monaco.svg  Monaco 2200100431627
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 200201963−44
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 3003016140−124
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway 2200100991287
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 3003032115−83
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 5005043154−111
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia 10010732−25
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 420250857015
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 3003017129−112
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 4202506779−12There is also one win by default
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 400404894−46There is also one win by default
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 4103254880−32
Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 10011236-24−32
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 430175564313There is also one unfulfilled fixture
TOTALS81321484113221734−388

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References

  1. "Men's Rankings | World Rugby". world.rugby.
  2. "1987-89 Results". ESPN. Retrieved 22 March 2019.

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