|Rugby union in Ecuador|
|Governing body||Federación Ecuatoriana de Rugby|
Rugby union in Ecuador is a minor, but growing sport.
The governing body is the Federación Ecuatoriana de Rugby, which became affiliated to CONSUR in 2011but not yet to the IRB.
Rugby union is found to some extent in Ecuador, with teams in Guayaquil,Quito, and Cuenca.
Rugby union, commonly known in most of the world simply as rugby, is a contact team sport which originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field with H-shaped goalposts on each try line.
One out of two Spanish countries in South America still to compete under CONSUR's arm (the other one being Bolivia), Ecuador rugby story dates back to the 30's when newspapers specified the presence of English merchants playing the game that they would eventually take to Puná island, along the coast of Guayas river, to play rugby criollo with the natives.
Rugby was first played in Ecuador in the 1930s, when it was introduced by British merchants to Puná Island on the Guayas River.
Puná Island is an island off the coast of southern Ecuador at approximately 80 degrees west longitude and 3 degrees south latitude. It is located at the head of the Gulf of Guayaquil, south of the mouth of the Guayas River and the city of Guayaquil, Ecuador's largest city and chief port. It is bordered by Jambelí Channel on the east and Morro Channel on the west, both of which connect the open Gulf of Guayaquil to the narrow mouth of the Guayas River. The total area of Puná Island is 330 square miles. The island is a parish of Guayaquil Canton in Guayas Province.
The Guayas River is a river in western Ecuador. It gives name to the Guayas Province, and it is the most important river in South America that does not flow into the Atlantic Ocean or any of its marginal seas. Its total length, including the Daule River, is 389 km. It is the national river of Ecuador, and is present on the Coat of Arms.
Ecuador is a country in western South America, bordering the Pacific Ocean at the Equator, for which the country is named. Ecuador encompasses a wide range of natural formations and climates, from the desert-like southern coast to the snowcapped peaks of the Andes mountain range to the plains of the Amazon Basin. Cotopaxi in Ecuador is one of the world's highest active volcanos. It also has a large series of rivers that follow the southern border and spill into the northwest area of Peru.
Guayaquil, officially Santiago de Guayaquil, is the largest and most populous city in Ecuador. with around 2 million people in the metropolitan area, as well as the nation's main port. The city is the capital of Guayas Province and the seat of Guayaquil canton.
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Barcelona Sporting Club is an Ecuadorian sports club based in Guayaquil, known best for its professional football team. They currently play in the Liga PRO Ecuador, the highest level of football in the country, and hold the distinction of being the only club in Ecuadorian history not to be relegated to the Serie B.
Édison Vicente Méndez Méndez is a retired Ecuadorian football attacking midfielder. Méndez is a former Ecuador International and is the second-most capped player for his country.
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The Costa Rica national rugby union team represents Costa Rica in international rugby union. The nation have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup tournament. The Costa Rica national rugby team played their first international in 2005 defeating their opponents Panama by 60-0.
Tilson Oswaldo Minda is an Ecuadorian footballer who last played for Barcelona SC in the Ecuadorian Serie A.
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Miss Ecuador 2011, the 57th Miss Ecuador pageant, was held on March 17, 2011. Claudia Schiess, from Galapagos was crowned Miss Ecuador 2011 by the outgoing titleholder Lady Mina from Guayas. The winner of Miss Ecuador represented her country at Miss Universe 2011.
The Ecuador national rugby union team represents Ecuador in international rugby union play. Ecuador recently became a member of the Confederación Sudamericana de Rugby in 2011. but not yet the International Rugby Board (IRB), and will not play qualifiers for the Rugby World Cup until it is. The Ecuadorian Rugby Federation governs the sport of rugby in the country.
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The Ecuadorian women's football championship is the national competition for women's football teams in Ecuador. The competition is organised by the Ecuadorian Football Federation. Until 2013, the tournament was played by divisional selections and not clubs. After a restructuring in 2013 clubs contest the league title. The winner qualifies to the Copa Libertadores Femenina.
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