Rugby union in Ecuador

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Rugby union in Ecuador
Country Ecuador
Governing body Federación Ecuatoriana de Rugby
National team Ecuador
First played 1930s

Rugby union in Ecuador is a minor, but growing sport.


Governing body

The governing body is the Federación Ecuatoriana de Rugby, which became affiliated to CONSUR in 2011 [1] but not yet to the IRB.


Rugby union is found to some extent in Ecuador, with teams in Guayaquil, [2] Quito, [3] and Cuenca.

Rugby union team sport, code of rugby football

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. [4]

Puná Island island in Ecuador

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.

Guayas River river in Ecuador

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  1. "Ecuador to join CONSUR in 2011". 17 December 2010.
  2. Monos Rugby Club
  3. Quito Rugby Football Club
  4. UNVEILING RUGBY IN ECUADOR revealed 5 July 2009