El Salvador national rugby union team

El Salvador national rugby union team

El Salvador
Union Salvadoran Rugby Association
Nickname(s) Los Torogoces (Turquoise-browed Motmots)
Coach(es) Manuel Natero
First international
 Costa Rica 57 - 3 El Salvador 
2 December 2012
Largest win
 El Salvador 29 - 3 Panama 
11 October 2014
Largest defeat
 Costa Rica 71 - 3 El Salvador 
1 December 2013

The Rugby Union Equipo Nacional de El Salvador, nicknamed Los Torogoces, represents El Salvador in rugby union. They had their first international tournament in 2011 in Costa Rica along the other teams from Central America, winning the Silver Cup.


El Salvador started playing matches against Guatemalan clubs in 2009, losing 3−85 against Xela and winning 37–11 against Santa Rosa.[1] consequently a victory against Xela Rugby Club for 17–0, after clinching the second place in the Guatemalan Championship the "Torogoces" prepare 2 teams to give battle in the upcoming championship, which is in this case to bring the 1st place, to make this happen, the Salvadoran squad prepares with rugby-knowledgeable coaching group (coaches are from France and Argentina) even though Rugby is such a young sport in this Central American country it is opening way within other popular sports, recently "FSR" (Federacion Salvadorena de Rugby) was recognized as a federation from the local Olympic committee, making it an official recognized sport in El Salvador.

El Salvador played their first international, against Costa Rica as part of the 2012 South American "C" Championship. They recorded their first international win, during the 2014 tournament, over Costa Rica. They went on to defeat Panama, which secured their first major tournament victory.[2]


Current players

El Salvador's rugby union team has a mixture of local young athletes with the reinforcement of experienced foreign players. Torogoces now remains as El Salvador's national team, recognized by CONSUR as a member and will participate in south and Central American tournaments under that name. Rugby in this country has evolved and two clubs have been created: Cuscatlan Rugby Club and Santa Tecla Rugby Club, both still participating in the binational club league with Guatemala. Players from both teams will be selected by trainers and the Federacion Salvadorena de Rugby to be part of Torogoces for international tournaments.

In September 2013, Cuscatlán Rugby Club became the first Salvadoran team to win the Bi-National League with Guatemala.
Jean Pierre Agati (Fra)
Manuel Natero (Arg)
Ivan Seassal (Fra)
Board of Directors
  • Chairman: Enrique Angulo
  • Vice chair: Luis Donis
  • Treasurer: Jorge Huezo
  • Secretary: Roberto Calderon

Women National Team

Current players

Player Club
Ligia Rivas
Shelby Funes
Leyla Abullarade
Claudia Abullarade
Veronica Martz
Nory Olivares
Claudia Mejia
Kathya Morales
Kathya Hernandez
Marlina Hernandez
Angie Funes
Anna Rispa
Yalile Flores
Carmen Aída Fuentes
Ingrid Solorzano
Patricia Macagni
Virginia Massut
Laura Cardoza
Rhina Aparicio
Keni López
Aura Soriano
Andrea Cáceres

COACHES: Daniel Ola, Erik Salas


  1. ^ (Spanish) Los Torogoces Aletean
  2. ^ "El Salvador campeón". CONSUR. 2014-10-12. Retrieved 2014-10-14. 

External links

  • http://www.torogoces.com/