are a professional rugby union team based in Buenos Aires , Argentina . They were founded in 2015 and are the first Argentine team to play in SANZAAR 's Super Rugby competition, participating from the 2016 Super Rugby season onwards.
Following on from impressive performances by nrut|Argentina in international rugby union competitions, such as a third-placed finish in the 2007 Rugby World Cup , the governing body of rugby in Argentina, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR), campaigned for inclusion in SANZAR's Tri Nations competition. In 2011, it was announced that the competition would be expanded to include Argentina, which resulted in the competition being rebranded as The Rugby Championship and Argentina competed in the competition for the first time in 2012.However, there was no professional league in Argentina per rules of the Argentine Rugby Union . The UAR launched a team called the Rut Pampas XV that participated in the South Africa n Vodacom Cup competition from 2010 to 2013, winning the competition in 2011 Vodacom Cup with an 11-match unbeaten run. The team withdrew from the competition at the end of 2013 due to financial considerations, but was relaunched to participate in the Pacific Rugby Cup from 2014 onwards. They won the competition in 2014 and 2015 (as the rebranded World Rugby Pacific Challenge ).Despite the performances of the Rut Pampas XV, the UAR still campaigned to have teams included in the Super Rugby competition. Since SANZAR sold the existing Super Rugby package to its broadcasters for the period 2011-15, it meant that no changes to the format would be permitted until the 2016 season.In 2013, SANZAR CEO Greg Peters announced that Super Rugby would be expanded in the 2016 season, adding that South African franchise the Rut Kings would be one of the expansion teams. In early 2014, SANZAR confirmed that Super Rugby would be increased from 15 to 18 teams starting from the 2016 season, with Argentina getting one of the additional spots. It was confirmed that the team would be based in Buenos Aires and that they would participate in the South African Conference. Japan was granted the license for the 18th franchise in October 2014 and the new expanded format and three new teams were formally approved by the SANZAR Executive Committee in November 2014.
The following table summarises the Jaguares' results in their Super Rugby seasons:
Legend: C = Champions, R = Runners-up, S = Semi-final appearance, Q = Qualifying final appearance.
| Competition name|| Season|| Played|| Won|| Drawn|| Lost|| Log position|| C|| R|| SF|| QF|| Coach|| Captain|
| Super Rugby || 2016 || In progress || Raúl Pérez || Agustín Creevy |
Jaguares Last 5 Results
|30 Apr 2016||Jaguares||73 - 27||Southern Kings|| ||Details|
|27 May 2016||Southern Kings||29 - 22||Jaguares|| ||Details|
|26 Mar 2016||Jaguares||8 - 13||Stormers|| ||Details|
|26 Feb 2016||Cheetahs||33 - 34||Jaguares|| ||Details|
|23 Apr 2016||Sunwolves||36 - 28||Jaguares|| ||Details|
Jaguares Next 5 Matches
|02 Jul 2016||Jaguares||vs||Bulls|| ||Details|
|09 Jul 2016||Jaguares||vs||Highlanders|| ||Details|
|16 Jul 2016||Jaguares||vs||Lions|| ||Details|
Name and colours
The name was initially scheduled to be revealed at the end of July 2015, before being postponed to after the 2015 Rugby World Cup . On 16 December 2015, it was announced that the team would be known as the Jaguares.The name Jaguares
was chosen to represent cunning, skill and power. According to the Jaguares official website: "Their sharp instinct and their intelligence make the Jaguares the ideal symbol for our team." The name is also a tribute to the crest of the Argentine Rugby Union , which appears on the jerseys of all Argentina national teams, and as a direct Spanish translation to the nation side Jaguars.
The Jaguares are based in Buenos Aires and their home ground is the 49,540-capacity Estadio José Amalfitani.
The UAR have announced several players that have been contracted to represent the team during the 2016 Super Rugby season :
| Jaguares Super Rugby squad|
|Props Felipe Arregui Cristian Bartoloni Santiago García Botta Facundo Gigena TG Ramiro Herrera Lucas Noguera Nahuel Tetaz Chaparro Enrique Pieretto TG Roberto Tejerizo TGHookers Agustín Creevy (c) Julián Montoya Facundo Bosch TGLocks Matías Alemanno Juan Cruz Guillemaín Tomás Lavanini Guido Petti ||Loose forwards Rodrigo Báez Facundo Isa Juan Manuel Leguizamón Tomás Lezana Pablo Matera Javier Ortega Desio Leonardo Senatore Scrum-halves Gonzalo Bertranou Martín Landajo Felipe Ezcurra TGFly-halves Santiago González Iglesias Nicolás Sánchez ||Centres Gabriel Ascárate Jerónimo de la Fuente Juan Martín Hernández Matías Moroni Matías Orlando Joaquín Paz TG Segundo Tuculet TGWingers Emiliano Boffelli Santiago Cordero Lucas González Amorosino Manuel Montero Fullbacks Ramiro Moyano Joaquín Tuculet |
| (c) Denotes team captain, Bold denotes internationally capped and TG denotes Training Group players.|
The following coaching team was announced by the Argentine Rugby Union for the 2016 Super Rugby season :
| Name|| Title|
| Raúl Pérez || Head Coach|
| Felipe Contepomi || Assistant Coach|
| José Pellicena || Assistant Coach|
| Martín Gaitán || Assistant Coach|