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Andorra
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Union Federació Andorrana de Rugby
Nickname(s) Els Isards
Coach Jordi Beal
Captain Lionel Prat
Kit left arm Team colours Kit right arm
Kit shorts
Kit socks
 
Team colours
First international
Andorra 24 -3 Luxembourg
(1st July 1987)
Largest win
Andorra 76 - 3 Norway
(4th September 2004)
Worst defeat
Andorra 3 - 62 Spain
(8th November 1997)
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The Andorra national rugby union team, nicknamed Els Isards (which is a Pyrenean Chamois) represent Andorra in international rugby union competitions. They are currently ranked 62nd out of 95 Rugby playing nations by the International Rugby Board (IRB). 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.

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.

HistoryEdit

Andorra played their first rugby international in 1987 against Luxembourg. Andorra won the match 24-3.

Andorra first tried to qualify for the Rugby World Cup in 1995. 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.

PopularityEdit

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 mens 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 womens set up. As of yet they have only played sevens, competing in 2006 and 2007.

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

Results Mens 15 asideEdit

AnalysisEdit

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 Type P W D L  % F A D Notes
Friendly 6 2 0 4 33 41 65 -24
Regional 40 15 1 24 39 592 846 -254
World Cup 27 13 0 14 48 589 626 -37
All Games 73 30 1 42 42 1222 1537 -315

Matches against individual teams can be summarised as follows

Nation P W D L  % F A D Notes
Norway 2 2 0 0 100 99 12 87
Austria 2 2 0 0 100 87 15 72
Lithuania 1 1 0 0 100 54 24 30
Monaco 2 2 0 0 100 43 16 27
Bosnia Herzogovina 1 1 0 0 100 23 13 10
Israel 1 1 0 0 100 19 13 6
Denmark 2 2 0 0 100 11 5 6
Hungary 4 3 0 1 75 116 58 58 There is also one unfulfilled fixture
Yugoslavia 4 3 0 1 75 56 43 13 There is also one unfulfilled fixture
Luxembourg 7 4 1 2 64 124 66 58
Slovenia 4 2 0 2 50 85 70 15
Sweden 4 2 0 2 50 67 79 -12 There is also one win by default
Bulgaria 6 2 0 4 33 95 95 0
Croatia 3 1 0 2 33 31 47 -16
Czech Republic 3 1 0 2 33 26 104 -78
Tunisia 4 1 0 3 25 48 80 -32
Malta 1 0 0 1 0 24 31 -7
Latvia 1 0 0 1 0 21 34 -7 There is also one unfulfilled fixture
Moldova 1 0 0 1 0 16 23 -7 There is also one unfulfilled fixture and one defeat by default
Switzerland 3 0 0 3 0 39 62 -23 There is also one win by default
Morocco 2 0 0 2 0 19 63 -44
Germany 1 0 0 1 0 11 56 -45
Portugal 3 0 0 3 0 32 115 -83
Poland 5 0 0 5 0 43 154 -111
Spain 3 0 0 3 0 17 129 -112
Netherlands 3 0 0 3 0 16 140 -124
Total 73 30 1 42 42 1222 1537 -315

Full Match ListEdit

Sequence Date Opponents F A Venue Type Notes
1 1st July 1987 Luxembourg (1) 24 3 A Luxembourg FIRA C First International for Andorra
2 8th July 1987 Luxembourg (2) 12 3 H Andorra La Vella Friendly First Home match
3 28th May 1988 Bulgaria (1) 6 30 A Sofia FIRA C First defeat
4 1st July 1988 Bulgaria (2) 7 21 H Andorra Friendly
5 8th April 1989 Tunisia (1) 7 19 H Andorra La Vella Friendly First game against an African team
6 23rd April 1989 Luxembourg (3) 8 10 A Cessange FIRA C
7 28th May 1989 Bulgaria (3) 7 21 H Andorra La Vella FIRA C
8 1st July 1989 Luxembourg (4) 6 10 A Friendly
9 8th April 1990 Tunisia (2) 6 12 H Andorra La Vella Friendly 9th consecutive defeat
10 29th April 1990 Luxembourg (5) 26 6 H Andorra La Vella FIRA C
11 26th May 1990 Yugoslavia (1) 9 3 A Split FIRA C
12 9th March 1991 Morocco (1) 9 25 H Andorra La Vella FIRA C
13 23rd March 1991 Portugal (1) 15 33 A Coimbra FIRA C
14 4th May 1991 Tunisia (3) 16 14 H Andorra La Vella FIRA C
15 9th November 1991 Tunisia (4) 19 35 A Tunis FIRA C First match in Africa
16 28th March 1992 Portugal (2) 6 29 H Andorra La Vella FIRA C
17 25th April 1992 Morocco (2) 10 38 A Casablanca FIRA C
18 1st October 1992 Denmark (1) 3 0 H Friendly Some sources list this as the WC game but it appears to be separate
19 27th October 1992 Denmark (2) 8 5 H Andorra La Vella WC 1995 First World Cup match
20 31st October 1992 Switzerland (1) 0 14 H Andorra La Vella WC 1995 First game without scoring
21 28th November 1992 Netherlands (1) 6 40 A Hertogenbosch FIRA B1
22 17th April 1993 Poland (1) 6 19 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B1
23 15th May 1993 Czech Republic (1) 6 3 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B1
24 11th September 1993 Sweden (1) 6 25 A Nassjo FIRA B1
25 6th November 1993 Poland (2) 10 30 A Sochaczew FIRA B1
26 26th March 1994 Netherlands (2) 10 49 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B1
27 12th April 1994 Czech Republic (2) 0 56 A Prague FIRA B1
28 15th May 1994 Sweden (2) w/o H Default FIRA B1 Won by default
29 22nd April 1995 Croatia (1) 0 16 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B3
30 7th May 1995 Switzerland (2) w/o A Default FIRA B3 Won by default
31 13th May 1995 Luxembourg (6) 18 18 A Cessange FIRA B3 First draw
32 26th November 1995 Slovenia (1) 28 23 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B3
33 24th March 1996 Yugoslavia (2) 30 12 A Ursag FIRA B2
34 20th April 1996 Bulgaria (4) 13 8 H Andorra La Vella FIRA B2
35 19th October 1996 Lithuania (1) 54 24 H Andorra La Vella WC 1999 Pool 3 Round A
36 2nd November 1996 Sweden (3) 21 20 H Andorra La Velle WC 1999 Pool 3 Round A
37 15th March 1997 Luxembourg (7) 30 16 A Cessange WC 1999 Pool 3 Round A
38 14th June 1997 Hungary (1) 34 5 A Budapest WC 1999 Pool 3 Round A, 7th consecutive win and 8th unbeaten
39 13th September 1997 Czech Republic (3) 20 45 A Tatra Smichov Stadium WC 1999 Pool 3 Round B
40 4th October 1997 Germany (1) 11 56 H Andorra La Velle WC 1999 Pool 3 Round B
41 8th November 1997 Spain (1) 3 62 H Andorra La Velle WC 1999 Pool 3 Round B, biggest defeat
42 30th May 1998 Portugal (3) 11 53 A Lousa WC 1999 Pool 3 Round B
43 26th September 1998 Switzerland (3) 14 15 H Andorra La Velle FIRA D
44 31st Ocober 1998 Bulgaria (5) 3 5 A FIRA D
45 27th February 1999 Monaco (1) 29 6 H Andorra La Velle FIRA D
46 12th June 1999 Israel (1) 19 13 A FIRA D
47 30th October 1999 Slovenia (2) 3 16 A FIRA D1
48 5th February 2000 Monaco (2) 14 10 A FIRA D1
49 26th February 2000 Hungary (2) 32 10 H Andorra La Velle FIRA D1
50 13th May 2000 Austria (1) 21 12 H Andorra La Velle FIRA D1
51 14th October 2000 Yugoslavia (3) 12 9 H Andorra La Velle WC 2003 EURO Round A
52 28th October 2000 Hungary (3) 21 27 A Szazhalombatta WC 2003 EURO Round A
53 5th May 2001 Switzerland (4) 25 33 H Andorra La Velle WC 2003 EURO Round A
54 12th May 2001 Bulgaria (6) 59 10 H Andorra La Velle WC 2003 EURO Round A
55 26th May 2001 Bosnia Herzogovina (1) 23 13 H Andorra La Velle WC 2003 EURO Round A
56 13th October 2001 Austria (2) 56 3 H Andorra La Velle FIRA B Pool A
57 11th November 2001 Slovenia (3) 16 26 A Ljubljana FIRA B Pool A
57a 27th March 2002 Nortwestern University (USA) 40 5 H Andorra La Velle Touring team
58 5th May 2002 Yugoslavia (4) 5 19 H Andorra La Velle FIRA B Pool A
59 1st June 2002 Moldova (1) w/o A Chisnau FIRA B Pool A - Lost by default
59a 22nd September 2002 Moldova (2) Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture
59b 26th October 2002 Hungary (4) Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture
59c 3rd November 2002 Yugoslavia (5) Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture
59d 2nd March 2003 Latvia (1) Probably FIRA B, this game is shown as a fixture
60 4th September 2004 Norway (1) 76 3 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 1 - first game of the tournament, biggest victory
61 18th September 2004 Norway (2) 23 9 A Fana WC 2007 Round 1
62 23rd October 2004 Hungary (5) 29 16 A Vasas WC 2007 Round 2 Pool A
63 20th November 2004 Croatia (2) 7 18 A Stadium Metalac, Sisak WC 2007 Round 2 Pool A
64 12th February 2005 Spain (2) 14 36 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 2 Pool A
65 30th April 2005 Slovenia (4) 38 5 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 2 Pool A
66 28th May 2005 Sweden (4) 30 20 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 2 playoff
67 4th June 2005 Sweden (5) 10 14 A Vanersborg WC 2007 Round 2 playoff
68 29th October 2005 Poland (3) 14 18 A WC 2007 Round 3 Pool A
69 26th November 2005 Netherlands (3) 0 51 A Amsterdam WC 2007 Round 3 Pool A
70 11th March 2006 Spain (3) 0 31 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 3 Pool A
71 6th May 2006 Moldova (3) 16 23 H Andorra La Velle WC 2007 Round 3 Pool A
72 7th Otober 2006 Poland (4) 8 54 A ENC 2B
73 4th Novemebr 2006 Latvia (2) 21 34 H Andorra La Velle ENC 2B 7th consecutive defeat
74 7th April 2007 Croatia (3) 24 13 H Andorra La Velle ENC 2B
75 12th May 2007 Malta (1) 24 31 A Valetta ENC 2B
76 29th September 2007 Poland (5) 5 33 H Andorra La Velle ENC 2B
77 24th November 2007 Latvia (3) A ENC 2B
78 19th April 2008 Croatia (4) A ENC 2B
79 17th May 2008 Malta (2) A ENC 2B

Results Mens 7sEdit

To date Andorra (men) have played in eight International Sevens Tournaments (FIRA-AER 2005 Qualifiers (2 rounds), FIRA-AER 2006 Qualifiers (2 rounds) and Finals, FIRA-AER 2007 Qualifiers (2 rounds) and Finals). Each year a number of tournaments take place across Europe and each nation takes part in two tournaments to decide on a final 12. In 2007 Andorra were joint 12th with Croatia but qualified on points difference. The qualifiers seen 5th (3 times), 4th (1 time) and 3rd (2 times). Both appearances in the finals have seen 12th (last) but notable teams have failed to qualify.

25th to 26th June 2005 at Lumel, France (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Fifth (Plate winners)

Group Games

0-35 Spain

27-5 Belgium

43-0 Monaco

5-29 France

Knock Out (5th to 8th)

5-0 Armenia

26-21 Netherlands

2nd to 3rd July 2005 at Andorra (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Fifth (Plate winners)

Group Games

0-29 Spain

24-5 Belgium

w/o Slovakia

7-28 France

36-7 Invitation

Knock Out (5th to 8th)

26-7 Bosnia and Herzogovina

17-15 Croatia

27th to 28th May 2006 at Amsterdam, Netherlands (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Third

Group Games

19-21 Netherlands

26-10 Israel

24-14 Portugal

40-0 Luxembourg

Knock Out (1st to 4th)

12-17 Croatia

17-5 Portugal

9th to 10th June 2006 at Madrid, Spain (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Third

Group Games

24-0 Croatia

68-0 Norway

54-5 Azerbaijan

0-26 Portugal

Knock Out (1st to 4th)

12-19 Spain

26-7 Belgium

15th to 16th July 2006 at Moscow, Russia (FIRA-AER Finals)Edit

Came Twelfth

Group Games

12-42 Romania

0-52 Spain

12-14 Croatia

7-56 Russia

7-19 Portugal

Knock Out (9th to 12th)

19-24 Lithuania

0-21 Ukraine

19th to 20th May 2007 at Amsterdam, Netherlands (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Fourth

Group Games

41-0 Belgium

56-0 Norway

7-21 Portugal

39-14 Serbia

Knock Out (1st to 4th)

10-21 Italy

5-29 Germany

26th to 27th May 2007 at Croatia (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Came Fifth (plate winners)

Group Games

5-31 Ukraine

40-7 Hungary

41-0 Slovakia

12-14 Italy

Knock Out (5th to 8th)

21-5 Greece

47-12 Hungary

7th to 8th July 2007 at Moscow, Russia (FIRA-AER Finals)Edit

Came Twelfth

Group Games

0-36 Russia

5-26 Romania

14-38 Poland

7-28 Germany

12-33 France

Knock Out (9th to 12th)

0-49 Ukraine

17-26 Lithuania

31st May to 1st June 2008 at Zagreb, Croatia (FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Andorra will compete in stage three at Zagreb (Croatia) on 31st May and 1st June as 13th seeds with (seeding in brackets) Moldova (2), Spain (3), Romania (4), Croatia (14), Serbia (22), Switzerland (26), Czech Republic (28), Bosnia Herzogovina (32) and Austria (34).

21st and 22nd June 2008 at Porto Carras, Greece(FIRA-AER Qualifiers)Edit

Andorra will compete in stage seven at Porto Carras(Greece) on 21st and 22nd June with (seeding in brackets) Spain (3), Italy (5), Ireland (6), Israel (21), Bulgaria (24), Greece (25), Luxembourg (31), Bosnia Herzogovina (32) and Cyprus (33). (34).

12th and 13th July 2008 at Hanover, Germany(FIRA-AER Finals if qualified)Edit

Nation AnalysisEdit

Nation Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff.  %
Norway 2 2 0 0 124 0 124 100
Belgium 4 4 0 0 118 17 101 100
Hungary 2 2 0 0 87 19 68 100
Azerbaijan 1 1 0 0 54 5 49 100
Monaco 1 1 0 0 43 0 43 100
Slovakia 2 2 0 0 41 0 41 100
Luxembourg 1 1 0 0 40 0 40 100
Invitation 1 1 0 0 36 7 29 100
Serbia 1 1 0 0 39 14 25 100
Bosnia Herzogovina 1 1 0 0 26 7 19 100
Israel 1 1 0 0 26 10 16 100
Greece 1 1 0 0 21 5 16 100
Armenia 1 1 0 0 5 0 5 100
Croatia 4 2 0 2 65 46 19 50
Netherlands 2 1 0 1 45 42 3 50
Portugal 5 2 0 3 55 85 -30 40
Lithuania 2 0 0 2 38 50 -12 0
Italy 2 0 0 2 22 35 -13 0
Poland 1 0 0 1 14 38 -24 0
Germany 2 0 0 2 12 57 -45 0
Romania 2 0 0 2 17 68 -51 0
France 3 0 0 3 24 90 -66 0
Russia 2 0 0 2 7 92 -85 0
Ukraine 3 0 0 3 5 101 -96 0
Spain 4 0 0 4 12 135 -123 0
TOTALS 51 24 0 27 776 723 53 47

The Slovakia record includes one "w/o". It is counted as a win with no effect on points scored.

Results Womens 7sEdit

To date Andorra (women) have played in two international Sevens Tournaments

25th to 27th May 2006 at Limoges, France (FIRA-AER Division B)Edit

Came Second and promoted

Group Games

17-0 Poland

0-7 Hungary

29-0 Austria

15-0 Malta

Knock Out (1st to 4th)

22-0 Bulgaria

0-7 Romania

26th to 27th May 2007 at Zagreb, Croatia (FIRA-AER Division A)Edit

Came 8th and should maintain status

Group Games

7-29 Germany

22-5 Bulgaria

7-12 Lithuania

19-5 Poland

15-7 Norway

Knock Out (7th to 8th)

0-5 Romania

0-29 Norway

Nation AnalysisEdit

Nation Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Diff.  %
Bulgaria 2 2 0 0 44 5 39 100
Poland 2 2 0 0 36 5 31 100
Austria 1 1 0 0 29 0 29 100
Malta 1 1 0 0 15 0 15 100
Norway 2 1 0 1 15 36 -21 50
Lithuania 1 0 0 1 7 12 -5 0
Hungary 1 0 0 1 0 7 -7 0
Romania 2 0 0 2 0 12 -12 0
Germany 1 0 0 1 7 29 -22 0
TOTALS 13 7 0 6 153 106 47 54

Youth RugbyEdit

There are only limited records for Andorran youth rugby.

A training camp (with Spain and Portugal) took place in 2001/2002. A similar camp took place at Tarazones from 7th to 12th April 2006 with 23 players and 3 coaches attending. These are both for Under 17s.

SourcesEdit

http://www.irb.com/, ITV, http://www.irb.com/, http://www.fira-aer-rugby.com/index.php, websites of unions mentioned, Scrum.com, http://www.rugbyinternational.net/

External linksEdit

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