Old Christians Club
Old Christians Club Full name Old Christians Club Union Unión de Rugby del Uruguay Founded 1962 Location Montevideo, Uruguay Ground(s) Solymar President Roberto Canessa League(s) Uruguayo1st kit2nd kit Official website www.oldchristians.org
Old Christians Club, or simply Old Christians, is a rugby union and field hockey club from the Solymar neighbourhood of Montevideo, Uruguay.. Old Christians are famous around the world for the 1972 Andes flight disaster that involved the club's rugby team.
The rugby section of the club still exists today and Old Christians are one of the best rugby clubs in the country, having won the Uruguayan title 16 times.
On October 13, 1972, a plane carrying 40 members and players of Old Christians' rugby team en route to Chile, crashed in the Andes.
More than a quarter of the passengers died in the crash and several more quickly succumbed to cold and injury. Of the twenty-nine who were alive a few days after the accident, another eight were killed by an avalanche that swept over their shelter in the wreckage.
The survivors had little food and no source of heat in the harsh climate, at over 3,600 metres (11,800 ft) altitude. Faced with starvation and radio news reports that the search for them had been abandoned, the survivors fed on the dead passengers who had been preserved in the snow. Rescuers did not learn of the survivors until 72 days after the crash when passengers Nando Parrado and Roberto Canessa, after a 10-day trek across the Andes, found a Chilean huaso, who gave them food and then alerted authorities about the existence of the other survivors.
The story of the disaster has since been depicted in many movies, television shows and books.
Despite being one of Montevideo's youngest clubs, Old Christians have achieved remarkable success on the national scene, winning their first national title only six years after the club's creation.
Since then the club has become a powerhouse of Uruguayan rugby, winning the Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby 16 times, the most recent one in 2007.
Many Old Christians have also gone on to represent Uruguay at international level.
The club's main rivals are Carrasco Polo Club and Old Boys Club.
- Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby
- Winners (16): 1968, 1970, 1973, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 2007
- Official website (Spanish)
Regional LevelLagartos · Lobos · Salto · Tenis DefunctClub Trouville · Colonia Rowing Club · La Cachila Rugby union in Uruguay Governing bodyUnión de Rugby del Uruguay National teams Competitions Related articles1960 French tour • 1985 French tour • Flight 571 Related articlesInternational players
- Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby
Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.
Look at other dictionaries:
Old Boys & Old Girls Club — Full name Old Boys Old Girls Club Union Uruguayan Rugby Union Founded 1914 … Wikipedia
Old Christians RFC — Full name Old Christians Rugby Football Club Nickname(s) Old Boys Founded 1948 Ground(s) Ballincrossig, Rathcooney, Glanmire, County Cork, Ireland Official website … Wikipedia
Old Christians GAA Club — Old Christians GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) was formed in Limerick, Ireland in 1962 for the development of the games of Hurling and Gaelic Football in the Southern part of the city. In the first year of competition the Club won the Senior… … Wikipedia
Club Deportivo Zalaeta — Zalaeta Nombre completo Club Deportivo Zalaeta Fundación 1982 Estadio La Coruña, Galicia (España) Presidente … Wikipedia Español
Montevideo Cricket Club — Full name Montevideo Cricket Club Union Unión de Rugby del Uruguay Founded 1861 … Wikipedia
Mary Help of Christians School (Canlubang), Inc. — Mary Help of Christians School Canlubang, Inc. Paaralan ng Maria Tulong ng mga Kristiyano Motto Once a Batang Mary Help, always a Batang Mary Help, anytime, anywhere. Established June 1973 (1973 06) Type … Wikipedia
Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby — The Club Championship (Spanish: El Campeonato de Clubes), is the top level of rugby union in Uruguay. Contents 1 History 2 Titles 3 Champions 4 Current Teams … Wikipedia
Colegio Stella Maris — Lema «AD ASTRA ( Hacia las Estrellas )» Tipo Privado, Católico, Bilingüe, Mixto Fundación 1955 Localización Dir … Wikipedia Español
Montevideo — For other uses, see Montevideo (disambiguation). Montevideo Former colonial name: City of San Felipe y Santiago de Montevideo Capital city … Wikipedia
Uruguayan Rugby Union — National rugby union unionname = Uruguayan Rugby Union nativename = Unión de Rugby del Uruguay logosize = 75px founded = 1951 IRB = 1989 region = FIRA AER regionyear = 1990 president = Pablo Ferrari coach = Fernando Silva womenscoach = country… … Wikipedia