San Isidro Club

San Isidro (SIC)
Full name San Isidro Club
Union Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires
Nickname(s) Zanjero
Founded 14 December 1935 (1935-12-14)
Location San Isidro, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Ground(s) Bosque Alegre, 2,000 capacity
President Alejandro Bleuzet
Coach(es) Rolando Martin
Andrés Pérez Cobo
League(s) Torneo de la URBA
2016 6° of Top 14 [1]
Team kit
Official website

The San Isidro Club (mostly known for its acronym SIC) is an Argentine rugby union and field hockey club based in the Boulogne Sur Mer district of Greater Buenos Aires. The club has gained recognition due to its rugby union team, being one of the most successful clubs of Argentina with 25 Torneo de la URBA championships won. SIC has also won 4 Nacional de Clubes tournaments. The senior team currently competes at the Grupo I, the top division of the Unión de Rugby de Buenos Aires league system.

The field hockey team plays at tournaments organised by the Buenos Aires Hockey Association.


Origins of the club

In 1935 the Club Atlético San Isidro (mostly known by its acronym "CASI") played Atlético del Rosario in its home venue. After the match, CASI held the traditional meeting with the rival team in the Salón Cullen of the club, where no women attended. During the dinner, one of the guests spilled a cup of wine over his pants, which he took off and continue eating. The rest of the players that were sat at the table showed their solidarity with him and also took their pants and continued with the dinner as if nothing had happened.

This was seen by a member of the club who related the incident to club's authorities. As a result, eleven players were suspended by CASI for periods from one to two years. Since the suspension was effective, the team lost the most games played, finishing 6th at the end of the season (Atlético del Rosario was the champion).[2] The banned players organised some friendly matches under the name "Abelleyra XV", also wearing new jerseys.

At the end of 1935 Julio Urien was elected president of CASI for a new period, therefore the banned players left the club to found their own institution, an initiative they kept in mind since the meetings with club's authorities to find a solution had been unsuccessful.

On 14 December 1935 the San Isidro Club was established in the "Quinta Pueyrredón" of San Isidro [3] (nowadays a museum, it had been built in 1790 by Juan Martín de Pueyrredón as the place to spend his vacations.[4] The owners rented it to the founding members for one year). The colors of the San Isidro Club were also approved in the meeting, being chosen the same colors than CASI: white, light blue (worn by the defunct football team during the amateur era and black.[5]

The strong rivalry between CASI and SIC has remained to date. Although it was located in the centre of San Isidro, the installations of the Quinta Pueyrredón were not able to practise sports, so SIC played its home games at the Club Arquitectura of Núñez neighborhood.


All SIC teams photographed together in 1937.

In 1939 the club moved to a land located in Boulogne, which the facilities and the stadium were built. Due to the land was crossed by a ditch, SIC was renamed as El Zanjero (The Ditch Builder). In 1939 the team won its first title, but was relegated to the lower division in 1946, but the following year SIC returned to the first division and won a new title in 1948. The team also remained undefeated during the entire tournament.

More than 20 years would pass until the next championship, in 1970. Since then, SIC has achieved a long list of titles becoming one of the most important teams of Argentina. The team also toured on Great Britain (1972) and South Africa (1973) gaining recognition. During the 1980 SIC won 6 championships. On 22 October 1987, SIC achieved a historical 22–22 draw against Australia, one of the semi-finalist teams of the recently played 1987 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand. Another highlight in SIC's history was on 1980 when the team defeated Fiji 28–11 [4]

During the 2000s SIC has won 5 titles in 11 years. It last achievement was the 2011 URBA championship, defeating Alumni 14–11 in the final game and obtaining the 25th. title for the club.[6]

One of its most famous former players was Ernesto Guevara, mostly known as "El Che".[7]


SIC main rival is the Club Atlético San Isidro (CASI) since both clubs were separated. This rivalry is so strong that has been nicknamed as "The Superclásico of Argentine rugby". The first match played between SIC and CASI was on 9 May 1937, being SIC the winner by 3–0. The San Isidro derby has been played a total of 122 times, where CASI won 63 games, SIC 48 and 11 matches finalized tied.

The largest victory achieved by SIC over CASI was in 2004, when the Zanjero won 55–18.[8] The worst defeat at the hands of CASI, and the highest historical difference in a match between the two teams, was a 51–7 on 25 August 2013.[9]


Current squad

Jorge Cilley, the most representative player of the team that won its first championship in 1939.
Juan Morganti, one of SIC forwards of 1951.
Jugador Position DOB
Argentina Federico Serra Fullback '79
Argentina Gonzalo Semmartin Fullback '92
Argentina Lucas Bustos Wing '88
Argentina Marcos Rosasco Wing '89
Argentina Manuel Ibañez Wing '90
Argentina Rodrigo Etchart Centre '94
Argentina Facundo Fdez Madero Centre '90
Argentina Federico Meyrelles Centre '85
Argentina Benjamín Madero Fly half '88
Argentina Bernardo Scuderi Fly half '86
Argentina Lucas Alcacer Scrum half '88
Argentina Santiago Méndez Scrum half '90
Argentina Tomás Morixe Number 8 '85
Argentina Rufino Panizza Flanker '89
Argentina Alan Kessen Flanker '90
Argentina Christian Etchart (C) Flanker '88
Argentina Santiago Artese Second row '79
Argentina Tomás Borghi Second row '89
Argentina Guido Petti Second row '92
Uruguay Lucas Scarnati Prop '88
Argentina Marcos Piccinini Prop '92
Argentina Marcos Gatica Prop '90
Uruguay Alejo Corral Prop '81
Argentina Francisco Piccinini Hooker '85
Argentina Ricardo Macchiavello Hooker '90

Internationally capped players

Coaching staff

Charge Name
General CoordinatorArgentina Fernando Conti
Head CoachArgentina Rolando Martin
Backs CoachArgentina Andrés Pérez Cobo
Technical SecretaryArgentina Tomás García Iturralde
Scrum CoachArgentina Patricio Nealon
Line CoachArgentina Gonzalo Longo
Physical Area CoordinatorArgentina Francisco Meyrelles
Trainer 1Argentina Ignacio Fernández Madero
Trainer 2Argentina Fernando Cabrera
Trainer 3Argentina Alejandro Torres
DoctorArgentina Dr. Claudio Ferrari
Kinesiologist 1Argentina Sergio Lemos
Kinesiologist 2Argentina Miguel Constantini
Kinesiologist 3Argentina Lucía Caride

First XV Captains

Player Position Seasons Years
Marcelo Loffreda Centre 9 Seasons 1983, 84, 85, 87, 88, 89, 90, 91, 92
Arturo Rodríguez Jurado Fly-half 6 Seasons 1966, 67, 68, 69, 70, 77
Federico Serra Miras Fullback 5 Seasons 2006, 07, 08, 09, 10
Juan José Angelillo Hooker 4 Seasons 1993, 94, 95, 96
Benjamín Madero Fly-half 2 Seasons 2011, 12


The team that won the first title for the club in 1939.

Rugby union

1993, 1994, 2006, 2008
1939, 1941, 1948, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1983, 1984, 1986, 1987
1988, 1993, 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2010, 2011

Field hockey

1948, 1950, 1951, 1953


  1. Posiciones finales 2016 on URBA website
  2. Historial de Torneos at URBA webpage
  3. Argentina. "Quinta Pueyrredón del barrio de San Isidro". Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  4. 1 2 "History of SIC in rugbytime website". 6 January 2011. Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  5. "SIC: El alumbramiento", La Nación, 12 July 2005
  6. SIC campéon 2011 – detalles del partido, 2011-11-05
  7. "Biography of Ernesto "Che" Guevara" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-06-20.
  8. "SIC se llevó el clásico con una goleada histórica", Clarín, 2004-08-29
  9. , La Nación, 2013-08-26
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