Peru has great potential to be the next big rugby nation in South American with its solid economy and infrastructure, plus the support of the Olympic Committee. I talk to Mr. Maser Madueño, President of Peruvian Rugby Federation, to learn more.
ARL: When did you first discover rugby?
MM: I began playina Rugby Player is being part of a nation that shares the same values.
grugby when I
was16 years old at the Newton College. In th
osedays, we took part in the Lima Cricket Club To
urnaments, playing against French and English teachers. As well as playing club level, I also played for over 10 years for Peru National Team where I
metnice friends, and understood that
ARL: What was your motivation to lead the Peruvian Rugby?
MM: When I was 39, I bec
ame Coach of the National Sevens Team, which I did for 3 years. I had a background in Economics and combined with my work in management, I was able to create a successful,
. I also had a very good relationship with the clubs and my work for the development of Rugby motivated me to lead the Peruvian Rugby Federation.
, thePeruvian Rugby Federation is working to increase
itsbase through the different devel
opment programs around the country. We have recruit
eda Sports Management CEO with expertise in Spain a
ndtogether with our Devel
opment and High performance team, plus our Head Coach and Tournament Director, we looking to make rugby
that grows the most.
ARL: Talking about Panamerican Rugby, what are the challenges with integration of CONSUR-NACRA?
MM: I think that CONSUR and NACRA must work together.There are 15 National Union in NACRA and 8 at CONSUR. Also more National teams such as Panamá, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Costa Rica and Mexico are also engag
edand looking to play. A consequence of this gro
wth is that
wehave to consider all the levels of game for these N
ational Teams and not just the Conferences.
ARL: What is your message to people about your Rugby life?
MM: Rugby brought me
tocompetitive matches with rivals that became friends; to tours, to joys and to sorrows. However, rugby is
itslifestyle to change people and now I working to share the passion
ugby brought to me
.Rugby never end