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Enrique Rodriguez (rugby union)

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Name  Enrique Rodriguez
Height  1.78 m
Role  Rugby union
Weight  110 kg
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Enrique Edgardo 'Topo' Rodriguez was an Argentina-born rugby union footballer who played at international level for Argentina and Australia. He represented the Wallabies at the inaugural Rugby World Cup in 1987 and was selected for the South American Jaguars in 1980, gaining four Test caps.


Rodriguez played tighthead prop, loosehead prop and hooker He was known for his hard play and excellent scrummaging technique.

After retiring from rugby in 1987, Rodriguez was diagnosed with manic depression. A play, Topo by Asoc. Prof. Neil Cole (a prolific playwright), was shown at the Seymour Theatre Centre, Sydney in June 2007, describing the "highs and lows of life" including his experiences of living with mental illness.

In August 2012 Rodriguez self-published a book called "The ART of Scrummaging", which presents the opinions of 40 collaborators (ex-international players and coaches) on the subject of scrummaging.

He is nicknamed Topo - the Spanish word for "mole".

Early life

Rodriguez was born in Concordia, Argentina on 20 June 1952. He studied Psychology at Universidad Nacional de Cordoba. He started playing rugby for the University team in 1971. Rodriguez initially played wing, centre, and five-eighth, then in the back row before finally moving to the front row. He went on to be selected for the Cordoba Province representative team in 1976.


Rodriguez played his first Test match for Argentina against New Zealand 1979 and his last Test match for the Argentine team was against Australia on 7 August 1983 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

In March 1984, he emigrated with his family to Sydney, Australia. Warringah RC organised his settlement in Sydney's Northern Beaches. Rodriguez played his first Test match for the Wallabies against Fiji on 9 June 1984 (barely 10 weeks after arrival) then a three test series against New Zealand in Australia and the 1984 Grand Slam tour of UK and Ireland.

In June 1986 played his first test against Argentina, also took part in the Bledisloe Cup winning team in New Zealand. His last international for Australia, coincidentally was against Argentina on 7 November 1987, Buenos Aires.

He was also capped for Tahiti against France in an invitational match to celebrate Bastille Day in Papetee (14 July 1981). Other three guests also played for Tahiti, they were All Blacks' backs: Brett Codlin, Robert Kururangi and Tim Twigden.


  • 1984 - Wallabies Grand Slam Tour of UK and Ireland
  • 1986 - Bledisloe Cup, NZ
  • 1991 - Barbarian F.C. (UK) Centenary Tour 1990–91, and captain for two matches in 1991
  • 1995 - Scrum coach Australian Under 21s' tour of Zimbabwe and Argentina
  • International appearances

  • Argentina national rugby union team - (1977–1983)- 15 test caps
  • Australia national rugby union team - (1984–1987)- 26 test caps (Australian Captain vs. Mendoza - 1987)
  • South American XV (1980 Jaguars) - 4 caps vs. Springboks
  • Tahiti XV - 1 cap vs. France
  • Barbarian Football Club - 1 cap vs. Scotland XV
  • Clubs

  • Barbarian Football Club 1991 - Captain vs. Cork Constitution RC (Cork) and Old Wesley RC (Dublin)
  • Warringah Rugby Club 1984-1992
  • Tala Rugby Club, 1978-1984
  • Universidad Nacional de Cordoba RC, 1971-1977
  • Cordoba Province Seleccion (1976-1983) Captain
  • References

    Enrique Rodriguez (rugby union) Wikipedia