Latin America confirms Emerging Nations squad, offers jerseys for $45

Latin America confirms Emerging Nations squad, offers jerseys for $45

The official squad for Latin America’s participation at the 2018 Emerging Nations Rugby League World Championship in western Sydney has been confirmed.

The Guzman y Gomez Latin Heat team is to be captained by former Super League player Matt Gardner – who played at the professional level for Castleford, Huddersfield and Harlequins and is of Brazilian parentage.

Gardner spent this season playing with the Goondiwindi Boars in Queensland’s Toowoomba Rugby League in advance of the Emerging Nations event and previously featured at the 2016 Rio Olympics for Brazil in Rugby Sevens.

Among the touring squad will be administrators and players who have establish the sport domestically in the last five years in nations such as Chile, Argentina, Colombia and Mexico.

To celebrate confirmation of the first Latin American team to contest a global rugby league tournament – representing the heritage of 700 million Latinos worldwide – official team supplier Beastwear is offering the Latin Heat jersey at the special price of AU$45 (click here to purchase).

The Heat will contest 4 games in 7 days in a tough regional pool against other developing non-traditional rugby league areas such as Africa, South-East Asia and the Middle East , between October 7 and October 13.


Sun, Oct 7 –  versus Mediterranean-Middle East at The Ponds, Kellyville Ridge, 2.30pm

Tue, Oct 9 – versus ASEAN at Windsor RLFC, 3.15pm

Thu, Oct 11 – versus Africa United at Windsor RLFC, 3.15pm

Sat, Oct 13 – Finals from 11am at St Mary’s RLFC




Matt Gardner – Captain (Mother born Brazil)

Alvaro Alarcon – Vice-captain (Both parents born El Salvador)

Brad Millar – Vice-captain (Father born Chile)

Sebastian Alonso (Born Argentina)

John Eugene Araya Garcia (Father born Chile)

Pete Betros (Mother born Chile)

Patrick Caamano (Father born Chile)

Mana Castillo-Sioni (Mother born Chile)

Iziah Esera Catrileo (Mother born Chile)

Sean Day (Mother born Peru)

Simon De Araujo (Mother born Chile, Father born Brazil)

Nick Doberer (Mother born Chile)

Alex Eastman (Born Colombia)

Juan David Espinal (Born Colombia)

Manolo Elisardo Fernandez Lara (Both parents born El Salvador)

Thomas Garrido (Father born Chile, Mother born Peru)

Francisco ‘Pancho’ Gaspani (Born Argentina)

Rodrigo Ivan Hernandez Zavala (Born Mexico)

James Horvat (Mother born Chile)

Francisco Leiva (Born Chile)

Anthony Maatouk (Mother born El Salvador)

Sebastian Martinez (Born Colombia)

Kevin McKenzie (Born Guyana)

Rafael Mendoza (Both parents born El Salvador)

Oscar Mendoza (Both parents born El Salvador)

Yeison Alejandro Munevar Gonzalez (Born Colombia)

Diego Papa (Mother born Uruguay/Father born Argentina)

Gabriel Papa (Mother born Uruguay/Father born Argentina)

Jye Sommers (Grandfather born Peru)

Brandon Tobar (Father born Chile)

Eduardo Wegener (Father born Chile)

Andrew Zuluaga (Father born Colombia, Resident USA)


Andrew Charles – Head Coach

Fredy Arteaga-Figueroa – Assistant Coach (El Salvador)

Trev Smith – Development Coach

Col Smithers – Team Manager

Rob Burgin – Trainer/Media

Arthur Vernon – Game Day Assistant

Ernie Maclay – FAO

Barry Keeley – FAO

Lee Munt – FAO

Mike Williams – FAO

Anneleise Ferrier – Physio

Jimmy Martire – Masseuse

Carlos Varela – Administration (Argentina)

Ronald Soto Badilla – Administration (Chile)


The 100% volunteer-run Latin American Rugby League is supported primarily by Guzman y Gomez Mexican Taquerias, Shield Security Pty Ltd, Tattoo Tears, Dr Pickles Tattoo Balm, Cast Graphics, IntaGas Services, LS Tax & Accounting Services, Colombianos en Brisbane, GMA Tourism, EMSA Education and Migration Services Australia, Lichtnauer and Associates Accountants, The Edge Home Loans, Radio Austral and Fighting For Fitness Gym.