Peru and El Salvador to clash in rugby league encounter

Face off: Peru's Sean Day, Martin Portillo and Jaime Perez with El Salvador's Daniel Godinez, Christian Fernandez, Zac Fernando and Albert Matouk.
Face off: Peru's Sean Day, Martin Portillo and Jaime Perez with El Salvador's Daniel Godinez, Christian Fernandez, Zac Fernando and Albert Matouk.

A spot of Latin American culture will be on show in Campbelltown this weekend when Peru and El Salvador go head-to-head in a game of rugby league.

The event follows on from the Peru v Uruguay clash which also took place at Waminda Oval back in 2019.

But it's more than just the main game - there's also an OzTag match between Ecuador and Latin Heat, and folklore dances from both Peru and El Salvador before the main event. Attendees will also be able to enjoy food from both cultures.

Peru rugby league president Jaime Perez said this marked the third international his team had played.

"We've played against Uruguay and Brazil, and now we've got El Salvador," he said. "We've reached an agreement with El Salvador to make this a yearly game, so this is the first of many to come. We've even created a shield - called the Sean Day Shield, after one of our players who is a prominent supporter of Latin Rugby League."

Perez said it all started several years ago with a Latin Heat rugby league team, which grew enough to support individual national teams. El Salvador rugby league president Daniel Godinez said many Salvadorian refugees to Australia found a strong connection with rugby league.

"A lot of the foundation players in 2015 were refugees from El Salvador and used rugby league as a way to feel part of the Australian culture and make new friends," Godinez said.

He said the team would be leaving nothing in the sheds on Saturday.

Ecuador v Latin Heat kicks off at 5.30pm at Waminda Oval this Saturday, March 6, followed by the main event at 7.30pm. Entry is $5 adult or $15 family.