COMMITMENT TO SUFFERING
It will be a long, difficult tournament for Uruguay.
Uruguay will be at their third Rugby World Cup, hoping to do what they can to survive in the toughest pool. PABLO CSAKY and CARLOS STALGIS report.
THEY ARRIVE IN ENGLAND AS..?
Uruguay had a difficult qualifying run to win their spot at the World Cup. They lost their first chance against USA (two matches), then defeated Hong Kong (one match) and gained the final chance against Russia (two matches). World Cups have always been a huge endeavour for Uruguay, a nation with no professional set up and whose rugby history is that of ‘suffering’ according to head coach Pablo Lemoine.
WHAT TYPE OF FOOTBALL WILL THEY PLAY?
The game style of Uruguay is based mostly on their forwards. The scrum and the maul are their best attacking weapons. When they are in control of those formations they can be dangerous. However the lack of alternatives in their gameplan when they lose possession may be a significant problem. Uruguay’s group is difficult; they are facing three Tier One nations, England, Wales and Australia and one Tier 2, Fiji. This fact will significantly curtail their possibilities to reach the second round.
WILL THERE BE ONE PARTICULAR GAME THEY TARGET?
Fiji will be the main target for Uruguay. The Fijians are ranked at number 11 and they are technically close with Los Teros.
The second possible target of Uruguay would be Australia. That’s highly unlikely – but their forwards could at least compete against the Wallabies.
DO THEY HAVE ENOUGH PERSONNEL DEPTH?
Hardly. Uruguay has a short roster of players and under these circumstances the injuries could be another factor for Los Teros. The structure of Uruguay Rugby is purely amateur. The team, players, coaches, managers are working mostly with passion and undergoing huge sacrifices.
POST TOURNAMENT HOPES..?
Keep growing and developing rugby in the country. Get more people involved playing, coaching, and recruiting new rugby players in a soccer-mad nation. The RWC provides an opportunity for some of their players to win professional contracts and play at higher levels.
LONG SLOG: Uruguay will relish the adversity they suffer.