COM­MIT­MENT TO SUF­FER­ING

NZ Rugby World Tournament Guide - - CON­TENTS -

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.

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