Friday, October 14, 2011
USA aiming for the Gold Medal in Guadalajara
In total there are eight teams divided into two pools of four for the Guadalajara event. Four of the countries come from the CONSUR region, which is the governing body for rugby in South America, while the remaning four come from NACRA which governs ruigby in North America, Central America and the Caribbean. The stucture of the tournament will see all teams finish with a ranking from 1-8 with the top three taking home medals. In order to have a chance of winning a medal it is crucial that one gets through the Pool phase in first or second position. Argentina leads Pool A where they will compete against Guyana, Mexico and Uruguay with Uruguay likely to finish in second position behind the favorites for the Gold Medal, Argentina. Pool B looms as being a more competitive affair with a number of upsets seemingly highly possible. The USA Eagles are the favorites to win the Pool but Canada are very, very close and so the USA vs Canada match is to be the key fixture of the pool stage. The other two teams are Brazil and Chile with Brazil showing tremendous progress in 2011 to defeat Argentina for the first time ever. Whoever wins the Group is all but assured of a place in the Final vs Argentina.
With Thanks: http://www.usarugby.org/