|Brazilian captain, Fernando Portugal|
The 2012 tournament will be divided into the mens and womens sections with ten teams in the mens and eight in the womens division. Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia, Peru, Guatemala and Ecuador will fight it out in the mens division. While Argentina, Uruguay, Chile, Brazil, Paraguay, Venezuela, Colombia and Peru will compete in the womens competition. Ecuador and Guatemala will be competing for the first time with Guatemala having qualified after winning the Central American Sevens event, known as the Rainforest Sevens in December.
The inclusion of ten mens and eight womens teams underlines the extent of rugby progress in South America. It is a further reason for why Argentina must host Rugby World Cup 2023.