Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Subhosting possibilities - (I) Uruguay

Argentina has sufficient venues to host a Rugby World Cup on its own but the possibility, nevertheless, exists for a Rugby World Cup in Argentina to have subhosts similar to what France did in 2007 and what both England and Japan are planning on doing for both 2015 and 2019. France delivered arguably the best Rugby World Cup of all time by utilizing ten stadiums around the country. The one draw back of the tournament was the sub-hosting of matches in Scotland and Wales with crowds in both nations not being the same as those in France apart from for the Tier One vs Tier One matches.  Wales´ Millenium Stadium could press its case as being the world´s leading rugby stadium due to is modern facilities, size and a close view for all spectators regardless of the seating. It has been shortlisted and all but confirmed as a venue for England 2015 due to its capacity of 74,500 and its location as the best large venue for people in England´ southwest. As such it will be used for a fourth Rugby World Cup, a record. 

Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Uruguay, despite being surplus to the requirements of 10-12 stadiums could well be used in a bid to make Argentina 2023 a true South American event. The country has large stadiums but should games be moved to Uruguay the idea would not be to ensure larger crowds,  but to take the games to the people. It would be similar to that of New Zealand 2011 which saw small provincial centres hosting matches. Los Pumas, for instance faced Romania in Invercargill and Georgia in Palmerston North. The World Cup capacity of these two venues wass 18,000 and 17,000 and had crowds of 12,605 and 13,754 for Argentina´ two matches. The home venue of Los Teros, Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo has a capacity of 14,000 and regularly sees crowds of around the 10,000 mark attend Uruguay´ home matches. The venue was used for Uruguay´ home World Cup Qualifying matches for Rugby World Cup 2011 with good crowds attending matches against the United States of America, Kazakhstan and Romania

In addition to Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo has a number of similar sized venues which could be considered which suggests that the option of Uruguay hosting two Pool matches could indeed be seriously considered. The city is located 230KM from Buenos Aires and is easily accessed via a ferry ride from the Argentine capital. Uruguay is also a two time participant at Rugby World Cup´ having played in the 1999 and 2003 tournaments. The team remains one of the leading Tier Three nations in the world, currently ranked 21st in the world


  1. Well stadium, beautiful city, weather same as Buenos Aires, Montevideo is, also, not more of 200 kms. of the principal Argentines borders cities (Concordia, Gualeguaychú, both in the Province of Entre Ríos, proximately 600 kms. to Córdoba, 1000 to Tucumán, 600 to Buenos Aires). The transportation by land (car or good buses) from Buenos Aires to Montevideo is about 700 kms,and 1/2 hour by airplane. Punta del Este is other attracive city in Uruguay, but is 150 kms to the East of Montevideo. Is a beautiful city, with hotels of the highest category for capable tourists, but in the time of a RWC is cold, due to the Atlantic's wind.

  2. If you visit us, please do it in a proper stadium! In addition to the Estadio Cententario, we will have the Nacional and Peñarol stadiums. Also, building a proper stadium in Punta del Este should be considered. Good luck!