Portugal´s two test tour of South America will be ideal preperation for the European nation as it looks to begin its qualifying matches for Rugby World Cup 2015. Portugal´s games in the 2012-2014 European Nations Cup double as World Cup qualifiers. The top two of Belgium, Georgia, Portugal, Romania, Russia and Spain will automatically qualify as Europe 1 and Europe 2. Spain is preparing by touring Namibia this month while Georgia, Romania and Russia will take on Tier Two nations in Europe. Portugal is looking to qualify for its second Rugby World Cup after it made its debut in 2007 and despite being winless it did perform well, particularly against Italy and Romania. It qualified after eliminating Uruguay by one point overt wo matches
Portugal had named twelve European professional players for its South American tour but one player will miss out. The teams best player, Julien Bardy will not tour after the Clermont Auvergne backrower was involved in foul play against Biarritz in a Top 14 match. His loss will be significant to Portugal´s chances. He is the only Top 14 player with the remaining players all being based in either Portugal or in the lower divisions of French or English rugby. The loss of Bardy coincides with Uruguay´s star forward Rodrigo Capó Ortega not returning from Castres for the match.
The tour starts on November 11 with Uruguay hosting Portugal November 17. Chile will host Portugal on November 17.