Wednesday, April 10, 2013

England to play midweek match in Uruguay on tour

According to Uruguayan rugby website Rugby News. England are set to play a match in Uruguay at the Estadio Charrúa on June 2 their visit to South America.

The side will be coached by both the head coach of Uruguay Pablo Lemoine and Argentina Santiago Phelan. The side will be a South America XV, made out of mostly players from Argentina and Uruguay but also from Brazil and Chile, with all nations form the South American Championship to be represented.
Argentina v Sudamerica XV
Argentina and the South American
XV pose after their match in 2011.
The match is great news for South American rugby. It will be the opportunity of a lifetime for players from Uruguay, Brazil and Chile to face England and will hopefully add an extra incentive to players in the South American Championship to perform. It is also a massive coup by the URU to organise England to play in their country, which to my knowledge will be a first, and that should hopefully gain some interest and revenue into Uruguayan rugby.

There is a concern though. A CONSUR XV faced Argentina in 2011 as a RWC warm up match and were lambs to the slaughter, with Argentina coasting to an easy 78-15 thrashing. That side didn't end up being the best of South American rugby, and more just a selection of players, but they will need a proper South American XV with the likes of Chile's Sergio Valdes and Pablo Huete and Uruguay's Rodrigo Capo Ortega and Mario Sagario, alongside some of the Pampas XV squad otherwise they will be slaughtered again like they were by Argentina in 2011.

There has also been another midweek game confirmed for England on the tour. But as yet there is no word on who the opposition will be.

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