Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Uruguay to play in inaugural IRB Tbilisi Cup

This year, instead of just the IRB Nations Cup which is held in Romania, the IRB have decided to hold two tournaments of 4 teams, one being the IRB Natons Cup which will remain in Romania, but also Georgia will host a tournament called the IRB Tbilisi Cup. The tournament is a very short one, it will contain 3 matches for each side all packed in to just over a week from June 7.
Uruguay will pack down at the IRB Tbilisi Cup
in June 2013.

Uruguay, who featured in the IRB Nations Cup last year will travel to Georgia this year instead, and the opposition will be Georgia of course, South Africa President's XV (likely a team of Currie Cup Division 1 players similar to the SA Barbarians side that faced England last year), and Emerging Ireland (Irish selection of players not involved on the North American tour). The date of the tournament means that Uruguay will fly out not long after the country plays host to a midweek match with England on June 2.

None of the sides taking part will likely be that strong with Georgia likely to be mainly selecting home based players and missing the players from the Top 14, however Uruguay will still likely be odds on to lose all their games and this will be a hard test for Pablo Lemoine's side who may not be able to get to full strength either.

Meanwhile, Argentina Jaguars are said to be likely to play in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania. One thing that is noteworthy is that Uruguay's South American rivals Chile continue to not get invited to tournaments like these. Chile are pretty much as good as Uruguay and actually gave the touring Portugal a tougher match than Uruguay did last November. But despite being stronger at junior level, Chile really struggle for any quantity of matches whatsoever, and it seems it will continue like this for them unless they reach a Rugby World Cup, or at least repechage round.

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