|The Groups that will participate in Viña Mar at International Level|
One of the biggest events in the Chilean rugby calendar is just around the corner as the city of Viña del Mar is to host the prestigious annual Sevens competition on January 17 and 18.
The competition to be held in Chile is the second leg of the 2013-2014 Circuito Sudamericano (South American Sevens Circuit) which began in the north eastern Argentine city of Corrientes on November 30. Argentina won the event and will be favorites to win in Chile but the Chileans impressed at the 2013 event in Viña del Mar by becoming champions.
Viña del Mar will host the third leg with the second making place in the Argentine city of Mar del Plata on January 11 and 12. The 2014 Sevens competition in the Uruguayan city of Punta del Este will not be a part of the CONSUR competition. There are, however, plans to expand the Circuito Sudamericano to have more events with possibly both Uruguay and Brazil being added.
The Chilean squad has been announced and training is well underway with the home side looking to finish in the top two of Group A, which also includes Argentina, and aim to then reach the final. Chile will be up against the lower ranked Sevens sides from Colombia and Venezuela and should it finish second behind Argentina then it would likely face Uruguay from Group B. Uruguay leads a group which also contains Brazil, Paraguay and Peru.
The twelve man Chilean squad features four players who have been training in New Zealand at the Sumner club in Chirstchurch. Of the four three made such an impression that they were called up to play for Canterbury in New Zealand´s professional domestic competition the ITM Cup. As such all eyes will be on Ignacio Silva, Felipe Brangier and Francico González in Viña del Mar.
Pablo Verschae (Viña RC)
Francisco Neira (Old John's)
Tomás Ianiszewski (Old Lock's)
Germán Herrera (Viña RC)
Francisco Urroz (Old Reds)
Juan Pablo Larenas (Universidad Católica)
Matías Balbontín (Old Mack's)
Ignacio Silva (Sumner, New Zealand)
Pablo Metuaze (Sumner, New Zealand)
Felipe Brangier (Sumner, New Zealand)
Francisco González (Sumner, New Zealand)
Mauricio Urrutia Lues (Sporting)