|Photo El Diario: Aerial View of the Estadio Churrua|
Following the confirmation that the governing body of rugby in Uruguay, the URU, is to receive an increase of 25% in funding from the IRB the number two ranked South American rugby country can prepare for Rugby World Cup qualification matches in greater confidence.
Uruguay´s qualifying matches for Rugby World Cups 2007 and 2011 were highly complicated due to a lack of funding and a comparably difficult qualifying campaign in comparison to other regions, notably Africa. But with Uruguay set to face the USA in March Los Teros will be better prepared than ever against the constantly improving USA Eagles.
The likely outcome is, nonetheless, going to be victory for the North Americans but Uruguay will have a realistic chance of qualifying for England and Wales 2015 via repercharge. While the winner will qualify as Americas 2 for the World Cup the loser will face other regional runners-up with Asia, Africa and Europe all set to have teams battling it out with Americas 3 for the right to be the Play-Off Winner.
Uruguay can look forward to the challenges ahead knowing that the players representing the country will have been exposed to significantly improved training facilities at the national Uruguayan rugby centre, the Estadio Churrua in Montevideo. An agreement between the URU and the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (Ministerio de Transporte y Obras Públicas) has seen an agreement signed to contribute to the enlarging of the gymnasium at the national rugby stadium.
The agreement will see the government paying U$1,500,000 pesos while the URU will contribute the remaining U$2,300,000 pesos. The total cost is thus to be U$3,536,000 pesos or, roughly, US$162,492.