Wednesday, April 9, 2014

CONSUR: Brazil prepares for Chile and Uruguay

Brazil is preparing to play host to Chile and Uruguay in a long overdue altered format of the South American Championship. The Confederação Brasileira de Rugby (CBRu) is campaigning hard to attract people to the home matches which are to be played in São Paulo and Bento Gonçalves. Brazil is chasing its rare wins over both countries. 

Brazil will host Chile on April 26 at the Arena Barueri in Greater São Paulo while the home match against Uruguay is to be in the southern most state of Rio Grande do Sul in the city of Bento Gonçalves. It will be played on May 03 at the Estádio da Montanha. The two cities are rugby strongholds in the sense that they are both home to strong Brazilian clubs and have been experiencing increased interest in recent years. 

Joining Brazil, Chile and Uruguay in the 2014 South American Championship is Paraguay which is to also host two matches. Argentina will play against both Chile and Uruguay in away matches. The top two sides, other than Argentina, will earn the right to face Argentina in the 2015 CONSUR A tournament. 

In previous editions of the tournament matches were packed into nine or fewer days which saw too much asked of players and matches were consequently far from being as competitive as possible. Brazil has been experiencing rapid growth in terms of playing numbers but the level of the test side has dropped rather than improved in the IRB World Rankings.

Brazil´s only win over Chile was a 13-9 win in Montevideo in 1981. Brazil has previously defeated Uruguay three times with the first dating back to 1953. The most recent victory was in 1964 and Uruguay has won the fourteen tests since then. The most recent match saw Los Teros completing a 58-7 victory in May 2013.

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