Tuesday, May 20, 2014

CONSUR: Paraguay set to join Americas Rugby Championship

El Americas Rugby Championship (ARC) es un torneo de selecciones campeonas de rugby de América, creado en el 2009.
La selección paraguaya de Rugby, Los YACARES, siguen haciendo historia, pues por primera vez fueron designados por la IRB, para competir en el certamen internacional denominado AMERICAS RUGBY CHAMPIONSHIP, que se disputará en octubre de este año en Canadá, con la participación de la selección anfitriona, Estados Unidos (Las Aguilas) y Argentina (Los Jaguares).
La obtención por parte de los Yacarés del VICECAMPEONATO del Sudamericano A, empieza a da sus buenos frutos. 
Image: URP
Paraguay's recent impressive performances in the South American Championship are set to reap tremendous dividends as Los Yacares are to be confirmed as competing in the 2014 Americas Rugby Championship which is to take place in Canada in October. 

The official facebook page of the Unión de Rugby Del Paraguay (URP) posted the news that as a result of finishing second in the South American Championship behind Uruguay it has earned the right to participate in the 2014 Americas Rugby Championship. 

Comments from the union would appear to confirm that Paraguay will indeed play in the October tournament. Argentina, Canada and the USA use the tournament to identify potential players for international duty. Uruguay participated in the 2014 tournament but was not mentioned by the URP in the plans for this years edition.

Uruguay is likely to be involved in Rugby World Cup qualification matches in November. To get there it firstly needs to face and defeat Asia 2, likely to be Hong Kong and then take-on the winner of Europe 3 v Africa 2. Should Uruguay not participate it would be due to dates failing to allow for participation in both. 

The Americas Rugby Championship has existed since 2009. There have been calls for Chile to be added but in having been defeated by Brazil last month Chile finished fourth in the competition. In finishing second, behind Uruguay, Paraguay confirmed it will host a test against Argentina in 2015. 

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