Saturday, March 21, 2015

International Rugby: 2015 South American Championship Details

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The 2015 South American Championship is to be played in April and May. The four nations competition will feature Brazil, Chile, Paraguay and Uruguay and be followed by the three team CONSUR Cup contested between Argentina, Chile and Uruguay. The competition is to be a crucial stage of Uruguay's preparation for Rugby World Cup 2015. The second ranked South American rugby team, Los Teros, are to play in a World Cup for the first time since 2003. The model is identical to that utilized in 2014 but with the fixtures in reverse. As such Uruguay will play at home against Brazil and Paraguay and face their closest rivals, Chile, in an away encounter west of the Andes mountains. 

The 2015 South American Championship is quickly approaching and has had it's dates and matches confirmed. With there being four teams there are some with two home matches and others with just one. This year Chile and Uruguay will have the advantage of playing twice at home with both Brazil and Paraguay having done so in 2014. 

Uruguay enter the tournament as favorites based on a combination of having won the competition in 2014, before subsequently securing the final place at Rugby World Cup 2015, and being the top ranked competitor of the four in the World Rugby World Rankings. In 2014 Los Teros defeated Paraguay34-10, Brazil 34-9 and Chile 55-13. 

Uruguay will open the tournament with a home match against Paraguay on April 11 in what is to be the only fixture that weekend. Seven days later Uruguay will play host to Brazil while Paraguay will do so against Chile. In the third weekend Chile will host Brazil on April 25 thus completing two matches per team. The competition will then end on May 09 with Brazil v Paraguay in Bento Gonçalves and Chile hosting Uruguay. 

Although CONSUR is yet to announce the dates or fixtures for the 2015 South American Championship the unions of Brazil and Uruguay have both made known where and when they are to be playing there matches on social media. 

April 11
Uruguay v Paraguay
April 18
Uruguay v Brazil
April 18
Paraguay v Chile
April 25
Chile v Brazil
May 09
Brazil v Paraguay
May 09
Chile v Uruguay

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