2015 Rugby World Cup – repechage qualification

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Uruguay vs Russia

For the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, there were three inter-confederation play-offs to determine the final qualification spot to the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The process ended with the 20th and final team to qualify for the World Cup. Four teams, the best non-qualifier from each region except Oceania, competed for the last place at the Rugby World Cup finals in England.[1] Uruguay won the final play, thus becoming the 20th qualifier for the World Cup and joins hosts England, Australia, Wales and Fiji in Pool A.


The play-off was contested on a knockout basis, with one-game semi-finals and a two-legged home and away final. One semi-final featured the third place team from European qualification and the second place team from African qualification. The other saw the third placed team from the Americas qualification and the second place team from the Asia qualification.

The host of each semi-final was the team with the higher IRB Ranking at the moment when it becomes known who the two teams were.


Confederation Placement Team
Africa Round Three runner-up  Zimbabwe (27)
Americas Round Three third  Uruguay (19)
Asia Round Three runner-up  Hong Kong (23)
Europe Round Six winner  Russia (20)


Preliminary round[edit]

The first match was contested between Russia and Zimbabwe, and the second match between Uruguay and Hong Kong. Upon completion of African qualifying on July 6, Russia outranked Zimbabwe 20th to 27th and thus earned the right to host. Likewise, upon completion of Asian qualifying on May 25, Uruguay outranked Hong Kong 20th to 23rd to earn the right to host.

2 August 2014
19:00 KRAT (UTC+08)
Russia  23–15  Zimbabwe
Try: Klyuchnikov 7' m
Simplikevich 24' m
Gresev 51' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/3) 52'
Pen: Kushnarev (2/3) 2', 73'
Stats[2] Try: Groenewald 27' c
Chitokwindo 78' m
Con: Cronjé (1/2) 28'
Pen: Cronjé (1/3) 48'
Central Stadium, Krasnoyarsk
Attendance: 6,500[3]
Referee: Nigel Owens (Wales)

2 August 2014
15:45 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  28–3  Hong Kong
Try: Berchesi 69' m
Magno 80' m
Pen: Ormaechea (5/8) 3', 28', 57', 67', 74'
Berchesi (1/1) 43'
Stats[4] Pen: McAdam (1/1) 13'

Qualification round[edit]

The final stage of the Repechage qualification, and Rugby World Cup qualification, was a two-legged series between Russia and Uruguay. As Uruguay were the higher ranked team upon completion of the preliminary round, they traveled to Russia for the first leg and host the second. Uruguay won the series with an aggregate score of 57–49.

First leg[edit]

27 September 2014
16:00 KRAT (UTC+08)
Russia  22–21  Uruguay
Try: G. Tsnobiladze 39' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/1) 40'
Pen: Kushnarev (5/5) 2', 20', 33', 53', 66'
Stats[5] Pen: Berchesi (7/9) 4', 18', 26', 37', 56', 60', 63'
Central Stadium, Krasnoyarsk
Attendance: 4,000
Referee: George Clancy (Ireland)

Second leg[edit]

11 October 2014
15:45 UYT (UTC-03)
Uruguay  36–27  Russia
Try: Prada 45' c
Corral 54' c
Ormaechea 63' c
Con: Berchesi (3/3) 46', 55', 64'
Pen: Berchesi (5/6) 14', 19', 32', 34', 77'
Stats[6] Try: Yanyushkin 38' m
Artemyev 72' c
Con: Kushnarev (1/2) 73'
Pen: Kushnarev (5/6) 10', 21', 24', 36', 45'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Attendance: 14,000
Referee: Romain Poite (France)


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