Uruguay at the Rugby World Cup

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Uruguay has competed in three Rugby World Cup tournaments.

A huge success for them was qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. They won their pool fixture against Spain, finishing third in their pool. They qualified for the World Cup again in 2003, and won their pool fixture against Georgia, 24–12.

Uruguay's qualification for the 2007 World Cup started in Americas Round 3a, where they were pooled with Argentina and Chile. After losing their first match 26 points to nil to Argentina, they defeated Chile 43 to 15 in Montevideo, which saw them enter Round 4, where they faced the USA. Uruguay lost on aggregate, and moved on to the repechage round as Americas 4. They played Portugal over two legs - losing the first in Lisbon and winning the second in Montevideo. Portugal qualified on aggregate points. They again failed to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup final tournament.

Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. They did not win any games during the tournament.

Map of countries' best results

By number of appearances[edit]

Nation Number of appearances First appearance Most recent appearance Streak Best result
 Uruguay 3 1999 2015 2 One win, 1999, 2003
Team 1987 1991 1995 1999 2003 2007 2011 2015
Australia and
New Zealand
England South Africa Wales Australia France New Zealand England
16 16 16 20 20 20 20 20
 Uruguay - - - 13th 16th - -

1999 Rugby World Cup (Pool 1)[edit]

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against Points
 South Africa 3 0 0 132 35 6
 Scotland 2 0 1 120 58 4
 Uruguay 1 0 2 42 97 2
 Spain 0 0 3 18 122 0


1999-10-15
South Africa  39 – 3  Uruguay
Tries: Albert van den Bergh (2), Joost van der Westhuizen, Deon Kayser, Robbie Fleck
Con: Jannie de Beer (4)
Pen: Jannie de Beer (2)
Pen: Diego Aguirre
Hampden Park, Glasgow
Referee: Peter Marshall Australia

2003 Rugby World Cup (Pool C)[edit]

Team Won Drawn Lost For Against BP Points
 England 4 0 0 255 47 3 19
 South Africa 3 0 1 184 60 3 15
 Samoa 2 0 2 138 117 2 10
 Uruguay 1 0 3 56 255 0 4
 Georgia 0 0 4 46 200 0 0
2003-10-11
South Africa  72 – 6  Uruguay
Tries: van der Westhuizen (3), van Niekerk, Botha, Delport, Fourie, Bands, Rossouw, Scholtz, Greef
Con: Koen (5), Hougaard
Pen: Aguirre (2)
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 16,906
Referee: Paddy O'Brien New Zealand

2003-10-15
Samoa  60 – 13  Uruguay
Tries: Fa'asavalu (2), Lima (2), Tagicakibau, Fa'atau, Lemalu, Vili, Feaunati, Palepoi
Con: Va'a (3), Vili (2)
Tries: Capó, Lemoine
Pen: Aguirre
Subiaco Oval, Perth
Attendance: 22,020
Referee: David McHugh Ireland

2003-10-28
Georgia  12 – 24  Uruguay
Pen: Urjukashvili, Kvirikashvili (3) Tries: Cardoso, Lamelas, Brignoni
Con: Aguirre (2), Menchaca
Pen: Juan Menchaca
Aussie Stadium, Sydney
Attendance: 28,576
Referee: Kelvin Deaker New Zealand

2003-11-02
England  111 – 13  Uruguay
Tries: Moody, Lewsey (5), Balshaw (2), Catt (2), Gomarsall (2), Luger, Abbott, Robinson (2), Greenwood
Con: Grayson (11), Catt (2)
Tries: Lemoine
Con: Menchaca
Pen: Menchaca (2)
Suncorp Stadium, Brisbane
Attendance: 46,233
Referee: Nigel Whitehouse Wales

2007 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

2011 Rugby World Cup[edit]

Did not qualify.

2015 Rugby World Cup[edit]

During 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifying, Uruguay won the 2013 South American Rugby Championship "A", getting wins at the Estadio Charrúa against Brazil (58–7) and Chile (23–9). In March 2014, Uruguay faced the United States in a NACRA-CONSUR playoff for the last Americas qualification spot. Uruguay tied the home leg 27–27, but lost the away leg 32–13. Uruguay then moved to the repechage, where it defeated Hong Kong 28–3 at the Estadio Charrúa, to face Russia for the 20th and final spot at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. Uruguay qualified for the 2015 Rugby World Cup by defeating Russia by an aggregate score of 57–49 in the two-game series, winning the second game at home 36–27 in front of 14,000 fans at the Charrua Stadium.[1]

Uruguay played in Pool A.[2] The pool was composed of hosts England, as well as the third- and fourth-placed teams from 2011, Australia and Wales. They were joined by two qualifiers, Fiji and Uruguay. The group has been called the 'group of death'.[3]

Overall Record[edit]

Uruguay vs Played Win Draw Lost Win %
 England 1 0 0 1 0%
 Georgia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Samoa 1 0 0 1 0%
 Scotland 1 0 0 1 0%
 Spain 1 1 0 0 100%
 South Africa 2 0 0 2 0%
Overall 7 2 0 5 28%

Team Records[edit]

Most Points in a Game
Biggest Winning Margin
Highest Score Against
Biggest Losing Margin
Most Tries in a Game

Individual Records[edit]

Most Points Overall
  • 30 Diego Aguirre (1999,2003)
  • 20 Juan Menchaca (1999,2003)
  • 10 Alfonso Cardoso (1999,2003)
  • 10 Pablo Lemoine (1999,2003)
  • 5 Federico Sciarra (1999)
  • 5 Nicolas Brignoni (1999)
  • 5 Diego Ormaechea (1999)
  • 5 Rodrigo Capo (2003)
  • 5 Diego Lamelas (1999,2003)
Most Points in a Game
Most Tries Overall
Most Penalty Goals
Most Penalty Goals in a Game

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015", IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  2. ^ "World Cup 2015 schedule". BBC Sport. 2 May 2013. Retrieved 2 May 2013. 
  3. ^ "Back down to earth! From glory to pool of death for England after World Cup draw". Daily Mail. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 18 June 2015.