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Uruguay national rugby union team

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Uruguay
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Los Teros
EmblemSouthern lapwing
UnionUruguayan Rugby Union
Head coachRodolfo Ambrosio
CaptainAndrés Vilaseca
Most capsDiego Magno (105)
Top scorerFelipe Berchesi (369)
Top try scorerDiego Ormaechea (33)
Home stadiumEstadio Charrúa
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current17 (as of 11 September 2023)
Highest14 (2005)
Lowest23 (2012, 2013, 2017)
First international
 Chile 21–3 Uruguay 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 5 August 1948)
Biggest win
 Paraguay 6–102 Uruguay 
(Puerto Iguazú, Argentina; 14 May 2011)
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 134–3 Uruguay 
(East London, South Africa; 11 June 2005)
World Cup
Appearances5 (First in 1999)
Best resultPool stage (1999, 2003, 2015, 2019)
Websiteuru.org.uy/teros-xv-3

The Uruguay national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección de rugby de Uruguay), nicknamed Los Teros, represents the Uruguayan Rugby Union in men's international rugby union . One of the older test sides in the world, Uruguay has qualified five times for the Rugby World Cup, in 1999, 2003, 2015, 2019 and most recently 2023. As of 10 July 2023 they are ranked 17th in the world, and are ranked 2nd in the Americas region, behind rivals Argentina.

Uruguay has consistently been one of the better fringe international sides in rugby union, having consistently beaten Tier 2/3 competition from across the globe. Uruguay won the South American Rugby Championship in 1981, the only time (pre-2014) that a team other than Argentina won the tournament. They came second on 19 occasions and third the remaining 9. As of 2012, Uruguay has been classified as a Tier 2 nation, which allows them to receive more funding from World Rugby.

Their home stadium is Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo and holds up to 14,000 people. Estadio Domingo Burgueño has also been used for some fixtures in the Americas Rugby Championship.

The nickname Los Teros refers to the national bird of Uruguay, the southern lapwing (Vanellus chilensis).

History

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1900s–60s

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Uruguay v. Chile in the 1951 South American championship held in Buenos Aires
The southern lapwing, commonly seen in uruguayan sport fields, became the emblem of the Uruguayan National Rugby Team.

There are reports of rugby football being played in Uruguay as early as 1865.[1] The game was introduced by British immigrants, with the game being more popularized by the Congregation of Christian Brothers, who were of Irish origin. Because of this, Uruguay has one of the oldest rugby cultures outside the British Isles, and one of the most established in the South America.

Uruguay made their official international debut in 1948, in a game against Chile, which Uruguay lost 21–3. Following their debut match, they returned to competition in the Pan American Games, first against the more experienced Argentina, resulting in a 0–62 loss. Uruguay then faced Chile for the second time, defeating them by 8–3. The final match of the competition was a 17–10 win over Brazil. Uruguay thus became runners up in the first unofficial South American Rugby Championship.

Uruguay, after a four years hiatus, played Chile in 1956, who defeated them by 6–3. In 1958, they played for the first official South American Rugby Championship, in a pool of three countries. They first played Chile, this time losing by 9–34. The Teros met again Argentina, having another loss, this time by 3–50. Uruguay managed to defeat Peru (10–6) in the last game.

In 1960, Uruguay faced for the first time one of the powers of the Northern Hemisphere rugby, France XV, losing by 0–61 in Montevideo during a South American tour. Uruguay after this match entered their second South American Rugby Championship. They first won against Brazil in a close game (11–8), then losing to Chile (5–28) and Argentina (3–36) in the closest result to then between both countries.

1970s – 1980s

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The 1970s started off with a win over Paraguay in 1971, which was followed by a win and loss against Chile and a win against Brazil. They also played Argentina twice in the 1970s. However, they won all their matches except for those against Argentina, as well as losing one game against Chile and drawing another. However, the next game against Argentina, two years later in 1979, Uruguay came close to defeating the Pumas, going down by just three points, the final score being 19 to 16.

The 1980s started off with a 54 to 14 win over Paraguay, which resulted in a winning streak that was stopped by Argentina in 1983. In 1985, France visited Montevideo for a second time to play the Teros, beating the locals 34–6. Another short undefeated streak occurred over 1987/1989, which was broken by a 19 to 17 loss against Chile. This was followed by a sound loss to Argentina and loss to a new opponent, the United States Eagles.

1990s

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The 1990s started off with wins against of Chile, Brazil and Paraguay. This was followed by more wins over their traditional opponents, though Uruguay still lost to Argentina, they also played Canada in a competitive 28–9 loss in 1995. Uruguay played some of the bigger nations such as Argentina, Canada and the United States, although the Canada and U.S. games were a lot closer than some of their previous encounters.

A huge success for them was qualifying for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales. They won their pool fixture against Spain, Uruguay finished third in their pool.

2000–present

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Uruguay came within 10 points of Argentina in 2001, and also played nations such as Italy in the same year. Uruguay won most of their matches against their traditional Americas opponents in the early 2000s. Later in 2002, Uruguay defeated Canada, winning 25–23. They followed this up with a 10–9 win over the United States. They again qualified for the 2003 World Cup. They won their pool fixture against Georgia 24–12.

Uruguay's qualification for the 2007 World Cup started in Americas Round 3a, where they were grouped with Argentina and Chile. After losing their first match 26–0 to Argentina, they defeated Chile 43–15 in Montevideo, which saw them enter Round 4. In round 4 they faced the United States, and Uruguay lost on aggregate, and moved onto the repechage round as Americas 4. Uruguay played Portugal in the repechage over two legs — losing the first in Lisbon and winning the second in Montevideo — but lost on aggregate points and failed to qualify.

Uruguay lost the 2011 Rugby World Cup qualification. Uruguay had won the 2009 South American Rugby Championship "A" by defeating Brazil and Chile at the Estadio Charrúa. Uruguay then lost to the United States 22–27 and 6–27. In the repechage, Uruguay defeated Kazakhstan 44–7, but in the battle for the 20th and final spot at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, Uruguay tied Romania at home 21–21 and lost 12–32 in Bucharest.

2015 Rugby World Cup repechage qualifier match between Uruguay and Russia

During the 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.[2]

Estadio Charrúa in Montevideo, home of Los Teros.

Uruguay claimed three wins and two losses at the 2016 Americas Rugby Championship, but ranked fourth out of six because they only scored two bonus points. In 2017 the team also claimed three wins and two losses, finishing third. On 3 February 2018, Los Teros qualified for 2019 Rugby World Cup as Americas 2 after beating Canada in the home-away leg, and started it with a surprising 30-27 win over Fiji on 25 September: it was Uruguay’s first World Cup win in 16 years.[3][4]

On 30 October 2019, nightclub in southwestern Japan filed criminal complaint against players from the Uruguay team for 2019 Rugby World Cup for allegedly damaging property.[5]

In 2021, Uruguay qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup as Americas 1, after a 1-1 series draw with the United States They lost the first game 19-16, but won the second game 34-15. They won on aggregate points (50-34) and are in Pool A with New Zealand, France, Italy and Namibia.

Record

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Overall record

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Top 20 as of 22 July 2024[6]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 093.11
2 Steady  Ireland 092.12
3 Steady  New Zealand 090.37
4 Steady  France 086.96
5 Steady  England 085.40
6 Steady  Scotland 082.82
7 Steady  Argentina 081.64
8 Steady  Italy 079.98
9 Steady  Australia 078.96
10 Steady  Fiji 077.44
11 Steady  Wales 076.04
12 Steady  Georgia 074.10
13 Steady  Samoa 073.65
14 Steady  Japan 071.63
15 Steady  Portugal 070.61
16 Steady  Tonga 068.66
17 Steady  Uruguay 067.39
18 Increase1  Spain 066.29
19 Decrease1  United States 066.01
20 Steady  Romania 062.62
21 Steady  Canada 061.87
22 Steady  Chile 061.39
23 Increase1  Hong Kong 060.40
24 Decrease1  Namibia 060.23
25 Steady  Russia 058.06
26 Steady   Switzerland 057.44
27 Steady  Netherlands 057.29
28 Steady  Belgium 056.46
29 Steady  Brazil 054.49
30 Steady  Zimbabwe 053.33
* Change from the previous week
Uruguay's historical rankings
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Source: World Rugby[6]
Graph updated to 22 July 2024

Uruguay has lost all official matches versus Argentina, but has a winning record against their other South American rivals such as Chile, Paraguay, and Brazil. They played Chile for the fiftieth time during the 2023 Rugby World Cup warm-up matches, winning 26–25.[7][8]

Regarding tier 2 teams, Uruguay has winning records against Namibia, Spain, Portugal and Russia, and losing records against the United States, Canada, Japan, Georgia, Romania, and Fiji.

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Uruguay national XV at test level up until 22 July 2024.[9]

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 40 0 40 0 0.00% 401 1,732 −1,331
 Argentina XV 15 5 9 1 33.33% 329 530 −201
 Argentina Jaguars 2 0 2 0 0.00% 40 101 −61
 Australia 2 0 2 0 0.00% 13 110 −97
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 39 13 +26
 Brazil 31 28 3 0 90.32% 1060 328 +732
 Canada 13 5 8 0 33.33% 232 370 −138
 Chile 50 39 10 1 78% 1229 753 +476
Ireland Emerging Ireland 3 0 3 0 0.00% 43 126 −83
 England 2 0 2 0 0.00% 16 171 −155
 Fiji 4 1 3 0 25.00% 76 181 −105
 Fiji XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 24 −21
 Fiji Warriors 3 1 2 0 33.33% 73 82 −9
 France 2 0 2 0 0.00% 40 70 −30
 France XV 3 0 3 0 0.00% 16 136 −120
 Georgia 7 2 5 0 28.57% 104 175 −71
 Germany 1 0 1 0 0.00% 21 24 −3
 Hong Kong 1 1 0 0 100.00% 28 3 +25
 Italy 5 0 5 0 0.00% 52 147 −95
 Emerging Italy 4 2 2 0 50.00% 90 89 +1
 Italy A 1 0 1 0 0% 13 31 –18
 Japan 5 1 4 0 20.00% 54 165 −111
 Kazakhstan 1 1 0 0 100.00% 44 7 +37
 Morocco 2 1 1 0 50.00% 36 24 +12
 Namibia 6 5 1 0 83.33% 204 156 +48
 New Zealand 1 0 1 0 0.00% 0 73 −73
 New Zealand XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 64 −61
 Paraguay 26 25 0 1 96.15% 1322 238 +1084
 Peru 1 1 0 0 100.00% 10 6 +4
 Portugal 10 7 3 0 70.00% 234 142 +92
 Romania 13 2 10 1 15.38% 188 354 −166
 Russia 9 5 4 0 55.55% 231 215 +16
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.00% 13 60 −47
 Scotland 1 0 1 0 0.00% 12 43 −31
 Scotland A 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 27 −24
 South Africa 3 0 3 0 0.00% 12 245 −233
South Africa South Africa President's XV 1 0 1 0 0.00% 9 37 −28
 Spain 13 7 6 0 53.85% 250 198 +52
 United States 20 4 15 1 20% 361 612 −251
 Venezuela 1 1 0 0 100.00% 92 8 +84
 Wales 2 0 2 0 0.00% 22 89 −67
Total 309 145 159 5 46.93% 7,018 7,959 −941

World Cup record

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Rugby World Cup record Qualification
Year Round Pld W D L PF PA Squad Head coach Pos Pld W D L PF PA
New Zealand Australia 1987 Not invited Not invited
England France Ireland Scotland Wales 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1995 Did not qualify 2nd 3 2 0 1 91 28
Wales 1999 Pool Stage 3 1 0 2 42 97 Squad D. Herrera 4th 9 5 0 4 209 188
Australia 2003 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 56 255 Squad D. Ormaechea 2nd 6 3 0 3 115 144
France 2007 Did not qualify 2nd 6 2 0 4 86 140
New Zealand 2011 1st 6 2 1 3 178 126
England 2015 Pool Stage 4 0 0 4 30 226 Squad P. Lemoine 1st 9 6 1 2 260 168
Japan 2019 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 60 140 Squad E. Meneses 1st 8 8 0 0 318 160
France 2023 Pool Stage 4 1 0 3 65 164 Squad 1st 4 3 0 1 101 57
Total 19 4 0 15 253 882 51 31 2 18 1358 1011
  Champions    Runners-up    Third place    Fourth place Home venue

Current squad

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On 1 July, newly appointed head coach Rodolfo Ambrosio named a 36-man squad for Uruguay's July test matches against France, Argentina and Scotland.[10]

Head Coach: Argentina Rodolfo Ambrosio

  • Caps Updated: 20 July 2024 (after game v Argentina)
Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Germán Kessler Hooker (1994-07-01) 1 July 1994 (age 30) 67 France Montauban
Joaquín Myszka Hooker (2002-04-15) 15 April 2002 (age 22) 0 Uruguay Peñarol
Guillermo Pujadas Hooker (1997-02-06) 6 February 1997 (age 27) 33 United States Chicago Hounds
Diego Arbelo Prop (1994-08-19) 19 August 1994 (age 29) 23 Italy Colorno
Mathias Franco Prop (1996-05-03) 3 May 1996 (age 28) 21 Uruguay Peñarol
Ignacio Péculo Prop (1999-02-22) 22 February 1999 (age 25) 18 United States Chicago Hounds
Mateo Perillo Prop (2000-11-11) 11 November 2000 (age 23) 2 Uruguay Peñarol
Reinaldo Piussi Prop (1999-05-18) 18 May 1999 (age 25) 8 United States Miami Sharks
Mateo Sanguinetti Prop (1992-07-26) 26 July 1992 (age 31) 86 Uruguay Peñarol
Felipe Aliaga Lock (1999-09-14) 14 September 1999 (age 24) 10 Uruguay Peñarol
Ignacio Dotti Lock (1994-08-18) 18 August 1994 (age 29) 63 United States Old Glory
Manuel Leindekar Lock (1997-04-23) 23 April 1997 (age 27) 34 France Bayonne
Diego Magno Lock (1989-04-27) 27 April 1989 (age 35) 106 United States American Raptors
Agustín Morales Lock (1998-03-03) 3 March 1998 (age 26) 0 Uruguay Peñarol
Manuel Ardao Back row (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 25) 29 United States Miami Sharks
Lucas Bianchi Back row (2001-03-26) 26 March 2001 (age 23) 14 Uruguay Peñarol
Santiago Civetta Back row (1998-02-28) 28 February 1998 (age 26) 32 Uruguay Peñarol
Carlos Deus Back row (2001-07-05) 5 July 2001 (age 23) 8 Uruguay Peñarol
Manuel Diana Back row (1996-03-07) 7 March 1996 (age 28) 43 Uruguay Peñarol
Manuel Rosmarino Back row (2003-01-05) 5 January 2003 (age 21) 0 Uruguay Peñarol
Santiago Álvarez Scrum-half (2001-12-24) 24 December 2001 (age 22) 8 Uruguay Peñarol
Santiago Arata Scrum-half (1996-09-02) 2 September 1996 (age 27) 50 France Castres Olympique
Felipe Etcheverry Fly-half (1996-06-23) 23 June 1996 (age 28) 26 United States Miami Sharks
Matías D’Avanzo Fly-half (1999-03-09) 9 March 1999 (age 25) 0 Uruguay Old Boys
Juan Manuel Alonso Centre (2001-09-19) 19 September 2001 (age 22) 11 Uruguay Peñarol
Felipe Arcos Pérez Centre (2001-05-17) 17 May 2001 (age 23) 11 Uruguay Peñarol
Tomás Inciarte Centre (1996-10-22) 22 October 1996 (age 27) 37 United States Miami Sharks
Joaquín Suárez Centre (2003-05-11) 11 May 2003 (age 21) 1 Uruguay Peñarol
Andrés Vilaseca (c) Centre (1991-05-08) 8 May 1991 (age 33) 81 France Vannes
Bautista Basso Wing (2001-01-18) 18 January 2001 (age 23) 8 Uruguay Peñarol
Ignacio Facciolo Wing (1998-12-28) 28 December 1998 (age 25) 1 Uruguay Peñarol
Nicolás Freitas Wing (1993-07-03) 3 July 1993 (age 31) 55 France Vannes
Gastón Mieres Wing (1989-10-05) 5 October 1989 (age 34) 84 Uruguay Peñarol
Mateo Viñals Wing (1998-10-07) 7 October 1998 (age 25) 5 Uruguay Peñarol
Ignacio Álvarez Fullback (2002-02-28) 28 February 2002 (age 22) 3 Uruguay Peñarol
Baltazar Amaya Fullback (1999-05-26) 26 May 1999 (age 25) 12 Uruguay Peñarol
Juan Bautista Hontou Fullback (2001-10-05) 5 October 2001 (age 22) 1 Uruguay Peñarol

Individual all-time records

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Most matches

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# Player Pos Tenure Mat Start Sub Pts Tries Won Lost Draw %
1 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 106 65 41 60 12 50 54 2 48.00
2 Mateo Sanguinetti Prop 2014- 86 72 14 20 4 44 42 0 54.28
3 Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 84 73 11 85 17 45 37 2 56.57
4 Andres Vilaseca Center 2013- 81 78 3 100 16 44 36 1 58.33
5 Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012-2023 78 71 7 114 19 41 37 0 56.71
6 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008-2019 76 63 13 120 24 32 42 2 43.42
Mario Sagario Prop 2006-2019 76 53 23 5 1 32 42 2 43.42
8 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2010-2019 71 66 5 35 7 34 35 2 49.29
Alejandro Nieto Number 8 2012-2019 71 62 9 35 7 40 30 1 57.04
10 Carlos Arboleya Hooker 2004-2018 67 39 28 25 5 29 37 1 44.02
German Kessler Hooker 2015- 67 51 16 100 20 38 29 0 55.80
Rodrigo Sanchez Prop 1996-2009 67 58 9 25 5 26 41 0 38.80

Last updated: Uruguay vs Argentina, 20 July 2024. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries

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# Player Pos Span Mat Start Sub Pts Tries
1 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 51 3 151 33
2 Leandro Leivas Wing 2008-2019 76 63 13 120 24
3 German Kessler Hooker 2015- 67 51 16 100 20
4 Rodrigo Silva Fullback 2012-2023 78 77 7 114 19
5 Gaston Mieres Fullback 2010- 84 73 11 85 17
6 Andrés Vilaseca Center 2013- 81 78 3 100 16
7 Santiago Arata Scrum-half 2016- 50 34 16 75 15
8 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 38 2 272 14
9 Alfonso Cardoso Centre 1995-2003 38 35 3 67 13
10 Diego Magno Flanker 2008- 106 65 41 60 12

Last updated: Uruguay vs Argentina, 20 July 2024. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points

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# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1 Felipe Berchesi Fly-half 2011- 49 381 3 57 83 1
2 Federico Sciarra Scrum-half 1990-1999 40 272 14 36 44 1
3 Juan Menchaca Fullback 1998-2007 39 254 6 28 51 5
4 Jerónimo Etcheverry Fly-half 2008-2016 45 213 8 37 30 3
5 Mathias Arocena Fly-half 2005-2014 36 204 8 25 37 1
6 Federico Favaro Wing 2013-2021 37 200 11 38 23 0
7 Marcelo Nicola Fly-half 1989-1995 22 178 10 36 20 0
8 Agustín Ormaechea Scrum-half 2011- 60 159 8 22 25 0
9 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1973-1985 27 157 8 19 29 0
10 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1979-1999 54 151 33 0 0 0

Last updated: Uruguay vs Argentina, 20 July 2024. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most matches as captain

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# Player Pos Span Mat Won Lost Draw % Pts Tries
1 Juan Manuel Gaminara Flanker 2016-2019 40 27 13 0 67.50 20 4
2 Diego Ormaechea Number 8 1985-1999 37 20 17 0 55.55 109 23
3 Andres Vilaseca Center 2019-present 24 15 9 0 66.00 15 3
4 Jorge Zerbino Flanker 1975–1985 20 12 6 2 65.00 120 7
5 Diego Aguirre Fly-half 2002-2003 16 6 10 0 37.50 21 1

Last updated: Uruguay vs Argentina, 20 July 2024. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Notable players

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Past Coaches

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Since the 1999 Rugby World Cup

Years Coach
1994–2000 Uruguay Daniel Herrera
2001–2003 Uruguay Diego Ormaechea
2004–2005 Uruguay Sebastián Piñeyrúa
2006–2007 Uruguay Nicolás Inciarte & Uruguay Fernando Silva
2007 Uruguay José Brancato & Uruguay Francisco Berrutti
2007–2008 Uruguay Alberico Passadore
2008–2009 Argentina García Porcel
2009 Uruguay Felipe Puig
2010 Argentina Gonzalo Camardón
2011 Uruguay Sebastián Piñeyrúa
2011–2015 Uruguay Pablo Lemoine
2016–2023 Argentina Esteban Meneses
2024–present Argentina Rodolfo Ambrosio

See also

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References

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  1. ^ Richards, p54, Chapter 2 Practising the Games of the Anglo-Saxon...
  2. ^ "Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015" Archived 2014-10-12 at the Wayback Machine, IRB.com, 11 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Uruguay shock Fiji in World Cup thriller to pull off historic victory". Guardian. 24 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  4. ^ "Uruguay pull off massive shock with World Cup win over Fiji". The 42. 25 September 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  5. ^ "Rugby: Nightclub files criminal complaint against Uruguay players". Kyodo News. 30 October 2019. Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 22 July 2024.
  7. ^ "RWC 2023 Warm-Up – Uruguay vs Chile – ARN Guide". americas rugby news. 27 July 2023. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
  8. ^ "Uruguay hold on to win at home against Chile". americas rugby news. 29 July 2023. Retrieved 7 August 2023.
  9. ^ Uruguay rugby statistics
  10. ^ [https://www.americasrugbynews.com/2024/07/01/uruguay-roster-for-july-internationals-vs-france-argentina-and-scotland/ Uruguay Roster for July Internationals vs France, Argentina and Scotland[
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