Rugby World Cup qualifier ends in a draw

Uruguay and Romania will have to wait for another week to find out which one of them qualify for the 2011 Rugby World cup in New Zealand after they drew 21-all in Montevideo.

With just 299 days left to go before the Rugby World cup the battle for the final place at the world cup has come down to Uruguay and Romania.

This home and away play-off represents the last two matches of a qualification process that began in Grand Cayman on 20 April 2008 and has already seen Canada, Samoa, USA, Namibia, Georgia, Russia and Japan emerge from it to book their tickets to New Zealand.

A total of 184 matches will have been played in total, involving 80 nations across five continents.


The European process involved the most with 31 nations playing in 95, while Oceania – the last region to get underway – only had five teams playing a total of five matches.

At half time Uruguay trailed Romania 5-14 but Uruguay lifted in the second half and drew level.

The 2nd leg is in Bucharest in 2 weeks time and the winner of the match will qualify for New Zealand.

Final Score Uruguay 21 Romania 21




Tries -Gaston Mieres, Juan de Freitas
Pen – Matias Arocena 3
Con Matias Arocena


Tries – Alexandru Manta, Bogdan Balan
Pen – Danut Dambrava 3
Con -Danut Dambrava

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