Uruguay qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015

Uruguay have claimed the 20th and final place at Rugby World Cup 2015 after triumphing over Russia in the two-game final qualifying round.

Los Teros scored a much-celebrated 36-27 win at home in Montevideo, to win 57-49 on aggregate over the two matches.

After the Russians had won by a solitary point a fortnight earlier in Krasnoyarsk, they extended that lead in the first 40 minutes but the Uruguayans fought back after the break.

The popular Uruguayans return to the game’s showpiece event for a third time, having played in 1999 and 2003, and will join Australia, Wales, Fiji and hosts England in Pool A.

Under spectacular weather, the Charrua Stadium, known as the Land of Los Teros, hosted the biggest home crowd in Uruguayan history as 14,000 spectators, including national President Jose Mujica, loudly supported their team.

“We qualified for the Rugby World Cup because we wanted it more, we deserve it for all the hard work we put in in the last four years and because on the day we managed to understand what was required to win, ” the Uruguayan coach, Pablo Lemoine, said afterwards.

“This is a huge day in our rugby history and one that we must enjoy knowing that from now on the hard work will be with a clear goal, to enjoy the World Cup. “

Agustin Ormaechea added,We will go to England 2015 to enjoy what is the biggest tournament in the world. We have dreamt about this for ages and now that we have finally achieved the qualification it is an unbelievable feeling. We will celebrate tonight and then re-address our goals but that is tomorrow. We are going to the World Cup. ”

2015 Rugby World Cup Pools

Pool A

England (hosts), Australia, Wales, Fiji, Uruguay

Pool B

South Africa, Samoa, Scotland, Japan, United States

Pool C

New Zealand (holders), Argentina, Tonga, Georgia, Namibia

Pool D

France, Ireland, Italy, Canada, Romania

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