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Uruguay players implicated in assault, criminal damage - reports

By Ian Cameron
The club's CCTV cameras caught some of the alleged incidents. IMAGE courtesy: Bacon Egg

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Two Uruguay rugby internationals face the wrath of their union after their alleged involvement in an assault and criminal damage at a night club in Kumamoto.


The Japan Times report that a number of players had been on a drinking session following their final game of the Rugby World Cup when the incidents occurred.

Wales beat Uruguay 35-13 in their Pool D match at Kumamoto Stadium last Sunday and a number of players in the team then visited the busy Bacon Egg establishment.

It is alleged that one of the players tackled a male member of staff to the ground in the incident, and considerable damage was done the property before police were called.

It is reported that glass was broken, walls were punched and DJ equipment had beer spilled on it. To add insult to injury, it is also alleged that a stuffed bear was torn apart by a number of unruly players.

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Footage of the incidents were apparently caught on the night club’s CCTV system.


According to the report, police are investigating the incident, though the players in question have since left the jurisdiction with the team. Both are said to remorseful for the behaviour.

“Even if it happened in their private time, their behavior is regrettable. As the organizing committee of the host country, we hope to address it in good faith,” a RWC2019 organising committee official said.

The Esteban Meneses coached team have just touched down back in Uruguay after their best Rugby World Cup campaign yet.


Uruguay have never won two matches at a single Rugby World Cup. They previously won one match in 1999
and one in 2003.

Before this World Cup, Uruguay had scored only one try in all of their RWC matches against all Tier 1 opposition.

In this World Cup alone, they scored in both of those encounters. They scored 60 points at RWC 2019 – their team record was 56 in 2003.

Press conference with South Africa wing Cheslin Kolbe and scrum-half Herschel Jantjies ahead of Sunday’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final against Japan.

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Uruguay players implicated in assault, criminal damage - reports