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Uruguay qualify for World Cup while shock loss sees Canada miss out

By AAP
(Photo by Ernesto Ryan/World Rugby/World Rugby via Getty Images)

Uruguay have qualified for the 2023 Rugby World Cup after downing the United States 34-15 while Canada will miss the tournament for the first time after an historic loss to Chile.

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Uruguay overturned a 19-16 loss to the US in Colorado last weekend to win comfortably in Montevideo and advance on aggregate 50-34.

The Teros will appear in their fifth Rugby World Cup, joining tournament hosts France, New Zealand, Italy and an African side to be determined in Pool A.

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The US will face Chile next year for the right to go to the World Cup as the Americas 2 qualifier in Pool D.

Chile defeated Canada for the first time 33-24 in Valparaiso, after blowing a win a week ago in Langford.

There, Chile conceded a penalty with 30 seconds to go and Canada escaped as 22-21 winners.

Santiago Videla scored a try and kicked 18 points on Saturday for Chile to progress 54-46 on aggregate, with an eye on their first World Cup appearance.

“Fair play to South American rugby. They’ve really invested and they’re going in the right direction,” Canada coach Kingsley Jones said.

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“We’re getting caught up. I’ve made that point before and I don’t think anyone can deny that when you watch the way Chile played.

“The competition for World Cup spots has become very very competitive and we’ve missed out.”

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Morne 9 hours ago
Thanks but no thanks, the All Blacks do not need to copy the Boks

Some further observations: Most Rugby lovers I know agree that the AB’s have been the gold standard for as long as anyone can remember - very few people disagree. The odd time that any other team has some sort of ascendency - there are always those (albeit the minority) NZ supporters that need to remind us of the AB’s glorious gold standard that anyone winning them is only down to a mixture of pure luck or some or other sinister reason or bias from match officials (or indeed the Universe). For reasons mentioned above, any other team with some ascendency over the AB’s (even if it is the 1st time in 100 years) may not receive a pat on the back and a well-done - as they only did so out of pure luck. In my opinion, if the Boks were in the same realm as the AB’s SF opponents - they would have been smashed also - whether with 14 or 13 or 12 players. But remember they were just “lucky”. As a Bok supporter, I will say this team has done our proud - despite losing some games along the way. Like the AB’s, the games the boks lose are 9/10 times one score games - this is a long way from hidings like 57 - 0…And in that we must be proud. Most of these type of articles - especially those focusing on the RWC final rather conveniently leave out any mention of Pieter Steph du Toit, or even Eben Etzebeth who won all their collusions all day long. So to those very very few bad loser AB supporters out there (definitely the minority) - I’ll say what you want to hear - the AB’s are without any doubt the best Rugby brand ever. They have consistently achieved what all other teams can only dream of. And no doubt they will scale those heights again. Now what about allowing others the odd ray of sunlight that comes our way?

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