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Uruguay's World Cup preparations take a hit after suffering loss to Spain

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Leandro Leivas (l) of Uruguay, Juan Echeverria and German Kessler of Uruguay. (Photo by Alex Davidson / Getty Images)

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After taking out the Rugby Nations Cup just last weekend, Uruguay have now suffered a comprehensive 41-21 defeat at the hands of Spain.

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Uruguay, who are ranked 17th in the world, are the Americas 1 qualifiers for the World Cup while 19th ranked Spain did not qualify for this year’s showcase tournament.

Uruguay have just one more scheduled game to right the ship between now and the World Cup kick-off but will have to wait until September for their fixture with Brazil.

Whilst Los Teros topped the log in the Nations Cup, their performances were hardly comprehensive. Wins against Russia and the Argentina XV sandwiched a loss to fellow World Cup attendees Namibia.

The South Americans, who are drawn in Pool D with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji have recorded two wins over the three tournaments they’ve taken part in. In the 1999 competition the Uruguayians bested Spain whilst they overcame Georgia in 2003. Georgia have progressed considerably since 2003, however, and a win this year will be hard to come by.

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