South American nation Uruguay are known more for their remarkable football feats than rugby exploits.
Yet, today on a rugby pitch in Nairobi, Kenya, history was made as their U20 side completed a first-ever victory over a tier one nation as they defeated Scotland.
Competing in the World Rugby U20 Trophy, the Uruguayans saw off their more fancied Six Nations opponents to seal the top spot in Pool B.
The victory set up a final against Spain, who defeated Samoa, a team who had never lost a pool game at this level.
Sunday’s final continues a trend of Spanish-speaking countries rising through the rugby ranks.
Argentina’s Los Pumas has Historically led the way for Spanish-speaking nations.
However, at this year’s Rugby World Cup, three South American countries will be competing as Los Pumas are joined by Uruguay’s senior team and Chile.
Returning to the U20 level, Uruguay’s rather dominant 37 – 26 victory ensures that Scotland will remain in the second division of age-grade rugby for another season.
More importantly, however, it sets up a real opportunity for two emerging rugby nations to duke it out for a place at the top table next season.
Massive upset at the World Rugby U20 Trophy in Kenya.
Uruguay U20s have beaten Scotland!
Huge result for Los Teritos.
Uruguay will play Spain in the final on Sunday, winner promoted into World Rugby U20 Championship. pic.twitter.com/S0aPssEUobADVERTISEMENT
— Murray Kinsella (@Murray_Kinsella) July 25, 2023