The contest for the final place in Pool D was not the only Rugby World Cup 2019 story captivating rugby fans in Montevideo this week as Uruguay welcomed the Webb Ellis Cup for the first 2018 leg of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour.
In the run-up to Uruguay's Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier victory over Canada on Saturday, the game's most coveted prize journeyed across Montevideo, visiting Santiago Vazquez INR prison for a friendly match between Caimanes inmates team and Anejos XV as part of Uruguay Rugby's Pelota al Medio a la Esperanza programme helping to rehabilitate inmates through the power of rugby's values.
Joining the match were current Uruguay players Matias Benitez and Alejandro Nieto as well as former Uruguay international and Andes survivor Gustavo Zerbino, who said: "Rugby is the best tool to teach values that will help inmates here and when they are released. It is about respect, commitment, love, friendship and offering a different view of life through our sport.
"We are really happy that there is a positive response from the inmates. We’ve had some 500 inmates come and play rugby and 60 per cent have not reoffended. We want to show the world that rugby is a fine philosophy for life and we are really happy to have the support of Rugby World Cup."
The Webb Ellis Cup also inspired pupils from Malvin Norte and Casavalle schools at a Unión de Rugby del Uruguay summer school programme before attending a Get Into Rugby beach training session at Playa Ramirez. The Trophy Tour also visited iconic locations in the capital, including the Montevideo sign, the Montevideo Japanese Gardens, the Museo del Futbol alongside the Jules Rimet trophy won by Uruguay at the 1930 and 1950 Football World Cups, and the Estadio Charrua for the Rugby World Cup 2019 qualifier.
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The Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour will visit 18 countries across five continents as part of an international celebration of rugby in the lead up to Japan 2019. Rapidly-growing rugby markets Brazil, China, India, USA, Germany and Spain will play host to the tour, while Chile, Malaysia, Nepal and Pakistan will welcome the Webb Ellis Cup for the first time. France, Ireland, South Africa, Fiji, the Philippines and Hong Kong will also play host before the Webb Ellis Cup arrives in Japan for a national tour ahead of the tournament.
The Trophy Tour will inspire new audiences and participants through a programme of community, education and rugby activities in the lead up to the first Rugby World Cup in Asia. For more information on the Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour visit www.rugbyworldcup.com/trophy-tour and follow the exciting international journey via @rugbyworldcup.
The Rugby World Cup 2019 Trophy Tour is being supported by the supported by the six Rugby World Cup 2019 Worldwide Partners.
Fans across the world are now able to apply for team and stadium ticket packs, while supporter tours via official travel agents can now be purchased. Full information can be found at supportertours.rugbyworldcup.com.
Mastercard, as a Worldwide Partner of Rugby World Cup 2019, is offering those who apply for tickets using their Mastercard the chance to receive a double entry in the ticketing ballot for the opportunity to secure tickets to each of the matches they apply for.