Atlanta, GA, United States (4E Sports) – The US Eagles Men’s Rugby squad qualified for the Rugby World Cup after beating Uruguay’s national team, 32-13, Saturday at Kennesaw State University.
With 6,000 fans on hand, the US took the second spot given to the Americas in the world’s most prestigious rugby tournament after overcoming tough opposition from the South American team.
Twenty national teams from around the world will compete in the Rugby World Cup, an international competition that takes place once every four years and will be played in England.
The sport’s traditional powerhouse teams, New Zealand, South Africa, Australia, host England and several others had already qualified. Most of the field is set but for the United States their chance came over the weekend.
The first leg, played in Montevideo last weekend ended in a 27-27 tie. The team with most points in the aggregate was to go through which made the game a “Winner Takes All” event.
Uruguay took a 13-3 lead at the half after the Americans committed several infractions.
However, the Americans came out a different team in the second half. Led by Eric Fry, Mike Petri and Chris Wyles, they dominated play to take the lead and eventually the victory.
The Americans will see action against South Africa, Scotland, Samoa, and one more Asia region qualifier in group play.