Five things to know about Uruguay

Five things to know about Uruguay

This Friday 9th November, Ulster will take on international opposition for the first time in 10 years when they host Uruguay at Kingspan Stadium. Here is some of the key information on ‘Los Teros’…

1. They are nicknamed Los Teros for their emblem, which is of the national bird of Uruguay, the southern lapwing, also known as a tero. The lapwing is a water-dwelling bird and is usually found in the Andes mountains.

2. Ulster have faced a Uruguayan before in the form of lock Rodrigo Capo Ortega, who was part of the Castres team that played at Ravenhill in the Heineken Cup back in 2011. Capo Ortega, who still plays for Castres and misses out on this international window due to injury, started the game in Belfast which Ulster won 41-17.

3. Uruguay were the only team besides Argentina to have won the South American Rugby Championship. The Uruguayans won it in 1981, with Argentina winning the bi-annual tournament every other time since its conception in 1951 until they left to play in the Rugby Championship in 2012. Uruguay have also since left the tournament.

4. Uruguay are classed as a Tier 2 nation and are ranked 18th in the world, meaning they receive extra funding from World Rugby in order to try and grow the game, however they are considered one of the better fringe sides in world rugby due to their frequent qualification for the World Cup. They have already qualified for Japan 2019.

5. While most sides’ top try scorer would be a pacy winger or an elusive back, Uruguay’s top scorer is neither – he was a rampaging No.8. A legend in Uruguayan rugby, Diego Ormaechea scored 33 tries in his 54 caps, nine more than any other player in the nation’s history. Although he is retired now, Ormaechea’s legend lives on through son Agustin, who is in the Uruguay squad as a scrum-half and plays his club rugby for Stade Montois in France.

Tickets for Ulster v Uruguay are available at ulsterrugby.com/buytickets