Rugby in the region will return to action in October when the South American Four Nations will be played at the Charrúa Stadium in Montevideo with the presence of Argentina XV, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay.
The tournament, lasting three dates, will have two matches per day, on Saturday 17, Wednesday 21 and Sunday 24 October. The South American champion will be the team with the most points at the end of the tournament.
Having the tournament in a single country, accustomed to international tournaments and with the positive management of COVID-19, ensures a more controlled environment and minimizes risks.
The president of South America Rugby, Sebastián Piñeyrúa, thanked the Uruguayan government for supporting this tournament: “I would like to highlight the support of the Uruguayan government to allow us, the entire region, to return to the game, always prioritizing health and the well-being of both athletes and the entire population. “
Francisco Rubio, High Performance Manager of the Argentine Rugby Union said: “For the Argentine Rugby Union it represents a very great satisfaction to be able to participate in this South American 4 Nations in Uruguay, since it means the return of a national team to a competition after several months of confinement, product of the coronavirus pandemic ”.
“At the same time, we are aware of the responsibility we have as an institution to guarantee a safe transfer to the tournament, taking into account the context of the pandemic that we have been suffering in Argentina. We have been working on the well-being and care of our players, with specific training plans from their homes, understanding the reality of each one of them ”, he added.
And he closed: “Finally, we want to highlight the joint work carried out by Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Uruguay, together with the governments of each country, to meet the necessary conditions and be able to organize this important event for the region. There were many meetings where the main objective was to preserve the health of the delegations and to be at the disposal of whatever the Uruguayan health authorities demanded ”.
During the next few days, the UAR will make the corresponding announcement regarding the formation of the squad and the staff of Argentina XV that will participate in the tournament, as well as the details of the group’s trip to Montevideo.
It should be noted, on the other hand, that each participating campus will have a health officer who is working in direct contact with Dr. Marcelo Santurio, URU Chief Physician, and the active collaboration of José Veloso, Director of the Sports Medical Center of the Secretariat Nacional del Deporte, former member of the SAR Anti-Doping Commission, and a great collaborator of rugby in the region.
Each campus is carrying out all the health protocols in advance of the trip; You must keep them for the transfers and the stay in Uruguay. In order to develop a better preparation and ensure that they are in a health situation to participate in the South American 4 Nations without inconveniences or infections, the teams will be arriving well in advance of the date set by the organization.
Due to the realities of each country, Colombia and Paraguay gave up participating in the South American 4 Nations. The three visiting delegations must carry out PCR tests before arriving in Uruguay to make sure that those who finally travel are healthy. Upon arrival in Montevideo, a health testing protocol will be carried out to confirm this.
Beyond the health bubble, there will be different barriers for the team to arrive at the event healthy. The delegations will be encapsulated in their hotel, they will have specific training camps, the cleaning of places and elements will be mandatory, and they will not be able to carry out social life.
Likewise, from the joint organization of South America Rugby, the Uruguayan Rugby Union and different government departments of the Uruguayan government, sanitary precautions are being taken that will include tests for all those affected to the tournament, cleaning of the areas to be used by the teams and the tournament, circulation of the teams in isolation, dry changing rooms (they can only be changed in them), it will be played without an audience and with minimal flows of people that ensure limited human contacts in the stadium.