KUMAGAYA – While Uruguay bask in the unexpected glory of their stunning Rugby World Cup Pool D success over Fiji, their next goal is to overcome Georgia in Kumagaya on Saturday and potentially secure automatic qualification for the 2023 finals in France.
The South Americans produced the first shock of the World Cup with a 30-27 victory over Fiji on Wednesday, and now face a quick turnaround of just four days before they meet the physical Georgians, who lost their opener 47-22 to Wales.
Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has largely kept faith with the players who secured their famous win, but made two changes in the forward pack as tight-head prop Juan Pedro Rombys is selected ahead of Diego Arbelo, and Manuel Diana makes way for Alejandro Nieto in the number eight position.
"We have things we need to improve on, such as our defensive scrum and not to miss so many tackles," Meneses told reporters on Friday.
"The real objective (at the World Cup) is the performance. It always has been. Of course, winning as a result of applying what is trained helps make that goal credible."