Published on May 28th, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle0
Junior World Rugby Trophy Kicks Off in Temuco
Chile plays host to the Junior World Rugby Trophy for the second time, five years after the tournament debuted in Santiago. This time around Temuco will be the host city.
JWRT 2013 captains photo
The eight captains of the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy 2013 at Estadio German Becker. L-R: Vadco Mendes (Portugal), Nicolás Fleitas (Uruguay), Hayato Nishiuchi (Japan), Daniel Arries (Namibia), Sergio Bascuñan (Chile), Angelo Espósito (Italy), Pat Kay (Canada) and Vai Hausia (Tonga).
Temuco answered the last minute call after Antofagasta removed their support for the event. The tournament follows on from the test match between Chile and Brazil.
Coach Omar Turcuman and his team will have their first match today, May 28, when they take on Portugal. While most of the team are currently playing in the Chilean competition, Chile will benefit from the international experience of Ramón Ayarza and Mario Mayol (Mt.Maunganui Sports, New Zealand) as well as Sebastián Kalm (Lindenwood University) and Nikola Bursik (Idaho State University), who are currently playing in the United States.
Chile’s other opponents in Group A are Italy and Namibia, while Group B is made up of Tonga, Canada, Japan and Uruguay. The tournament will run until Sunday June 9, with the final being played at Estadio German Becker.
That stadium will be one of four venues used in the tournament, with Estadio Municipal Pitrufquen, Universidad de la Frontera and Estadio Municipal Freire also being used.