Published on May 1st, 2013 | by Daniel Boyle0
Temuco Replaces Antofagasta as Host of Junior World Rugby Trophy
Organisers of the Junior World Rugby Trophy received a headache when Antofagasta Mayor Karen Rojo denied the use of the recently opened stadium. That stadium was already a “Plan B”, after the synthetic pitch of the original venue was denied being up to scratch by the IRB.
After impressing as host of the match between Chile and Brazil, Temuco have been named as host city, with the change occurring less than a month out from the tournament. CONSUR, the South American Rugby Federation have made the announcement that the venue has been changed.
It would seem there has been a problem in the chain of communication, or that maybe it was simply a forgotten tournament. Chile is gearing up to hold a number of major events, with the South American Games and Copa America among them.
A late change of venue is not a good look for the sports administrators in the country, however there is a feeling that Temuco will be able to give a better benefit and legacy to the community.
FERUCHI (Federacion de Rugby Chleno) President Francisco Davanzo didn’t hold back in his criticisms of the Antofagasta mayor in an interview in La Tercera, saying that the new mayor had not held on to the social actions agreed to by previous administrations.
Chile, Japan, Canada, Italy, Namibia, Portugal, Tonga and Uruguay will take part in the tournament.