2011 Rugby World Cup – Americas qualification

In the American Region for Rugby World Cup Qualifying, two teams, Canada and USA, qualified directly to the world cup and the third place, Uruguay, entered a playoff against the third place European team and the second place African and Asian teams.

2011 Rugby World Cup – Americas qualification
Tournament details
Dates29 March 2008 – 21 November 2009
No. of nations18
Tournament statistics
Matches played26

The qualification process started with regional qualification tournaments. First a Caribbean tournament in the Cayman Islands during April 2008, was won by Trinidad and Tobago. South America's Second Division 2008 South American Rugby (division B) was the next tournament to take place. Brazil won on the final day in Paraguay.

The two regional champions advanced to a playoff to decide who would face Uruguay and Chile in Round 3A. Brazil won both legs of the two-match series for the right to participate in the 2009 South American Rugby Championship A Division, which was won by Uruguay. Uruguay then faced the United States to determine the Americas 2 seed.

On July 11, 2009, Canada claimed the Americas 1 seed, making them the first team to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. The USA followed on November 21 to claim the Americas 2 seed, sending Uruguay to the playoffs for the final place.

18 teams participated in the qualifying process. For 2007 there were 19. Changes in participation levels were due to Argentina earning a spot in the 2011 tournament with their performance in 2007, Saint Lucia not participating, and Mexico making their Rugby World Cup qualifying debut.

Round 1A (Caribbean Regional Tournament) - April 2008


The Caribbean Regional Championships held in the Cayman Islands was the first Qualifying event for the Rugby World Cup 2011. The Tournament included the nine eligible IRB members from the Caribbean & Central America. Mexico was competing in their first major international competition as one of the IRB's newest members. The Mexicans faced Saint Vincent and the Grenadines in a preliminary qualifying match to determine the final eight. The match was played at the Arnos Vale Ground in Kingstown, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines. In addition to determining a champion, the tournament played out each final position. The tournament was won by Trinidad and Tobago who advanced to Round 2 of the qualifying process. The main tournament was hosted by the Cayman Islands, with all matches being played at Truman Bodden Stadium in George Town. Attendance at this tournament varied throughout, but the maximum attendance was calculated at 1,395 during the final.


April 20, 2008
  Trinidad and Tobago39
April 23, 2008
  Cayman Islands12
  Trinidad and Tobago56
April 20, 2008
April 26, 2008
  Trinidad and Tobago40
April 20, 2008
April 23, 2008
April 20, 2008
  Bermuda13 3rd-Place final
April 26, 2008
April 23, 2008
  Cayman Islands6
April 26, 2008
April 23, 2008
3rd-Place final
April 26, 2008
  Cayman Islands11
2008 Caribbean Regional Championships
Date Home Score Away Referee
Preliminary Round
29-Mar-2008 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines   7 - 47   Mexico N/A
1st Round
20-Apr-2008 Cayman Islands   12 - 39   Trinidad and Tobago Tony Spreadbury  
20-Apr-2008 Guyana   10 - 3   Jamaica Derek Stoltz  
20-Apr-2008 Bahamas   13 - 29   Bermuda Paul Bretz  
20-Apr-2008 Barbados   21 - 20   Mexico Aaron Christie  
Bowl Semifinals
23-Apr-2008 Bahamas   19 - 12   Jamaica Larry Mendez  
23-Apr-2008 Cayman Islands   6 - 13   Mexico Derek Stoltz  
Championship Semifinals
23-Apr-2008 Bermuda   13 - 25   Guyana Tony Spreadbury  
23-Apr-2008 Trinidad and Tobago   56 - 0   Barbados Paul Bretz  
Shield Final
26-Apr-2008 Cayman Islands   11 - 10   Jamaica N/A
Bowl Final
26-Apr-2008 Mexico   17 - 23   Bahamas N/A
Plate Final
26-Apr-2008 Bermuda   17 - 6   Barbados N/A
Championship Final (RWC 2011 Qualifying Final)
26-Apr-2008 Guyana   24 - 40   Trinidad and Tobago Tony Spreadbury  

Round 1B (South American Consur B Championships) - June 2008


This round is also the 2008 South American Rugby Championship B Division, a competition for second tier South American nations. The tournament was played at Colegio de San José in Asuncion, Paraguay in June 2008. The winners were Brazil who beat hosts Paraguay on the final day. They advanced to Round 2 to face Trinidad and Tobago. Brazil and Paraguay were promoted to the Division A of the Consur.


Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference BP Pts
  Brazil 4 4 0 0 169 20 +149 3 19
  Paraguay 4 3 0 1 181 25 +156 3 15
  Venezuela 4 2 0 2 86 123 -37 2 10
  Colombia 4 1 0 3 53 148 -95 0 4
  Peru 4 0 0 4 23 196 -173 1 1


Match Results
Date Winner Score Loser
19-Jun-2008 Paraguay   44 - 3   Venezuela
19-Jun-2008 Brazil   34 - 6   Colombia
21-Jun-2008 Venezuela   34 - 15   Colombia
21-Jun-2008 Paraguay   71 - 0   Peru
23-Jun-2008 Brazil   61 - 8   Venezuela
23-Jun-2008 Colombia   25 - 20   Peru
26-Jun-2008 Brazil   59 - 0   Peru
26-Jun-2008 Paraguay   60 - 7   Colombia
29-Jun-2008 Venezuela   41 - 3   Peru
29-Jun-2008 Brazil   15 - 6   Paraguay

Round 2 (Regional Champions Playoff)


This playoff was between the two regional champions of Round 1. The winner of the playoff progressed to join Uruguay and Chile in Round 3A.

Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
11-Oct-2008 Trinidad and Tobago   8 - 31   Brazil Larry Gomes Stadium, Malabar David Smortchevsky  
18-Oct-2008 Brazil   24 - 12   Trinidad and Tobago Estádio ADC Parahyba, São José dos Campos Santiago Slinger  

Brazil advanced by winning the series two matches to none.

Round 3A (South America Consur A Championships) - April/May 2009


This round was also the 2009 South American Rugby Championship A Division, a competition for first tier South American nations. The tournament was played in Montevideo, Uruguay (with the exception of the first match played in Viña del Mar, Chile) in April and May 2009. Paraguay participated in the tournament; however, their participation was limited to the Consur A Championship and their results had no bearing on Rugby World Cup qualifying. Uruguay, who defeated Chile and Brazil, qualified for Round 4 to face the loser of Round 3B.


Team Played Won Drawn Lost For Against Difference Points
  Uruguay 2 2 0 0 117 12 +105 6
  Chile 2 1 0 1 88 49 +39 4
  Brazil 2 0 0 2 6 150 -144 2
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
25-Apr-2009 Chile   79 - 3   Brazil Estadio Sausalito, Viña del Mar TBA
29-Apr-2009 Uruguay   71 - 3   Brazil Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo TBA
02-May-2009 Chile   9 - 46   Uruguay Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo TBA

Round 3B (North American Qualification Playoff)


This round was a two legged playoff between the USA and Canada. The winner, Canada, qualified for Pool A of the 2011 Rugby World Cup as Americas 1; the USA moved on to Round 4.

Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
04-Jul-2009 United States   12 - 6   Canada Blackbaud Stadium, Charleston, South Carolina Alan Lewis  
11-Jul-2009 Canada   41 - 18   United States Ellerslie Rugby Park, Edmonton, Alberta Alan Lewis  

Series drawn 1-1. Canada won on aggregate 47 - 30.

Round 4 (Final American Qualification Playoff)


This two-legged playoff between Uruguay, the winner of South American Qualification (Round 3A), and the US, the loser of the North American Playoff (Round 3B) qualified the United States for Pool C of the Rugby World Cup as Americas 2, while Uruguay advanced to the Final Place Playoff as Americas 3 to face Kazakhstan (the second place Asian team) in the semifinal.

Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
14-Nov-2009 Uruguay   22–27   United States Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo Federico Pastrana  
21-Nov-2009 United States   27–6   Uruguay Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill, Florida David Smortchevsky  

USA won the series 2–0 and 54–28 on aggregate.

Uruguay v USA

14 November 2009
18:00 (UTC-02)
Uruguay  22 – 27  United States
Try: Etcheverry 79' c
Con: Etcheverry (1/1)
Pen: Morales 18'
Etcheverry (4) 55', 64', 74', 76'
ReportTries: Usasz 14' m
Swiryn (2) 19' m, 48' c
Wyles 65' c
Con: Hercus (2/4)
Pen: Hercus 37'
Estadio Charrúa, Montevideo
Attendance: 2,000
Referee: Federico Pastrana (Argentina)

USA v Uruguay

21 November 2009
14:00 EST (UTC-05)
United States  27 – 6  Uruguay
Tries: Stanfill 20' m
Swiryn 35' m
Clever (2) 46' c, 80' c
Con: Hercus (1/3)
Malifa (1/1)
Pen: Hercus (1/2) 2'
Drop: Hercus (0/1)
ReportPen: Etcheverry (2/3) 40', 43'
Central Broward Regional Park, Lauderhill
Attendance: 2,237
Referee: David Smortchevsky (Canada)

See also