2019 Rugby World Cup: Wales vs Uruguay Preview

A Wales win over Uruguay on Sunday 13 October will have the team topping Pool D and result in Wales meeting France in the quarterfinals. The match against Uruguay will be played at Kumamoto Stadium, Kumamoto Prefecture, Kumamoto City.

Kickoff is at 17:15 local time (04:15 ET) In the U.S, the match may be viewed on-demand on NBC Sports Gold and on TSN 1 and 4 in Canada.

Typhoon Hagibis, whose path will impact the center of Japan is expected on Saturday. A matchday decision will be made whether the match will be played.

Wales is 3-0 and opened the 2019 Rugby World Cup with a 43-14 win over Georgia, a 29-25 win over Australia, and 29-17 win over Fiji.

Uruguay opened with a 30-27 win over Fiji, lost 33-7 to Georgia, and lost 45-10 to Australia.

Pool D standings have Australia topping the pool with 16 points, Wales with 14 points, Fiji 7, Georgia 5, and Uruguay 4. A win by Wales over Uruguay on Sunday would win Pool D. That would give them a quarterfinal match against France, while Australia would face England.


Wales Head Coach Warren Gatland has made thirteen changes from the team’s win over Fiji. Josh Adams and Hadleigh Parkes start on the right-wing and at inside center, respectively.

Five players will play for the first time in the tournament. They include Ryan Ellias at hooker, Bradley Davies and Adam Beard at lock, Aled Davies at scrum-half, and Hallam Amos at the left-wing.

Justin Tupuric will captain the side at flanker, while Alun Wyn Jones is rested ahead of their likely quarterfinal match against France.


Uruguay Head Coach Esteban Meneses has made nine changes from the team’s loss to Australia.

Juan Manuel Gaminara returns at flanker and will captain the side. He is joined in the back-row by Alejandro Nieto and Santiago Civetta. Ignacio Dotti returns at lock and is paired with Manuel Leindekar. In the front row, Mateo Sanguinetti is the tighthead prop, while Diego Arbelo and German Kessler are retained at loosehead prop and at hooker, respectively.

Santiago Arata returns at scrum-half and will pair with Felipe Berchesi. Juan Manuel Cat returns at outside center with Andres Vilaseca retained at inside center.

In the back three, Leandro Leivas, and Gastón Mieres, who play for the Toronto Arrows are at right-wing and at fullback, while Nicolás Freitas retains his position on the left-wing.

Both center Andres Vilaseca and Juan Manuel Gaminara are making a record eighth World Cup appearance for Uruguay.


Wales: 1 Nick Smith, 2 Ryan Elias, 3 Dillon Lewis, 4 Bradley Davies, 5 Adam Beard, 6 Aaron Shingler, 7 Justin Tipuric (capt.), 8 Aaron Wainwright, 9 Aled Davies, 10 Rhys Patchell, 11 Hallam Amos, 12 Hadleigh Parkes, 13 Owen Watkin, 14 Josh Adams, 15 Leigh Halfpenny 16 Elliot Dee, 17 Rhys Carre, 18 Wyn Jones, 19 Jake Ball, 20 Ross Moriarty, 21 James Davies, 22 Tomos Williams, 23 Gareth Davies

Uruguay: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti, 2 Germán Kessler, 3 Diego Arbelo, 4 Ignacio Dotti, 5 Manuel Leindekar, 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (capt.), 7 Santiago Civetta, 8 Alejandro Nieto, 9 Santiago Arata, 10 Felipe Berchesi, 11 Nicolás Freitas, 12 Andrés Vilaseca, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 14 Leandro Leivas, 15 Gastón Mieres 16 Guillermo Pujadas, 17 Juan Echeverría, 18 Juan Pedro Rombys, 19 Diego Magno, 20 Manuel Diana, 21 Agustin Ormaechea, 22 Tomas Inciarte, 23 Rodrigo Silva

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