Argentina showed why it is the dominant men’s rugby force in South American by going undefeated at the 2019 South American Men’s Rugby Sevens Olympic Qualifying Tournament. By winning the tournament the nation also qualified to the Olympics. The South American men’s Rugby Sevens Olympic Qualifying Tournament was held in Santiago, Chile from June 29th to June 30th 2019.
Overall ten nations participated in a round robin containing two groups of five nations with the top two advancing to the semifinals. Pool A was topped by Argentina whom only conceded a single try in their four matches, winning 42-5 against Paraguay. In fact, this would be the only try Argentina conceded at this tournament. Paraguay advanced as the second-placed team, thanks to their narrow 14-10 victory over Colombia whom finished third. Peru and Guatemala finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Pool B had a surprise group winner as Brazil defeated both Uruguay (19-15) and Chile (14-0). Both nations are considered to be the next two strongest nations behind Argentina. In the match that decided which nation would advance to the semi-finals it was Chile whom scored a dominant 42-5 victory over Uruguay. Costa Rica and Venezuela finished fourth and fifth respectively.
The semi-finals saw Argentina pick up a 35-0 victory over Chile while Brazil narrowly defeated Paraguay 14-12. Argentina completed their dominating display of rugby sevens by defeating Brazil 26-0 to win the Olympic quota. Chile won the bronze medal by defeating Paraguay 43-0.
Argentina returns to the Olympics in men’s rugby sevens for the second time in a row. They will be hoping to perform better than the sixth place finish they achieved in Rio. By finishing second and third respectively Brazil and Chile have advanced to the final Olympic qualification tournament where they will play nations from other continents for a final spot to the Olympics.