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The final two spots in the 2018 HSBC World Rugby Sevens World Cup were decided in the Sud America sevens invitational classic held in Uruguay and Chile, ironically, the two nations that move forward to the July tournament in San Francisco.
The RWC Sevens will feature 24-teams, like Hong Kong. Three will come from South America (Argentina, Chile, and Uruguay), and three from North America (Jamaica, Canada, and USA). It marks Chile’s first RWC Sevens participation since 2001.
Chile and Uruguay were ahead on points after the first week’s event in Punta del Este. Uruguay (Los Teros) beat Brazil 14-7 ending that country's run for a RWC spot. Uruguay will also compete in the Las Vegas, Vancouver, and Hong Kong tournaments.
Overall, Uruguay finished third in the event behind the winner, an academy South African side. France, also developmental, were second.
Chile (Los Cóndores) ended as the runner up to the winning South American team, booking both a RWC Sevens ticket but also a space in the Hong Kong tournament in April of this year. Chile beat Brazil 26-12 in pool play.
The USA Falcons won their last three games (Colombia twice, and Paraguay once) in Vina del Mar, Chile, to finish in ninth place.