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Uruguay Captain Gives Emotional Interview After Shocking Fiji At World Cup

Uruguay Captain Gives Emotional Interview After Shocking Fiji At World Cup

Uruguay created the first shock of the 2019 Rugby World Cup when they beat Fiji 30-27 on Wednesday.

The South American side led 24-12 at half-time and resisted a Fiji fightback in the second half. It was just their third ever World Cup victory.

Speaking on the pitch after the game, Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara was an emotional figure.

"I don't want this to end," said the back row.

"I'm really proud of my country. We're not the biggest, we're not the tallest but we came here to win.

"We were preparing for this for four years, since we qualified. We never take anything for granted. We had to qualify first.

"You saw the passion."

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Asked where the Uruguayan passion on the pitch originated, Gaminara responded: "I don't know where it comes from, it's inside. It's in there. Today we had to go there to fetch it and it came."

The game was played at the Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium. Eight years ago, the city was hit by a devastating tsunami which killed 1,300 people. The stadium was built on the site of a school which stood in the heart of the city.

"Thanks to this city," said Gaminara.

"It's really amazing this story that it has. It's really a privilege to play here."

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