This week, the president of Uruguay, Luis Lacalle Pou, participated in a sporting event involving people deprived of liberty, more specifically a rugby match between prisoners from Argentina and Uruguay.
The All Blacks, in their black colours, is mighty and feared New Zealand rugby national team, which during the last two decades have been an almost unbeatable side collecting trophies in the northern and southern hemispheres.
Argentina coach Mario Ledesma said his players came “through hell” to claim the first victory over three-time world champions New Zealand. The Pumas beat the All Blacks 25/15 in Sydney on Saturday after failing to do so in 33 previous attempts since 1976.
New Zealand Rugby is expecting a “near-capacity” crowd of some 47,000 to pack into Auckland's Eden Park for the second Bledisloe Cup international against Australia on Sunday.
New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said on Tuesday she had telephoned Australian counterpart Scott Morrison to defuse tensions over a scheduling dispute between the countries' rugby teams.
Former Argentina scrum-half Agustin Pichot has launched his campaign to become chairman of World Rugby. Pichot has drawn up a six-point plan to force change in the world of rugby - with one part, in particular, catching the eye of many.
While Brazil's women maintained their perfect record in regional competition, Uruguay's men scored a huge upset by winning their first CONSUR rugby title, beating Argentina in the final 17-14 with a try on the siren.
As New Zealand prepares to host the 2011 Rugby World Cup, we look at a game which will cause much interest in Latin America and the South Atlantic.