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The month of July is entirely dedicated to international friendly confrontations, according to the rugby schedule at world level. Most of the official international competitions have drawn to a close, so the main teams' head-coaches can rely on their star players. That also holds for Romanian teams where their best rugby players have been summoned for three test matches. On July the first, Romanian took on Italy in Bucharest. The Oak leaf Knights were overpowered in every respect, especially as regards the physical training, and were trounced by their opponents, 13 to 45. So harsh a defeat came as no surprise, though, given that Italy is one of Europe's best teams. We recall that for 22 years now, Italy has been proving its mettle in the Six Nations Tournament. Then a tournament in Latin America was on schedule for the Romanians. The Romanian national squad will twice be playing Uruguay, the team that in South America is second only to Argentina. Uruguay has already booked its ticket for the 2023 edition of the World Cup in France. Ahead of the coming tournament, Uruguay is 18th-placed according to the world rankings, one notch up than Romania.
This past Sunday in Montevideo Romania played its first game against Uruguay and won the confrontation, 30 to 22. Romania's Alexandru Bucur, Gabriel Rupanu and Cristi Boboc successfully scored three tries. Rupanu scored the first two, while Vladut Popa, the third one. Later during the game Rupanu successfully converted three penalty kicks on a number of occasions, which increased Romania's number of points. Tudor Butnariu got red-booked for dangerous tackling on 13 minutes, so the Romanian line-up was one player shy on the pitch.
On Sunday, July 17, also in Montevideo, Romania will yet again take on Uruguay, in the second test match on schedule. At the moment, Romanian is 16th placed according to world rankings, while Uruguay is 20th placed.
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