Rugby World Cup 2019: Uruguay captain Juan Manuel Gaminara breaks down in tears after historic Fiji win

An emotional Juan Manuel Gaminara struggled to hold back tears in his post-match interview after Uruguay defied the odds to beat Fiji at the Rugby World Cup in Japan.

The South American nation caused the upset of the tournament so far with a gusty 30-27 win over Fiji - their first victory in a World Cup match for 16 years and just their third ever in the competition.

What made the result more special was the fact that Uruguay lost 47-15 to the same opponents at the previous World Cup in England. 

Gaminara was part of the team which was at the previous World Cup and was full of emotion celebrating Uruguay's biggest win since they started playing rugby in 1948. 

"I'm proud of my country, we're not the biggest, we are not the tallest one," he said. 

"We came here to win, we have been preparing this [for] four years, so I am really proud of my country."

"We are working since we qualified, we are working on this. We never had anything granted. We always have to qualify first, and then come to the World Cup, so since we qualified we have been thinking of this game.

"You saw the passion, I'm really proud."

Gaminara also praised the fans at Kamaishi Recovery Memorial Stadium for their support. Kamaishi was one of the towns hit hardest by a devastating tsunami that took thousands of lives in 2011. 

"Thanks for this city, it is really amazing the story that it has, so it is really a privilege to play here. Thanks for Japan and keep it coming."

Uruguay now has a short turnaround to their next match against Georgia on Sunday, while Fiji has a week off until their next game, also against Georgia. 

"I have to congratulate Uruguay on the way that they played today," said Fiji coach John McKee. 

"They had a lot of passion, and they worked very hard as a team and got what was, for them, a great result.

"For us, obviously with the short turnaround, though it isn't an excuse, it is a challenge. We made too many fundamental errors in the game and Uruguay capitalised on them and were more patient at times and put us under a lot of pressure.

 "We are relying a lot on other points now and, for us, we just have to focus on our match against Georgia in eight days' time. That is the only focus for us now, to play well in that match and winning the game, and, if we can, securing the bonus point."

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