Rugby World Cup 2019: Uruguay chasing back-to-back wins in bid to secure qualification for France

While Uruguay bask in the glory of their stunning Rugby World Cup upset over Fiji, their next goal is to overcome Georgia in their next match on Sunday.

The South American nation produced the first shock of the tournament with a 30-27 victory over Fiji, and face a quick turnaround of just four days before they meet the physical Georgians in Kumagaya.

Uruguay coach Esteban Meneses has made two changes in the forward pack as tight-head prop Juan Pedro Rombys is selected ahead of Diego Arbelo, and Manuel Diana makes way for Alejandro Nieto in the number eight position.

A win for the Uruguay will go a long way to secure automatic qualification for the 2023 tournament in France.

"We have things we need to improve on, such as our defensive scrum and not to miss so many tackles," Meneses told reporters on Friday.

"The real objective [at the World Cup] is the performance. It always has been. Of course, winning as a result of applying what is trained helps make that goal credible."

Uruguay now have an unexpected carrot being dangled in front of them with the tantalising prospect of third place in their pool.

Centre Juan Manuel Cat admits the fixture with Georgia is now like a final, but is also a step closer to meeting two tier-one heavyweights in Australia and Wales.

"The World Cup does not end with Georgia, but it is an important game, and we are going to play like a final," Cat said.

"But there are two more games, and they are not rivals against which we usually play.

"Some of us have never played against big teams before, so what we need to do in this game is maintain our level and, if possible, improve on it."

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