Argentina's men and Brazil's women both retained their South American Sevens titles at the weekend, emerging victorious at the ODESUR Games in Santiago, Chile.
For the first time, South America's premier multi-sport event doubled as the region’s CONSUR Sevens championships and, as well as vying for the title of regional champions, the competing nations were playing for places at next year's Pan-American Games in Toronto, Canada.
In an ideal run-out ahead of the two upcoming rounds of the HSBC Sevens World Series in Tokyo and Hong Kong, Argentina's men won all six of their round robin pool matches, before beating closest challengers Uruguay 29-5 to land the gold medal.
With los Pumas already assured of a place in Toronto, Uruguay sealed their place at the Pan-Am Games in 2015. Chile beat Rio 2016 hosts Brazil 31-7 to claim bronze.
Brazil's women make it a perfect 10
In the women's competition, nine-time regional champions Brazil started as the overwhelming favourites and lived up to that billing with six impressive pool wins before seeing off improving Argentina 40-0 in the gold final. Uruguay edged Colombia 5-0 to take the bronze.
In winning in Santiago, Brazil's women also booked their place at the Pan-American Games, for which there are still two men's and women's places remaining for South American nations, to be decided at next year's CONSUR Sevens championships.
"This was a wonderful competition played with great spirit, and a fantastic occasion for South American Rugby to play in a multisport arena alongside so many other marvellous athletes," said IRB Regional General Manager for South America, Santiago Ramallo.
"All of these nations are at different stages in their rugby development, but with Rio 2016 on our door step in just two years time each of them is planning in their own different way towards the Olympic Games.
"Our congratulations to Argentina and Brazil for winning their competitions, and to Uruguay's men and Brazil's women for booking their places at the Pan-American Games in Toronto next year, another significant milestone on the road to Rio."
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