South American rugby boss Sebastián Piñeyrua has hit out at Wales for cancelling their tour to South America, which has left Uruguay in the lurch.
The Uruguayans were set to host Wales in Montevideo on 3 July.
“These tests replace the scheduled summer tour to Argentina which has had to be cancelled due to the on-going COVID-19 pandemic and uncertainty around travel restrictions,” the WRU said in a statement.
Instead of travelling to South America, Wales will take on Canada on 3 July before tackling Argentina on consecutive weekends (10 and 17 July).
However, Piñeyrua seems mystified as to why the British & Irish Lions have been given the green light to travel, but not the Welsh national side.
Piñeyrua posted the following on Twitter:
👀 Uruguay work more than 1 year for that Game on the 3 July .— Sebastian Piñeyrua (@pinopuca) May 10, 2021
Lions could Tour, but not Wales 🤔
Difficult explain reasons to players that are in Bubble since March with out a problem ??? pic.twitter.com/gLioQ3uDgO
“It is disappointing not to have the opportunity to tour Argentina, especially on the back of our 2020 tour to New Zealand being cancelled, but in the current climate it is completely understandable,” said Wales head coach Wayne Pivac. “What is important is we have games and as we have said all along, this summer is a huge opportunity for us. We are delighted and proud to have 10 players selected for the British and Irish Lions, it is reward for all their hard work and we wish them all the best this summer.”