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Russia edge Uruguay in first leg

Russia's Yuri Kushnarev is defended by Uruguay's Santiago Vilaseca. Photo: IRB

Russia’s Yuri Kushnarev is defended by Uruguay’s Santiago Vilaseca. Photo: IRB

Russia will take the narrowest of leads with them to Montevideo in two weeks’ time after they beat Uruguay 22-21 in Saturday’s first leg of the final Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifier in Krasnoyarsk.
However, while no team likes to lose a game of rugby, Uruguay’s Pablo Lemoine will probably be the more satisfied of the two coaches as his side is still very much in contention at what is effectively half-time.

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Russian Bears loom large for Zimbabwe

Russia's talisman and fly-half, Yury Kushnarev. Photo: Getty Images

Russia’s talisman and fly-half, Yury Kushnarev. Photo: Getty Images

Ahead of their crucial Rugby World Cup 2015 repechage semi-final against Zimbabwe on 2 August, Russia invited Total Rugby behind the scenes, including one trailblazer with rugby in his blood.

While many of Russia’s players have converted from more mainstream sports to get to the top of international rugby, star fly-half Yury Kushnarev was seemingly born to play the game.

“I was born in a small town close to Moscow called Monino. My father played for the Soviet Union national team and they were based there. My brother started playing rugby, and then me, and we are still playing,” explained Kushnarev, who appeared in his country’s first ever Rugby World Cup in New Zealand in 2011 and has amassed a record 425 points from 63 Tests.

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