Peru and Uruguay to play rugby league international at Waminda Oval

Face-off: Peru's Cory Daniela is ready to fight for rugby league glory against Uruguay's Jason Livingstone at Waminda Oval this weekend. Picture: Brett Atkins

Face-off: Peru's Cory Daniela is ready to fight for rugby league glory against Uruguay's Jason Livingstone at Waminda Oval this weekend. Picture: Brett Atkins

A taste of South America is coming to Campbelltown this weekend.

The very first clash between fledgling rugby league nations Peru and Uruguay will be held at Waminda Oval this Sunday, September 15.

The international match is setting up to be a springboard to spread the game to the Latin nations.

Not only is the match the first face-off between Peru and Uruguay, it's also the first 'fair dinkum' international rugby league match between two Latin American countries.

Match organiser Jaime Perez, of Peru Rugby League, said both nations were just at the start of their rugby league journeys.

"Our aim is to start a rugby league competition in Peru and eventually be recognised by the Rugby League International Federation," he said. "To us, this is a chance to showcase and publicise our sport and reinvigorate our plan to highlight Peruvian rugby league not just in South America but in Macarthur as well.

"Waminda Oval is our home ground and we want to ingrain ourselves in the Macarthur community."

'Latino rugby league' seriously kicked off in 2016 thanks to a group called Latin Heat, which organised competitions in the Sevens and Nines formats between countries such as Brazil, Nicaragua, Chile, El Salvador and of course, Peru and Brazil.

Perez said the Waminda Oval international clash was the next step up, as both teams had a full squad of players available.

"We also have internationals lined up against Brazil and Colombia next year, but this one on September 15 against Uruguay is very important for us," he said. "They already play rugby union in Peru, so rugby league is the natural progression."

Uruguay Rugby League's recently-elected Australian president Ruben Biurra said the game was important for his crew.

"This rugby league game is extremely important - it will put us on the map," he said.

"It's our first proper international game, so it's sort of a milestone. I'm sure both countries will be trying very hard to win bragging rights."

The game kicks off at 2pm, but there will be heaps on offer to entertain spectators. A celebration of Peruvian and Uruguayan culture will be on the menu from 2pm-5pm with food trucks, dancers and DJs set to give the event a festival atmosphere.