Friday, August 1, 2014

Rugby World Cup Qualification: Uruguay team to face Hong Kong

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Los Teros headcoach Pablo Lemoine has named a strong lineup for tomorrow's Rugby World Cup elimination qualifier against Hong Kong in Montevideo. The South Americans are seeking a return to the World Cup for the first time since 2003 while Hong Kong is looking to play in a Rugby World Cup for the first time in history. In terms of experience and IRB World Rankings Uruguay is the favorite to advance to the Play-Off Final. Also playing on Saturday will be Russia and Zimbabwe. The winner of the match in Siberia is to face the Uruguay or Kong Hong in September and October.  

Retro Friday: Rodrigo Capó Ortega scores against Samoa in 2003

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The biggest name in Uruguayan rugby today is Rodrigo Capó Ortega. Despite now being aged 33 Castres Olympique second-rower is still considered to be amongst the best in his position in France. Having reached a second consecutive Final tis past season he was named in the dream team. Capped 37 times he has a remarkable return for a forward of 12 tries. His third test try came in Rugby World Cup 2003 in Uruguay's second pool match against Samoa. Capó Ortega will not be involved in Saturday's Rugby World Cup qualifier against Hong Kong. Should Uruguay win against Asia's second best rugby playing nation then it will advance to the Final Place Play-Off against the winner of Russia v Zimbabwe which is also being played tomorrow.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

CONSUR: 2014 South American Championship B Dates

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It has been confirmed that the 2014 South American B Championship is to be played between August 31 and September 6 in Colombia. The competition is to feature four countries, three of which are full IRB members, battling it out to determine who is is to be the champion of South America's Second Tier competition and thus the fifth best rugby playing nation in the continent behind Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay, Brazil and Chile. The four participants are all from northern South America. Joining Colombia will be three countries with which it shares international borders -  Peru, Venezuela and the 2013 CONSUR C champions Ecuador. 

Los Pumas: Hourcade Shows his cards for South Africa

Créditos: Rodrigo Vergara - UAR
Los Pumas headcoach Daniel Hourcade has provided a solid preview of who he intended to start against South Africa in the opening round of the Rugby Championship in sixteen days time. The team he has named to face Grenoble in Catamarca on Saturday features just two changes from the team that played in last Friday's match against the same opposition at CASI. The two changes made see Marcos Ayerza and Jerónimo de La Fuente replacing Lucas Noguera Paz and the injured Juan Martín Hernández in the starting fifteen.    

Rugby World Cup Qualification: Pablo Lemoine and Uruguay's Vision

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Many in Uruguay are talking of Saturday's clash against Hong Kong as being the most important match of the year. A win for Los Teros would see the South Americans advance to the final stage of Rugby World Cup qualification and set up a home and away series against either Russia or Zimbabwe in September and October. For coach Pablo Lemoine qualification is vastly important but it is not just about helping the sport develop in the country. To the contrary Lemoine contends that it is about much more as rugby offers young players taking up the sport with values that can help shape future by instilling values. 

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Rugby Championship: Hourcade's Four-Point Game Plan

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The national rugby union team of the leading rugby nation from the Americas, Argentina, is set to play its final home fixture this coming Saturday before the kick-off of the third annual Rugby Championship. Los Pumas will play host to Top 14 club side Grenoble in the northern city of Catamarca with headcoach Daniel Hourcade looking to do much more than have his side win the series 2-0. El Huevo is in rapid search of implementing an altered game plan, an approach he believes will give Argentina a greater chance of winning test matches. 

Los Pumas: Squad Named to face Grenoble in Catamarca

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Créditos: Rodrigo Vergara – UAR
Los Pumas headcoach Daniel Hourcade has named a twenty-nine man squad for Saturday's Rugby Championship warm-up fixture to be played in Catamarca. The squad contains one less player than that from the first match which took place last Friday at CASI club in Greater Buenos Aires. Missing is Juan Martín Hernández who will not play in the match due to having picked up a minor leg injury. He is, nonetheless, expected to be fully fit to fly with the squad to South Africa next week and start for his county at inside centre in the Rugby Championship.  

International Rugby: Argentine Player with an American Eagles Dream

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USA under 23 utility back Lucas Baistrocchi is a player with a bright future. Born and raised in Buenos Aires the twenty-three year old has gone on to represent his adopted country, the USA and is a possibility to go on to national honor at senior level this year. The junior Eagle has ambitions to do so and has said he is confident that he could. He grew up playing rugby for Belgrano Athletic, the same club that produced Tomás Cubelli and Marcelo Bosch. Aged fourteen Baistrocchi moved to Florida as a 14 year old with his family and subsequently attended high school and graduated with a college degree in Sports Management.  

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Rugby World Cup Qualifier: Uruguay and Hong Kong Squads

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The squads of Uruguay and Hong Kong have been announced for Saturday's must-win Rugby World Cup qualifier in Montevideo. The winner will advance to the Play-Off Final while there is no prize for the runner-up as the losing side will be eliminated. The home side has a twenty-seven man squad preparing for the match deemed to be the most important of the year across social media. The visitors, for their part, have twenty-three players in their squad. The Asians are presently en route to South America and will arrive on Wednesday due to the huge distances involved and time zones. The match is to kick-off at 3:45pm local time at Uruguay's national rugby stadium the Estadio Charrúa.