Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Rodrigo Capó Ortega will not face the USA for family reasons

Capó Ortega to miss
RWC Qualifiers
With Uruguay and the USA set to face-off next month to determine who will join South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and the top Asian qualifier in Pool B of Rugby World Cup 2015 the latest news coming out of Uruguay is concerning. The countries best player, arguably of all time, Rodrigo Capó Ortega will not be imvolved. The Castres second-rower is confirmed as being out of the match.  

The thirty-three year old veteran of Rugby World Cup 2003 told Uruguayan rugby site Rugby News that he would not be representing Uruguay in the up-coming home and away matches against the USA. The current French champion wll not play due to the birth of his daughter which is expected in April. Indeed, Capó Ortega was expected to be involved in the qualification matches but he had to change his plans for family reasons. In other words his non-involvement has nothing to do with Castres or the LNR refusing his release for international duty. 

Uruguay now awaits the return of the countries most notable player for the probable home and away series against Russia in November. The runner up of Uruguay v the USA will enter the repercharge phase of Rugby World Cup qualification which will see the American nation facing the number two Asian qualifier, likely Hong Kong or South Korea with the highest ranked nation, according to the IRB World Rankings, hosting the one-off fixture. 

During the qualification process for Rugby World Cup 2011 this saw Uruguay facing Kazakhstan and upon winning the match Uruguay then secured a place in the repercharge final against Romania who had defeated Tunisia after finishing as Europe 3 in the qualification series. This time around Romania is likely to qualify as Europe 2 and thus enter Pool D to face Canada, France, Ireland and Italy. Georgia, meanwhile, remains on track to be the top European qualifier and thus face Argentina, New Zealand, Tonga and he top African qualifier. 

Capó Ortega could therefore make his long awaited return to appear in the repercharge final, likely against Russia in November. This being the case then it would mark five years since he last test appearance. Capó Ortega has not played a test match since captaining Los Teros against the USA in November 2009. Issues between the administration and players from his Montevideo club, Carrasco Polo, resulted in him playing no part in the matches against Romania that saw the Europeans secure the final spot for the World Cup in New Zealand.

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