Sunday, March 16, 2014

RWC Qualifier: Five European based Teros return to face the USA

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Etcheverry has arrived for the match
Los Teros headcoach Pablo Lamoine is to have five European based players in his twenty-five man squad to face the USA next Saturday in Montevideo. The squad will be cut to twenty-three on Tuesday. Uruguay is seeking a return to the Rugby World Cup after missing out on qualification for the two previous tournaments. The South American country won one match at the 1999 and 2003 Rugby World Cups. 

Los Teros fullback Jerónimo Etcheverry and fly half Felipe Berchesi have arrived back in Montevideo from Italy and are to be joined by other European based players arriving in Uruguay to face the USA. French based Scrum-half Agustín Ormaechea, Buenos Aires based prop Alejo Coral and the French based prop Mario Sagario are to join them as the foreign based players in the twenty-five man Los Teros squad. 

Uruguay will not, however be at full strength. Not involved in the two match series is the most notable Uruguayan player, Rodrigo Capó Ortega. The current French champion will not face the USA for family reasons - that being the birth of his daughter. Capó Ortega could be involved in the repercharge phase of Rugby World Cup 2015 qualification. Indeed, that is if Uruguay do not topple the USA beforehand. 

Also missing is inside centre Alberto Román and number 8 Juan Diego Ormaechea who were not selected. The pair were involved in Uruguay´s win against Spain last November in Montevideo but will not be required for international duty next weekend. 

The match is to be the first of two Rugby World Cup qualifiers between Uruguay and the USA. The second will take place in Atlanta the following weekend. The winner of the two matches on aggregate will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015 as Americas 2 and will join South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and the winner of the 2014 Asian Five Nations in Pool B. 

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