Friday, March 21, 2014

RWC Qualifier: Uruguay team named to face USA


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Los Teros headcoach Pablo Lemoine has named his team to face the USA at home on Saturday. Uruguay will play host to the USA in a Rugby World Cup 2015 qualifying match with the winner on aggreate to join South Africa, Samoa, Scotland and the top Asian qualifier in Pool B of the tournament. 

The team named by Lemoine is significantly amateur in its make-up. Indeed while the USA will have players such as Todd Clever, Cam Dolan, Scott LaValla, Samu Manoa, Folau Niua, Blaine Scully, Hayden Smith, Andrew Suniula and Chris Wyles starting Uruguay´s team has a team mainly consisting of local based players. 

The most notable Uruguayan player is Agustín Ormaechea who is to play opposite Mike Petri and should certainly out play the New Yorker. Ormaechea has been having a stand-out season for Mont de Marsan in France´s second division but is to b a lone wolf against the USA Eagles on Saturday. Missing will be Rodrigo Capó Ortega who has remained in France due to the expected birth of his daughter. Unfortunately for global rugby he will nonetheless play rugby on Saturday  but for Castres against Brive. He is to start in the second-row.

Another area in which Uruguay can be expected to do well is the scrum. The Uruguayan front-row will expect to get the better of the North Americans and will liekly provide Ormaechea with quality ball. The strength of the backline and the back-row, though, will be severely questioned by a USA side featuring some players in red-hot form in Europe. 

The match is to begin at 16:00 local time and will be streamed live and free of charge by the IRB. It is to be played at the Estadio Charrúa which is the home of Uruguayan rugby. Tickets for the match range from $100 Uruguayan pesos to $250. Gates are to open at 12:30pm.


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