Monday, April 14, 2014

Junior World Trophy: Teritos named to face Namibia

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Former Uruguayan internationals Martín Mendaro and Nicolás Grillé have named their starting lineup to represent Uruguay at under 20 level for Tuesday´s IRB Junior World Trophy match against Namibia in Hong Kong. The South American country enters the match in fine form having defeated Japan and competing to a draw with Canada. The match is the final one for both teams in the pool. Victory for Uruguay could see Los Teritos secure top spot in the pool.

The eight team tournament which acts as the Under 20 B World Cup is divided into two pools. Uruguay is the only team yet to lose a match in Pool B which also includes Canada, Japan and Namibia. The USA is in control of Pool A which includes Georgia, Hong Kong and Tonga. Uruhuay will fade the USA if it can defeat Namibia and if Canada defeats Japan. 

The Uruguayan side to face Namibia is as follows:

1 – Facundo Gattas
2 – Germán Kessler
3 – Luis Leites
4 – Santiago Suárez
5 – Ignacio Dotti
6 – Diego Ardao
7 – Manuel Castro (Capitán)
8 – Tomás Grunwaldt
9 – Facundo Klappenbach
10 – Manuel Blengio
11 – Santiago Carrasco
12 – Rodrigo Bocking
13 – Pedro Deal
14 – Andrés Bancheri
15 – Matías Pla
16 – Diego Arbelo
17 – Diego Larrauri
18 – Rafael Mones
19 – Guzmán Soto
20 – Leandro Segredo
21 – Phil Johnson
22 – Baltasar Brum


  1. Victory for Uruguay actually doesn't secure the pool. Japan are on top of the pool in spite of having an inferior record, thanks to the bonus points they've racked up along the way. A Japanese bonus point win over Canada would see Japan through regardless of the Uruguay-Namibia result.

    1. It's good to see Uruguay doing well, but the real story of this tornament has been the abject display from Canada.
      They were runners-up last year and this year, they were well beaten by Namibia. There has been plenty of speculation as to why Canada has been so poor on social media.

      One thing that has to be said is that trying to pull your best players together in a large expansive country where your sport is a minority one, isn't always easy!

      Despite losing to the USA, Georgia has looked most impressive!