Sunday, June 1, 2014

IRB Nations Cup: Uruguay Squad Named


Los Teros headcoach Pablo Lemoine has named a squad of twenty-six players to represent Uruguay in the IRB Nations Cup in Romania in June. Uruguay is to take on the test sides of Romania and Russia in addition to Emerging Ireland in the official IRB tournament. It is to serve as preparation for the up-coming Rugby World Cup qualifying match in which Uruguay will host Hong Kong on August 2 in Montevideo. The squad set to play in Bucharest is to be understrength and will depart for Romania on June 8.



For Lemoine the central objective of the IRB Nations Cup was to assemble a full strength Teros squad but this has not been possible as a combination of European based players requiring recovery time and injuries and / or work complicating the selection of a number of domestic based players. None of Rodolfo De Mula,  Oscar Dúran, Arturo Avalo, Santiago Vilaseca, Juan Gaminara, Mario Sagario, Felipe Berchesi or Agustín Ormaechea are to tour. Also not included is Rodrigo Capó Ortega who played in the Top 14 Final in Paris on Saturday.

The tournament itself carries no overall importance in terms of qualifying for the World Cup but with Romania and Russia both being ranked higher than Uruguay in the IRB World Rankings Uruguay does havve the chance to rise, possibly above Russia. Should Uruguay succeed in doing so then the return match of a potential home and away Final Place Play-Off for Rugby World Cup 2015 would see Uruguay hosting th return fixture.

Uruguay is to play its opening fixture in Bucharest on June 13 against Romania.The second round clash against Emerging Ireland will be on June 18 while the test match against Russia is to be on June 22. The match against Russia is likely to be an indication of what is to come in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. While Uruguay pushed the USA Russia was given a tough match by Germany.

Player
Position
Alejo Corral
Prop
Francisco Jiménez
Prop
Juan Echeverría
Prop
Carlos Arboleya
Hooker
Nicolás Klappenbach
Hooker
Mathías Beer
Second-row
Cristofer Soares de Lima
Second-row
Mateo Sanguinetti
Second-row
Agustín Alonso
Back-row
Fernando Bascou
Back-row
Mathías Braun
Back-row
Diego Magno
Back-row
Franco Lamanna
Back-row
Alejandro Nieto
Back-row
Alejo Durán
Scrum-half
Guillermo Lijtenstein
Scrum-half
Rodrigo Silva
Fly half
Alberto Román
Centre
Joaquín Prada
Centre
Juan De Freitas
Centre
Pedro Deal
Wing
Santiago Gilbernau
Wing
Leandro Leivas
Wing
Federico Favaro
Wing
Jerónimo Etcheverry
Fullback
Gastón Mieres
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