Saturday, September 13, 2014

RWC Qualifier: Rodrigo Capó Ortega in Uruguay Squad for Russia

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Los Teros Headcoach Pablo Lemoine has confirmed Uruguay's squad that is to fly to Siberia to face Russia in the first of two elimination matches in the final round of Rugby World Cup Qualification. The squad features three changes from that which defeated Hong Kong 28-3 last month in Montevideo with the most notable change being the eagerly awaited return of Castres veteran Rodrigo Capó Ortega to international rugby. Also called up by Lemoine are Rodrigo Silva and Leandro Levias who both missed the Hong Kong match through injury. 


For the first time since November 2009 Rodrigo Capó Ortega is to play international rugby. The thirty-three year old has missed five years of international duty due to a combination of Uruguay lacking a calendar comparable to leading countries, previous infighting within Uruguayan rugby and club duty coincides with dates. 

The problems of the past have been resolved and the 2013 French Top 14 champion is now set to be the most noteworthy player on the field in Krasnoyarsk on September 27. The match is to be the first of two with Montevideo being the setting for the return fixture on October 11. The winner, on aggregate, will qualify for Rugby World Cup 2015 as the Play-Off Winner and thus take the only remaining place in the tournament. 

The successful team is to face Australia, England, Fiji and Wales in Pool A. The group has been termed the Pool of Death and is arguably the toughest ever pool in the history of the Rugby World Cup. It features four previous Rugby World Cup Quarter Finalists and of the four two have won Rugby World Cups and another is a two-time Semi Finalist. 

Lemoine's quest to see Uruguay return to the World Cup for the first time since 2003 has seen changes made from Hong Kong with second-rower Christian Soares, prop Rodolfo de Mula and scrumhalf Guillermo Lijstesntein all missing out for the visit to Siberia. The squad named consists of twenty-three players - the official number for an international match.

Of the twenty-three players eighteen are based in Uruguay and five abroad. Capó Ortega is the most notable and is joined in France by the highly regarded scrumhalf Agustín Ormaechea who plays for Mont de Marsan in the Pro d2 and Felipe Berchesi who moved to SOC, Chambery from Italy during the off-season. Also based aborad are second-rower Franco Lamanna who plays in Perugia, Italy and veteran front-rower Alejo Corral who plays for SIC in Buenos Aires.

Alejo Corral
Prop
Oscar Duran
Prop
Carlos Arboleya
Prop
Nicolás Klappenbach
Hooker
Arturo Avalo
Hooker
Matías Palomeque
Second-row
Franco Lamanna
Second-row
Rodrigo Capó Ortega
Second-row
Santiago Vilaseca
Second-row
Juan De Freitas
Back-row
Juan Gaminara
Back-row
Diego Magno
Back-row
Alejandro Nieto
Back-row
Alejo Durán
Scrum half
Agustín Ormaechea
Scrum-half
Felipe Berchesi
Fly half
Rodrigo Silva
Fly half
Joaquín Prada
Centre
Alberto Román
Centre
Leandro Leivas
Centre
Jerómino Etcheverry
Wing
Santiago Gilbernau
Wing
Gastón Mieres
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