Friday, September 26, 2014

RWC Qualifier: Uruguay team named to face Russia

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Los Teros Headcoach Pablo Lemoine has confirmed his lineup for tomorrow's vital Rugby World Cup qualification fixture in Krasnoyark, Russia. With the final vacant place at Rugby World Cup 2011 set to go to either Russia or Uruguay the match in Siberia is crucial to both teams ahead of the second fixture to be played in Montevideo in two weeks time. Although the prize is a place in the pool of death the match is serious business for not only both teams but rugby followers and players from the world over. As pictured to the right members of the All Blacks team and coaching staff have shown their support to Uruguay.

In an effort to have a solid platform upfront and backs who offer attacking options outside Lemoine has named a balanced team, and one which should be able to compete well for the full 80 minutes. Of note is the make-up of the bench with there being an additional forward with Lemoine having two specialist second-rowers and a back-rower included. 

The long-awaited return of Rodrigo Capó Ortega to the national team sees the highly regarded Mathias Palomeque dropping to the bench. Capó Ortega will form a powerful second-row combination with Santiago Vilaseca and have the Italian based Franco Lamanna joining Palomeque on the bench. Juan De Freitas is to cover the back-row while a move of one of Uruguay's second-rowers to the back-row is also very possible

Starting in the back-row will be Diego Magno, Alejandro Nieto and Juan Manuel Gaminara. The trio offer a combination of reliable ball-carriers and aggressive defenders. Such a combination will be looking to slow down Russia with the respected Teros scrum looking to dominate up front. 

The front-row is to consist of veterans Alejo Corral, Oscar Durán and captain Nicolás Klappenbach. They have all been playing for their country for a number of years and should give Uruguay a notable advantage. Arturo Avalo and Carlos Arboleya are the reserve front-rowers and with them being several years younger Uruguay ought to genuinely have fresh legs to call upon. 

The French-based halves combination of Agustín Ormaechea and Felipe Berchesi will again start for Uruguay. In recent times the combination has established itself as arguably the best Tier 3 halves combination in world rugby. Joining them in the backs will be á centres combination of Alberto Román and Joaquín Prada while Jerónimo Etcheverry, Santiago Gilbernau and Gastón Mieres are to be the starting back-three. Leandro Leivas and Alejo Duran offer reliable replacements. 

Despite being a European v Americas fixture the match is not being played in either continent. Rather it is to be played in Siberia, Northern Asia.The city is a rugby stronghold but due to its location the match is to kick-off at 4am Uruguayan time. A free Live Stream will enable the match to be viewed by live the world over. 


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Alejo Corral
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Santiago Vilaseca
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Diego Magno
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France SO Chambérien
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Uruguay Carrasco Polo
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Uruguay Pucaru Stade Gaulois
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Uruguay Los Cuervos
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Uruguay Lobos de Punta del Este
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Uruguay Carrasco Polo
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Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
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Italy CUS Perugia
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Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú
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Uruguay Trébol de Paysandú

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