Saturday, May 30, 2015

International Rugby: Uruguay v Fiji Team Lists

The third and final match of Fiji's South American tour is to see the Fiji Warriors facing Uruguay in a non-capped international on Sunday afternoon in Montevideo. The previous match, played last Saturday, saw Fiji winning 30-22. This weekend's match will be contested for the Copa Scotiabank but more importantly is a preview of the Rugby World Cup 2015 Pool fixture in which the teams will play a Pool A match in Milton Keynes. The teams are to join Australia, England and Wales in the toughest of the four pools. Only the top two will advance to the play-offs. The third will receive the consolation prize of qualifying directly for Rugby World Cup 2019 in Japan.  

Coming off a 23-21 upset victory over Argentina on Wednesday Fiji is looking to complete a perfect tour by winning at the Estadio Charrúa on Sunday. Doing so will require a strong performance given the high demands of playing twice in the space of five days. In an effort to given themselves the best possible opportunity Fiji has made eight changes. 

Uruguay is also a changed side, most notably with scrum half Agustín Ormaechea back from France to start the match. His club, Mont de Marsan, lost the Pro d2 final 16-15 against Agen on Sunday in a match featuring veteran Chilean Sergio Valdes and Canadian Taylor Paris. In returning to Uruguay Ormaechea is to now remain with the squad until the completion of the World Cup in England and Wales. 

Ormaechea's return is highly significant for Uruguay and four others have also been added - Nicolás Klappenbach, Alejo Corral, Matías Beer and Manuel Blengio. The team is, however, not at full strength as the likes of Rodrigo Capó Ortega and Felipe Berchesi remain outside of the squad for the time being. They should all be a part of Uruguay v Argentina on August 01, Uruguay's final home match before the World Cup. 

Shortly after facing the Fiji Warriors Uruguay's test team is to travel to Georgia to take-part in the 2015 Tbilisi Cup. The four team competition will see the test teams of Georgia and Uruguay being joined by the 'A' teams from both Ireland and Italy. In July Uruguay's players will undergo a reconditioning program before hosting Argentina and then departing to play matches against Japan and a Basque XV before debuting against Wales in Cardiff in the opening weekend of the World Cup. 

Fiji Warriors
Alejo Corral
Peni Ravai
Nicolás Klappenbach
Jale Sassen
Mario Sagario
Leeroy Atalifo
Santiago Vilaseca
Apisai Naikatini
Jorge Zerbino
Savenaca Tabakanalagi
Matías Beer
Timoci Sauvoli
Diego Magno
John Dyer
Agustín Alonso
Jolame Bera
Agustín Ormaechea
Serupepeli Vularika
Manuel Blengio
Kini Douglas
Joaquín Prada
Josaia Quminakelo
Alberto Román
Eroni Vasiteri
Santiago Gilbernau
John Stewart
Francisco Bulanti
Nacani Wakaya
Rodrigo Silva
Tikilaci Vuniau
Oscar Durán
Isireli Ledua
German Kessler
Joeli Veitayaki
Mateo Sanguinetti
Taniela Koroi
Mathias Palomeque
Mataiasi Ucutabua
Fernando Bascou
Malakai Namalo
Mathias Braun
Emori Waqa
Alejo Duran
Saimoni Tuiaucala
Andrews Vilaseca
Sam Speight

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