Uruguay

Published on: 23rd August 2015

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 Team Preview – Uruguay

World Ranking: 19

Odds of Winning: 10000/1

Road to Qualification: Beat Russia in a two-leg final to qualify through repechage after losing to the USA in the Americas qualifying tournament.

Recent Results:

Uruguay 13 – 23 Emerging Italy

Uruguay 8 – 30 Japan

World Cup Pool Games:

Date Time Team v Team Stadium
Sunday, 20 September 15 14:30 Uruguay v Wales Millennium Stadium
Sunday, 27 September 15 12:00 Uruguay v Australia Villa Park
Tuesday, 6 October 15 20:00 Uruguay v Fiji Stadium MK
Saturday, 11 October 15 20:00 Uruguay v England Leicester City
Stadium

Strengths:

  • Unknown Quantity
  • Individual Stars
  • Good Pack

Weaknesses:

  • Lack Professionals
  • Reliant on key players
  • Very little World Cup experience

Key Players:

  • Joaquin Prada – A rising star in Uruguayan Rugby, this outside centre has the ability to glide around defences.

  • Felipe Berchesi – An ex 7s player who has become the first choice Fly Half for his national team, Berchesi will be one of the most important players for Los Teros this tournament.

  • Agustin Ormaechea – A player who played alongside Berchesi in 7s, this skillful scrumhalf will be looking to stand out on the big stage.


Squad:

Front Row:

Carlos Arboleya (Hooker) 

Germán Kessler (Hooker)

Nicolás Klappenbach (Hooker)

Alejo Corral (Prop)

Oscar Durán (Prop)

Mario Sagario (Prop)

Mateo Sanguinetti (Prop)

Locks:

Franco Lamanna

Mathias Palomeque

Santiago Vilaseca (Captain)

Jorge Zerbino

Backrow

Agustín Alonso (Flanker)

Fernando Bascou (Flanker)

Matías Beer (Flanker)

Juan De Freitas (Flanker)

Juan Manuel Gaminara (Flanker)

Diego Magno (Flanker)

Alejandro Nieto (No 8)

Backs

Scrumhalf

Alejo Durán 

Agustín Ormaechea 

Flyhalf

Felipe Berchesi

Manuel Blengio

Rodrigo Silva

Centre

Joaquín Prada

Alberto Román

Andrés Vilaseca

Back 3

Francisco Bulanti (Wing)

Santiago Gilbernau (Wing)

Leandro Leivas (Wing)

Jerónimo Etcheverry (Fullback)

Gastón Mieres (Fullback) 

Summary:

Uruguay ultimately ended up qualifying for the World Cup the hard way, the repechage. After a draw and a loss against the USA they were cast out of the Americas qualifying route and after a long journey ended up defeating Russia over two legs, the second of which in front of a crowd of 14,000 in Montevideo, a record for Uruguayan Rugby. Uruguay have a strong pack and skillful backs and a lot of guts, but lack of professionalism and experience might just get the better of them in a tough group. However, being in such a tight group might mean that a stray try or penalty from Los Teros could send England, Australia, Wales or Fiji kicking and screaming out of the competition earlier than they had hoped. As for Uruguay’s chances of making it out of the group; they didn’t even qualify for the last two world cups, haven’t won a match since April, have only a handful of professional players and their squad captain mysteriously retired right before World Cup training began. I think it’s safe to say they’ll go all the way to the final.

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