World Cup player profiles: Uruguay

Date published: September 11 2015

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Ahead of the 2015 Rugby World Cup, we take a look at all of the players set to feature in England. Next up,Uruguay.

Forwards:  Alejo Corral, Carlos Arboleya, Oscar Duran, Mateo Sanguinetti, Mario Sagario, Nicolas Klappenbach, German Kessler, Mathias Palomeque, Santiago Vilaseca, Franco Lamanna, Jorge Zerbino, Agustin Alonso, Fernando Bascou, Matias Beer, Juan Manuel Gaminara, Alejandro Nieto, Juan de Freitas, Diego Magno.

Backs: Agustin Ormaechea, Alejo Duran, Felipe Berchesi, Manuel Blengio, Andres Vilaseca, Joaquin Prada, Alberto Roman, Francisco Bulanti, Santiago Gibernau, Leandro Leivas, Rodrigo Silva, Gaston Mieres and Jeronimo Etcheverry.


AGUSTIN ALONSO

Flanker    1.73m    81kg    24.09.1991

A versatile back-row, Alonso plies his trade with Montevideo back in Uruguay, and has been part of the national set-up since 2014. He made his debut away to Romania, coming off the bench, and has since been used at both blindside flanker and number eight.


CARLOS ARBOLEYA

Hooker/Prop    1.73m    100kg    23.07.1985

Able to play at both prop and hooker, Arboleya made his Test debut in 2004 against Georgia. Uruguay have 41 percent win rate when he plays. He plays his club rugby for Trebol.


FERNANDO BASCOU

Flanker    1.85m     90kg    05.04.1987

Experienced openside flanker Bascou made his Test debut back in 2011 against Spain. He has been involved with los Teros regularly since then, and was part of the Uruguay team that beat an Argentine XV in August 2015.


MATIAS BEER

Lock    1.93m    85kg    16.12.1993

Young back-row Matias Beer earned his first cap aged just 20 against Paraguay in 2014. He actually started out in the second row for los Teros, but has since been used more in the back row. He plays club rugby for Old Christians.


FELIPE BERCHESI
Fly-half    1.78m    80kg    12.04.1991

Another of Uruguay's professional players, Berchesi plies his trade in France for Carcassonne in Pro D2, earning the move after a prolific season with Chambéry in Fédérale 1. An accomplished goal-kicker, he reached 100 points in Test rugby in August's warm-up clash with Japan.


MANUEL BLENGIO

Fly-half    1.83m    76kg    28.04.1994

A young fly-half, Blengio has earned 10 caps in his first year of international rugby, after making his debut against Paraguay in April. He plays his club rugby for Old Christians.


FRANCINO BHULANTI

Wing    1.78m    87kg    12.04.1980

The oldest player in the Uruguay squad, Bulanti is now 35, having made his debut all the way back in 2004. After being in and out of the side for much of his career, he has featured more regularly in recent seasons, however he is not first choice among the wingers in the squad.


ALEJO CORRAL

Prop    1.80m    105kg     11.09.1981

Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Alejo Corral is the younger brother of Matías Corral, who played for Argentina from 1992 and until his retirement after the 1995 Rugby World Cup and Estanislao Corral, member of the squad that drew against Australia in 1987. The three brothers are loosehead props. His family moved to Uruguay while he was still in primary school. He made his Test debut in 2005.


JUAN DE FREITAS

Flanker    1.90m    100kg    13.12.1989

After making his Test debut aged just 20, De Freitas as featured regularly for Uruguay, racking up 34 caps. He is incredibly versatile, having started Tests both in the centres, at fly-half, on the wing and in the back row, and was even used as a replacement scrum-half during the qualifiers against Russia.


ALEJO DURAN

  Fly-half    1.70m    75kg    20.05.1991

A versatile half-back, Duran has played both scrum-half and fly-half for Uruguay although he is most regularly used off the bench. Still only 24, he plays his club rugby for Trébol de Paysandú.


OSCAR DURAN

Hooker    1.70m    100kg    01.01.1982

An experienced front rower, Duran has featured at both hooker and prop at Test level. He made his debut back in 2001 and has made over 30 appearances for his country.


JERONIMO ETCHEVERRY

Fullback/Wing    1.70m    75kg    11.01.1988

Third in Uruguay's all-time points list, Etcheverry has already racked up over 200 points at Test level. A fly-half or full-back, he spent three years in Italy with Valpolicella before returning to Uruguay in 2014.


JUAN MANUAL GAMINARA
Flanker     1.70kg    90kg    01.05.1989

A part of the Uruguay squad since 2010, Gaminara is relatively experienced at Test level, with 23 caps to his name before the World Cup. A regular over the last two years, he started both games against Russia as Uruguay qualified for the tournament.


SANTIAGO GIBERNAU

Wing    1.80m    80kg    15.05.1988

Experienced winger Gibernau has been part of the Uruguay set-up since 2009, and has also started games in the centres and at full-back for los Teros. He plays his club rugby for Carrasco Polo.


GERMAN KESSLER

Hooker    1.83m    104kg    01.07.1994

A young hooker, Kessler made his debut in 2015 against Paraguay. Used mainly as a reserve he started only four of his first 11 games. He plays his club rugby for Los Cuervos.


NICOLAS KLAPPENBACH

Back-row     1.78m    97kg    25.03.1982

A practicing physician, Klappenbach plays for Champagnat Rugby, in Uruguay. He made his Test debut in 2005 and has also captained the national team.


FRANCO LAMANNA

Lock    1.90m    90kg    05.10.1991

Second row Lamanna made his debut in 2012, when he was still just 20 years old. He has racked up 22 caps since then, while he plays his club rugby for Carrasco Polo Club. He also had a brief spell in Italy playing for Perugia in the Italian Serie A but returned home after suffering a serious knee injury.


LEANDRO LEIVAS

Wing    1.80m    94kg    06.07.1988

Winger Leivas has been an important part of the Uruguay side in recent seasons, and has won 41 caps since making his debut in 2008. He has two Test hat-tricks to his name, against Chile and Kazakhstan.


DIEGO MAGNO

Lock/Flanker    1.88m    96kg    27.04.1989

He may be just 26 years old, but back row Magno is already Uruguay most experienced player in their World Cup squad, with 48 caps to his name. After making his debut back in 2008, he has been used both in the second row and the back row and has also captained the side on two occasions.


GASTON MIERES

Utility-back    1.78m    70kg    05.10.1989

Based in Italy, Mieres is one of the more experienced members of the Uruguay squad, with 36 caps to his name. Capable of playing on the wing or at full-back, he plays his club rugby for Valpolicella.


ALEJANDRO NIETO

Number-eight    1.85m    105kg    07.01.1988

Powerful number eight Nieto has been part of the Uruguay squad since 2012, notching up 27 caps in the four seasons since breaking through. He plays club rugby for Champagnat, and started the play-off games against Russia in 2014.


AGUSTIN ORMEACHEA

Scrum-half    1.80m    88kg    08.03.1991

One of the very few professionals in the Uruguay squad, Ormaechea arguably arrives at the World Cup with the most pedigree, playing his club rugby for Pro D2 side Mont de Marsan. A former Sevens player, as well as a scrum-half at XVs, he is the son of the legendary Diego Ormaechea, Uruguay's greatest ever player.


MATHIAS PALOMEQUE

Lock    1.91m     100kg    10.07.1986

An experienced, highly-regarded lock in his home country, Palomeque made his Test debut against Brazil in 2011. He plays his club rugby for Trébol de Paysandú.


JOAQUIN PRADA

Centre    1.80m    87kg    15.07.1991

A regular for Uruguay over the last three seasons, Prada is most often used at outside centre, but has also played fly-half and on the wing for his country. An occasional goal-kicker, the 24-year-old plays his club rugby for Los Cuervos. His try against Russia proved crucial as Uruguay qualified for the World Cup.


ALBERTO ROMAN

Centre    1.78m    95kg    01.06.1987

A key member of the Uruguay squad, Roman has generally been used in the centres, although he has dropped out of the starting lineup in the build-up to the World Cup. He did however start both play-off games against Russia in 2014.


MARIO SAGARIO

Prop    1.85m    120kg    29.06.1986

One of only a few Uruguayans to play professional rugby overseas, Sagario plays for RC Massy in the Pro D2 in France having moved there from another French club, Dax, for whom he signed his first professional contract in 2010. A product of the Carrasco Polo Club, he made his Test debut in 2006.  


MATEO SANGUINETTI

Lock    1.85m    94kg     26.07.1992

From the Uruguayan capital city of Montevideo, Sanguinetti made his international debut in 2014 against Brazil.


RODRIGO SILVA

Scrum-half    1.83m    76kg    02.11.1992

A diminutive back, Silva has played at scrum-half, fly-half, on the wing and at full-back in his short Uruguay career so far. His last cap came on the wing during the victory over an Argentine XV in August.


SANTIAGO VILASECA

Flanker    1.75m    80kg    17.09.1984

He currently plays at lock for the Old Boys Club in the Campeonato Uruguayo de Rugby. Vilaseca will captain his country at the 2015 Rugby World Cup. He made his debut against the USA in 2008.


ANDRES VILASECA

Wing    1.85m    82kg    08.05.1991

Centre or winger Andres Vilaseca is the brother of Uruguay skipper Santiago. He made his Test debut on the wing in 2013, but has been used more in the centres recently, starting at inside centre in both games against Japan in August.


JORGE ZERBINO

Lock    1.91m    91kg    27.12.1991

Young lock Zerbino plays his club rugby for Old Christians, and made his international debut for Uruguay in 2015 against Paraguay. He has since featured regularly for the South Americans and started both games in the tour to Japan.

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