RBS 6 Nations : Result : Ireland 16 – 16 Wales

Ireland and Wales draw in Dublin

Ireland and Wales couldn’t be seperated after 80 minutes, the two sides drawing 16-16 at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin.

The first draw between these two nations since 1974 hands them both just one point after both failed to find a late breakthrough with the clock ticking down.Ireland through Conor Murray’s try and two Jonathan Sexton penalties raced out into a 13-0 lead, but it’s a testament to the experience of Wales in this tournament that they never panicked, chipping their way back to level the scores ten minutes in the second half.Jamie Roberts’ spearheaded an impressive defensive effort from Wales, a second-half tackle on Robbie Henshaw angering the crowd despite being clearly legal.

Unglamorous, sure, but no less impressive, as his side gradually ground down Ireland’s lead before Rhys Priestland’s penalty gave them a late lead. Sexton however held his nerve to level the scores once more as the game ended 16-16.

CJ Stander started brightly in his long-awaited debut for Ireland after belting out the national anthem before kick-off, carrying hard to force a penalty against Wales which Sexton converted after six minutes for a 3-0 lead.

Persistent pressure from the hosts forced Wales into putting in a high number of tackles, eventually resulting in a penalty against the visitors for not rolling away as Sexton doubled his tally.

The early departure of in-form Dan Biggar seemed crucial for Wales, Rhys Priestland entering the fray months after his international future looked momentarily over following his move to Bath.

The momentum of the first half hour continued to flow Ireland’s way, culminating eventually in the game’s first try.

Ireland’s big runners were effective and after carries from Robbie Henshaw and Stander, Murray darted his way over around the fringes for an efficient score.

That bright start however nearly came undone after Keith Earls appeared to make a dangerous tackle on Liam Williams. The Ireland winger escaped a yellow card but Priestland did convert the resulting penalty to put Wales on the board.

Taking the initiative Wales continues to hit back and despite an unsteady scrum, Taulupe Faletau was able to power his way over from close-range, having too much energy and strength for Sexton as Ireland looked weary towards the end of the first half – leading 13-10 at the break.

Priestland’s early drop goal attempt at the start of the second half fell wide but he made no mistake with a penalty not long after to tie the scores at 13-13.

As the physicality rose so did the number of handling errors from each side in a contest now filled with tension, the Dublin crowd bursting into a rare roar when Sexton cut through the defensive line and delivered a perfect pass wide to Andrew Trimble only for the winger to be bundled into touch.

A monster set of phases from Wales in Irish territory, 28 in total, resulted finally in a penalty at the ruck for Wales to take the lead for the first time with eight minutes remaining. Priestland rose to the challenge, converting to make it 16-13.

Naturally based on how close the contest was Ireland were given an immediate chance to reply, the Aviva Stadium descending into a hush as Sexton delivered to make it all square once again.

Priestland missed once again going for a drop goal to snatch victory with two minutes left and Ireland had a chance to kick the ball out from a scrum with time up, but instead went for the win.

There was to be however no final score, settling for a 16-16 draw and nursing some battered bodies heading into Round Two.

Man of the Match: A superb debut for CJ Stander but the tackling of Jamie Roberts was so impressive for Wales in midfield.

Moment of the Match: After all those phases Rhys Priestland finally put Wales in front with less than ten minutes to go, his penalty appearing to complete an impressive comeback until Sexton responded.

Villain of the Match: Nothing nasty to report.

The scorers:

For Ireland:
Tries: Murray
Cons: Sexton
Pens: Sexton 3

For Wales:
Tries: 
Faletau
Cons: Priestland
Pens: Priestland 3

Ireland: 15 Simon Zebo, 14 Andrew Trimble, 13 Jared Payne, 12 Robbie Henshaw, 11 Keith Earls, 10 Jonathan Sexton, 9 Conor Murray, 8 Jamie Heaslip, 7 Tommy O’Donnell, 6 CJ Stander, 5 Devin Toner, 4 Mike McCarthy, 3 Nathan White, 2 Rory Best (c), 1 Jack McGrath
Replacements: 16 Sean Cronin, 17 Jerry Cronin, 18 Tadhg Furlong, 19 Donnacha Ryan, 20 Rhys Ruddock, 21 Kieran Marmion, 22 Ian Madigan, 23 Dave Kearney

Wales: 15 Gareth Anscombe, 14 George North, 13 Jonathan Davies, 12 Jamie Roberts, 11 Tom James, 10 Dan Biggar, 9 Gareth Davies, 8 Taulupe Faletau, 7 Justin Tipuric, 6 Sam Warburton (c), 5 Alun-Wyn Jones, 4 Luke Charteris, 3 Samson Lee, 2 Scott Baldwin, 1 Rob Evans
Replacements: 16 Ken Owens, 17 Gethin Jenkins, 18 Tomas Francis, 19 Bradley Davies, 20 Dan Lydiate, 21 Lloyd Williams, 22 Rhys Priestland, 23 Alex Cuthbert

Referee: Jérôme Garcès (France)
Assistant referees: Glen Jackson (New Zealand), Ben O’Keeffe (New Zealand)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)


 

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RBS 6 Nations : Result : Scotland 09 – 15 England

England win to lift Calcutta Cup

England got their Six Nations campaign off to a winning start at Murrayfield on Saturday, edging Scotland 15-9 to lift the Calcutta Cup.

Eddie Jones hinted it wouldn’t be pretty but a victory is all the English wanted to start their new era on a positive note after a poor World Cup.Tries were scored by second-row George Kruis and wing Jack Nowell, with Owen Farrell kicking five points to Greig Laidlaw’s nine for Scotland.It was a pulsating first-half in Edinburgh as England edged the opening quarter before Scotland finished strongly, making the 7-6 scoreline a fair reflection of the first 40 minutes. Those points came via England lock Kruis’ converted score and two Laidlaw penalties in reply.

However, Scotland would rue a Laidlaw penalty miss and also a 40th minute drop-goal attempt from fly-half Finn Russell that went well wide.

England had a pot shot of their own in the first opportunity of the game on ten minutes as George Ford sat back in the pocket. That effort drifted just wide of the post but the visitors did not have to wait long before Kruis reached out after a series of close carries for 7-0.

At this point England were enjoying 80 percent of possession in decent areas so when Scotland came to life in the 17th minute, Murrayfield was full of relieved faces as their charges began to improve. Laidlaw landed a penalty for some reward after Chris Robshaw didn’t roll away.

It could have been 7-6 on the half-hour mark when Ford was penalised for not releasing under pressure from Stuart Hogg and Tommy Seymour. But Laidlaw was off-target as Scotland had to wait until the 38th minute for their next points, this time Joe Launchbury the man not releasing.

As mentioned though, Vern Cotter’s side would possibly feel they should have gone into the dressing room in front after that Russell miss.

The momentum continued to be with Scotland after the turnaround but once again they had little to show for their dominance, with a second crooked lineout throw from hooker Ross Ford not helping their cause, allowing England to clear their lines for a much-needed respite.

Enter Mako Vunipola whose fine form this season in club colours continued for his country, with lovely hands leading to Nowell racing over on the right wing. Farrell though could not land the difficult touchline extras which meant Scotland remained within a score at 12-6 down.

It was predicted that England’s powerful bench would have a say on proceedings and that proved to be the case coming up to the hour as they set up camp in the home 22.

Fortunately for Scotland a loose pass from Ben Youngs gave them a welcome escape up to halfway. However, had that ball been kept in hand there was more than a chance of a breakout try.

The clearance wouldn’t shield them from three key points in the game though as a scrum penalty led to Farrell sending one over to make it 15-6.

Scotland were gifted a route back into the game on 69 minutes when England replacement Courtney Lawes was caught offside from a Mike Brown kick, Laidlaw making no mistake from in front of the uprights as the gap was cut to six points with plenty of time still on the clock.

But England held on and deservedly won the match, seeing out the clash on the front foot as the Jones era began on a positive note.

 

The scorers:

For Scotland:
Pens: Laidlaw 3

For England:
Tries: Kruis, Nowell
Con: Farrell
Pen: Farrell

Scotland: 15 Stuart Hogg, 14 Sean Maitland, 13 Mark Bennett, 12 Matt Scott, 11 Tommy Seymour, 10 Finn Russell, 9 Greig Laidlaw (c), 8 David Denton, 7 John Hardie, 6 John Barclay, 5 Jonny Gray, 4 Richie Gray, 3 Willem Nel, 2 Ross Ford, 1 Alasdair Dickinson
Replacements: 16 Stuart McInally, 17 Gordon Reid, 18 Zander Fagerson, 19 Tim Swinson, 20 Blair Cowan, 21 Sam Hidalgo-Clyne, 22 Duncan Weir, 23 Duncan Taylor

England: 15 Mike Brown, 14 Anthony Watson, 13 Jonathan Joseph, 12 Owen Farrell, 11 Jack Nowell, 10 George Ford, 9 Danny Care, 8 Billy Vunipola, 7 James Haskell, 6 Chris Robshaw, 5 George Kruis, 4 Joe Launchbury, 3 Dan Cole, 2 Dylan Hartley (c), 1 Joe Marler
Replacements: 16 Jamie George, 17 Mako Vunipola, 18 Paul Hill, 19 Courtney Lawes, 20 Jack Clifford, 21 Ben Youngs, 22 Alex Goode, 23 Ollie Devoto

Referee: John Lacey (Ireland)
Assistant Referees: Romain Poite (France), Stuart Berry (South Africa)
TMO: George Ayoub (Australia)


 

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RBS 6 Nations : Result : France 23 -21 Italy

Plisson’s penalty holds off Italy

Jules Plisson’s late penalty was enough for France to hold off Italy 23-21 in a gripping Six Nations opener at the Stade de France.

Virimi Vakatawa crossed on his debut as France outscored their visitors three tries to two, but Sergio Parisse’s late drop-goal attempt nearly snatched victory for the Azzurri, only for his effort to miss.As tactical performances go this was one of Italy’s finest for years and they surpassed all pre-tournament expectations, arguably deserving more for their efforts in an entertaining contest.There is so much hope around France’s new caps, four of which started in Paris with Yacouba Camara an early replacement for Louis Picamoles. That experience felt like a burden until their fly-half Plisson, just 24 himself, landed the crucial penalty with only minutes remaining.

Written off in a hurry before the tournament, this was a fine response from Italy. Competitive as ever in the set-piece, whenever their passes stuck they appeared a real threat, exposing France’s flawed defence. It almost goes without saying that Parisse was excellent such is his class, but this was one of his finest games for some time.

Leonardo Sarto came so close to a moment of brilliance chasing down Edoardo Gori’s box kick but their bright start was rewarded through a drop-goal from Carlo Canna.

Vakatawa’s try shortly followed, despite his foot coming dangerously close to the touchline, but it came at a cost as Picamoles trudged off the field helped by the French medical staff.

A missed penalty and conversion from Sébastien Bezy prevented France’s lead from being healthier after the opening quarter.

By persistenly testing Vakatawa’s positioning with kicks over his head Italy eventually struck back, forcing Maxime Médard to turn and find the safety of touch with his boot. Attacking from the resulting five-metre lineout, Parisse was found at the bottom of the pile after Italy’s maul rumbled over the line to score.

The quick-thinking of Gaël Fickou, taking a tap penalty after Parisse’s deliberate knock-on, helped to spin the ball through the hands allowing Damien Chouly to finish in the corner. Bézy missed his third kick of the contest from out wide.

Canna had the chance to put Italy ahead just before the break, but his penalty drifted wide yet again to leave Italy trailing 10-8 at the interval despite banging on the door late on through Michele Campagnaro who was stopped just short.

Italy’s young fly-half found his range with a first penalty after the break to put the Azzurri ahead, but what happened next stunned the Stade de France.

With so much space on offer Italy profited by getting their runners into gaps at speed, Parisse’s carry putting him on the verge of a second score were it not for Vakatawa’s try-saving tackle. After Italy recycled Canna was there to touch down, converting to make it 18-10.

Now under pressure France looked short of both leadership and also direction in their attack, trying to spread the ball as often as they could with little success. Plisson’s chip and chase was a rare exception, even if the attack came to nothing.

France at last clicked with a sweeping score, started by Vakatawa’s thunderous carry as he dragged tacklers into the 22. Wide the French went as Danty released Hugo Bonneval to score right in the corner. Plisson’s conversion made it a one-point game.

The switch in kickers paid off with a Plisson penalty with 11 minutes to go, putting France back ahead at 20-18, only for replacement number ten Kelly Haimona to swing the lead back Italy’s way with six minutes left.

Parisse, shaking his head after being penalised for playing the ball after being tackled, then watched his Stade Français team-mate Plisson hammer over a monster penalty to make it 23-21.

Italy did their best to force a penalty out of JP Doyle through the scrum, and then for a drop goal – bizarrely taken by all people by Parisse in familiar territory. The number eight’s effort desperately missed, France clinging on.

Man of the Match: Contenders from both sides, with Canna excellent for Italy, but Jules Plisson’late kicks were absolutely vital when France needed direction.

Moment of the Match: Parisse, penalised for trying to carry on after being tackled, and Plisson’s huge penalty thereafter to secure the win.

Villain of the Match: Nothing nasty to report.

The scorers:

For France:
Tries: Vakatawa, Chouly, Bonneval
Cons: Plisson
Pens: Plisson

For Italy:
Tries: Parisse, Canna
Cons: Canna
Pens: Canna, Haimona
Drop: Canna

France: 15 Maxime Médard, 14 Hugo Bonneval, 13 Gaël Fickou, 12 Jonathan Danty, 11 Virimi Vakatawa, 10 Jules Plisson, 9 Sébastien Bezy, 8 Louis Picamoles, 7 Damien Chouly, 6 Wenceslas Lauret, 5 Yoann Maestri, 4 Paul Jedrasiak, 3 Rabah Slimani, 2 Guilhem Guirado (c), 1 Eddy Ben Arous
Replacements: 16 Camille Chat, 17 Uini Atonio, 18 Jefferson Poirot, 19 Alexandre Flanquart, 20 Yacouba Camara, 21 Maxime Machenaud, 22 Jean-Marc Doussain, 23 Maxime Mermoz

Italy: 15 David Odiete, 14 Leonardo Sarto, 13 Michele Campagnaro, 12 Gonzalo Garcia, 11 Mattia Bellini, 10 Carlo Canna, 9 Edoardo Gori, 8 Sergio Parisse (c), 7 Alessandro Zanni, 6 Francesco Minto, 5 Marco Fuser, 4 George Fabio Biagi, 3 Lorenzo Cittadini, 2 Ornel Gega, 1 Andrea Lovotti
Replacements: 16 Davide Giazzon, 17 Matteo Zanusso, 18 Martin Castrogiovanni, 19 Valerio Bernabo, 20 Andries van Schalkwyk, 21 Guglielmo Palazzani, 22 Kelly Haimona, 23 Luke McLean

Referee: JP Doyle (England)
Assistant Referees: George Clancy (Ireland), Federico Anselmi (Argentina)
TMO: Graham Hughes (England)


 

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DAY TWO ~ RESULTS ~ 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney

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SUN FEB 7 2016 2016 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney
Result: Bowl Q/F Match 25 port7s 31 v 07 jap7sx
Result: Bowl Q/F Match 26 sam7sx 28 v 24 rus7s
Result: Bowl Q/F Match 27 wal7s 21 v 32 can7sx
Result: Bowl Q/F Match 28 sco7s 22 v 19 fra7sx
Result: Cup Q/F Match 29 nz715 24 v 05 usa7sx
Result: Cup Q/F Match 30 fij7s 28 v 12 ken7sx
Result: Cup Q/F Match 31 eng7s 12 v 17 aus714
Result: Cup Q/F Match 32 rsa7sx 26 v 00 arg7sx
Result: Shield Semi Finals Match 33 jap7sx 17 v 24 rus7s
Result: Shield Semi Finals Match 34 wal7s 22 v 05 fra7sx
Result: Bowl Semi Finals Match 35 port7s 10 v 14 sam7sx
Result: Bowl Semi Finals Match 36 can7sx 35 v 12 sco7s
Result: Plate Semi Finals Match 37 usa7sx 21 v 24 ken7sx
Result: Plate Semi Finals Match 38 eng7s 14 v 19 arg7sx
Result: Cup S/F Match 39 nz715 14 v 12 fij7s
Result: Cup S/F Match 40 aus714 12 v 07 rsa7sx
Result: Shield Final Match 41 rus7s 19 v 26 wal7s
Result: Bowl Final Match 42 sam7sx 12 v 17 can7sx
Result: Plate Final Match 43 ken7sx 00 v 24 arg7sx
Result: Bronze Final Match 44 fij7s 21 v 12 rsa7sx
Result: Cup Final Match 45 nz715 27 v 24 aus714

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RESULTS ~ 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney

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Welcome to RugbyRedefined.com’s RESULTS from Day One of the 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney leg

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SAT FEB 6 2016 2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney
Result: Match 1 fij7s 31 v 00 sam7sx
Result: Match 2 arg7sx 17 v 07 fra7sx
Result: Match 3 rsa7sx 33 v 07 sco7s
Result: Match 4 ken7sx 24 v 10 rus7s
Result: Match 5 eng7s 26 v 05 jap7sx
Result: Match 6 usa7sx 42 v 00 wal7s
Result: Match 7 nz715 27 v 12 can7sx
Result: Match 8 aus714 24 v 07 port7s
Result: Match 9 fij7s 49 v 05 fra7sx
Result: Match 10 arg7sx 14 v 12 sam7sx
Result: Match 11 rsa7sx 40 v 00 rus7s
Result: Match 12 ken7sx 17 v 14 sco7s
Result: Match 13 eng7s 21 v 05 wal7s
Result: Match 14 usa7sx 33 v 17 jap7sx
Result: Match 15 nz715 40 v 05 port7s
Result: Match 16 aus714 26 v 12 can7sx
Result: Match 17 sam7sx 29 v 14 fra7sx
Result: Match 18 fij7s 19 v 14 arg7sx
Result: Match 19 sco7s 40 v 05 rus7s
Result: Match 20 rsa7sx 26 v 19 ken7sx
Result: Match 21 jap7sx 21 v 26 wal7s
Result: Match 22 eng7s 17 v 14 usa7sx
Result: Match 23 can7sx 17 v 26 port7s
Result: Match 24 nz715 17 v 17 aus714

2015/16 HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series – Sydney

6 February – 8 February 2016

Pool A

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP PTS
1 nz715 3 2 1 0 84 34 +50 11 3 0 8
2 aus714 3 2 1 0 67 36 +31 8 3 0 8
3 port7s 3 1 0 2 38 81 -43 6 13 0 5
4 can7sx 3 0 0 3 41 79 -38 7 13 0 2

Pool B

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP PTS
1 rsa7sx 3 3 0 0 99 26 +73 15 4 0 9
2 ken7sx 3 2 0 1 60 50 +10 10 8 0 7
3 sco7s 3 1 0 2 61 55 +6 9 9 0 5
4 rus7s 3 0 0 3 15 104 -89 3 16 0 3

Pool C

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP PTS
1 fij7s 3 3 0 0 99 19 +80 15 3 0 9
2 arg7sx 3 2 0 1 45 38 +7 7 6 0 7
3 sam7sx 3 1 0 2 41 59 -18 7 9 0 5
4 fra7sx 3 0 0 3 26 95 -69 4 15 0 3

Pool D

TEAM P W D L PF PA PD TF TA BP PTS
1 eng7s 3 3 0 0 64 24 +40 10 4 0 9
2 usa7sx 3 2 0 1 89 34 +55 13 6 0 7
3 wal7s 3 1 0 2 31 84 -53 5 12 0 5
4 jap7sx 3 0 0 3 43 85 -42 7 13 0 3

 


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ARC Preview – USA

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Story Source : http://www.americasrugbynews.com/

This coming weekend the USA Eagles launch their Americas Rugby Championship campaign in Houston against Argentina. The new competition is just the start of the next World Cup cycle and what is expected to be a season of change for the Eagles.

First on the list is the debut of new head coach John Mitchell. Having just set foot in America, Mitchell is now tasked with bringing along a USA side that has been burdened with the ‘potential’ mantle for some time. Mitchell named a side mixed with veterans that are only available for a few tests and up and coming Eagles. Even with some youth and inexperience in the squad, Mitchell’s charges will be expected to produce results against the likes of Brazil, Chile, and Uruguay.

2015 FORM

The Eagles are coming off five straight test match losses and six total if you count their pre-World Cup friendly loss to Harlequins. Before the skid it was a solid start to the year, going 2-2 in the Pacific Nations Cup with wins over Japan and Canada. Another victory over Canada – their third in a row – in Ottawa followed the PNC and gave them some momentum heading into their final preparations.

After the disappointing loss to Harlequins, the USA fell to Australia in at Soldier Field in Chicago. The match against the Wallabies was a sign of things to come as the USA battled hard in the first half, but fell apart in the second.

The World Cup opened with a loss to Samoa in what was their best chance at victory. They followed with an incomplete performance against Scotland and then were blasted by South Africa. The Eagles finished their campaign with a lackluster loss to Japan, finishing the year with a 3-7 record in tests.

POST-RWC 2015

In the wake of the disappointing World Cup results, USA Rugby sought to make changes. They started with opening up the search for a new head coach which ultimately ended up with the hiring of Mitchell. Next was a near cleaning of house of the support staff for the Eagles, with three former professional players adding their expertise and subsequently naming of a surprisingly solid roster for the ARC.

The biggest news was the return of former skipper Todd Clever to the squad after he was sacked by now-departed Mike Tolkin prior to the PNC. In one door came Clever, and out the other goes Chris Wyles, who has called it a day at test level and is joined by a handful of other regulars, including flanker Scott LaValla and scrumhalf Mike Petri. Others have seemingly been discarded and all of a sudden there is a very different feel to the team.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

There’s no question who the stars in the side are, but the professionals who are available will only be around for a game or two. After that, it’s up to some new names to make things happen.

Hefty prop Joe Taufete’e was a shock inclusion in the World Cup squad but showed that he is surprisingly light on his feet for such a large body. He should get a chance to start at tighthead at some point and possibly throw his name into the mix for a regular role in the team. His new Belmont Shore teammateMike Sosene-Feagai (real first name Michelangelo) is a former Samoa u20 cap who is set to compete with USA u20 standout Cameron Falcon for the vacant hooker role.

The second-most colorfully named character in the team is athletic loose forward Aladdin Schirmer. Born in Seattle to American Samoan parents, the Central Washington standout is already on the watch list of Eagles 7s coach Mike Friday as someone with big potential. Possibly even more hyped is 19-year-old flanker Hanco Germishuys, a South African-born dynamo who has just returned from a season with Gloucester Academy.

Everybody knows Mike Te’o has talent, the question is where does he fit in the team? He’s moved from hooker to scrumhalf to centre and is also a versatile sevens player. He’s joined by former u20 teammateKingsley McGowan, a wing with searing pace who has lately found himself playing in the midfield and even flyhalf for Trinity College in Dublin.

VERDICT

The Eagles come in ranked as the second seed in the tournament but with a few big guns and a home match to start against Argentina, they could very conceivably kick things off with an upset win. That said they could just as easily fall to Uruguay in Montevideo with a significantly less experienced traveling team. A full-on battle against Canada in Austin will likely be the match that determines whether or not the tournament is a success.

FIXTURES

Feb 6 vs Argentina Houston 20:00 EST, 19:00 CST
Feb 13 vs Canada Austin 19:00 EST, 18:00 CST
Feb 20 vs Chile Fort Lauderdale 18:00 EST, 20:00 Chile
Feb 27 vs Brazil São Paulo 12:00 EST, 14:00 Brasilia
Mar 5 vs Uruguay Montevideo 16:00 EST, 18:00 UYT

SQUAD

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB CAPS CLUB
Baumann, Chris PR 1.88
6-2
122
270
May 18
1987
7 Austin Blacks
Beach, Demecus PR 1.89
6-2
120
265
Dec 28
1987
0 Life University
Fry, Eric PR 1.93
6-4
119
260
Sep 14
1987
36 Newcastle Falcons (UK)
Kilifi, Olive PR 1.80
5-11
124
275
Sep 18
1986
15 Seattle Saracens
Taufete’e, Joe PR 1.84
6-0
128
280
Apr 10
1992
1 Belmont Shore
Falcon, Cameron HO 1.82
6-0
107
235
Aug 18
1993
0 New Orleans
Hilterbrand, James HO 1.84
6-0
112
245
May 21
1989
0 North Harbour Rays (AU)
Sosene-Feagai, Mike HO 1.85
6-1
105
230
Apr 17
1993
0 Belmont Shore
Dolan, Cameron LO/N8 1.98
6-6
113
250
Mar 7
1990
20 Cardiff Blues (UK)
Landry, Ben LO 1.96
6-5
116
255
Mar 26
1991
0 Seattle Saracens
Orth, Brodie LO 2.01
6-7
118
260
1982 0 Kansas City Blues
Peterson, Greg LO 2.04
6-8
123
270
Mar 26
1991
11 Glasgow Warriors (UK)
Tameilau, David LO 1.94
6-4
128
280
Jan 22
1990
0 Life West
Blair, Pat FL 1.87
6-2
102
225
Jan 27
1990
0 Seattle Saracens
Germishuys, Hanco FL 1.86
6-1
102
225
Aug 24
1996
0 Glendale Raptors
Gletzer, Alec FL 1.85
6-1
103
225
Oct 10
1991
0 Olympic
Thomas, Bruce FL 1.83
6-0
100
220
Jun 8
1987
0 S.F.G.G.
Clever, Todd N8/FL 1.93
6-4
103
225
Jan 16
1983
63 Newcastle Falcons (UK)
Schirmer, Aladdin N8/FL 1.90
6-3
102
225
Dec 13
1992
0 Central Washington
Bliss, Tom SH 1.79
5-10
90
200
Mar 12
1993
0 Ealing Trailfinders (UK)
Kruger, Niku SH 1.72
5-8
80
175
Oct 9
1991
2 Glendale Raptors
Bird, James FH 1.78
5-10
93
205
Jan 14
1989
0 Old Blue
Eloff, J.P. FH 1.78
5-10
84
185
May 28
1991
0 Chicago Lions
Filikitonga, Lemoto CE 1.85
6-1
111
245
May 25
1993
0 Metropolis
Garrity, Mike CE 1.88
6-2
102
225
Jan 11
1989
0 Seattle Saracens
London, Chad CE 1.85
6-1
101
220
Sep 27
1988
1 Glendale Raptors
Te’o, Mike CE/SH 1.72
5-8
93
205
Jul 23
1993
0 Belmont Shore
Hume, Luke WI 1.75
5-9
87
190
Feb 1
1988
17 Old Blue
Matyas, Ryan WI/FB 1.83
6-0
86
190
Dec 24
1990
0 Old Blue
McGowan, Kingsley WI/CE 1.76
5-9
88
195
Dec 18
1992
0 Trinity College (IR)
Ngwenya, Takudzwa WI 1.78
5-10
86
190
Jul 22
1985
35 Biarritz (FR)
Stanfill, Tim WI 1.78
5-10
85
185
Apr 7
1989
4 Seattle Saracens
Anderson, Jake FB/FH 1.88
6-2
95
210
Jan 22
1992
0 Olympic
Edwards, Jake FB/WI 1.87
6-2
98
215
Feb 24
1984
0 N.Y.A.C.
Scully, Blaine FB/WI 1.90
6-3
100
220
Feb 29
1988
29 Cardiff Blues (UK)

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ARC Preview – Uruguay

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Story Source: http://www.americasrugbynews.com/

It’s almost here, the groundbreaking new test rugby tournament begins this Saturday. The bringing together of Rugby World Cup regulars Argentina, Canada, and the USA along with the rapidly developing Uruguay, Brazil, and Chile gives the Americas a legitimate and highly promising platform for rugby to grow throughout the region.

2015 FORM

Los Teros had an incredibly busy year with 17 matches in all with 14 different opponents of widely varying strength. They started with dominant wins over Paraguay and Brazil in the South American ‘A’ competition, but then fell to a USA XV in Montevideo followed by an embarrasing defeat to Chile in Santiago, the latter particularly deflating since it was a reasonably strong Uruguayan lineup.

The losing streak continued for another five games, including a two-game series against the Fiji Warriors and a mediocre three game set at the Tbilisi Cup in Georgia. Somehow they pulled out of the slump with their first ever victory over an Argentina XV in an inspired performance at the Estadio Charrúa, against a team featuring several players who will be on display in the ARC.

That would be their last win of the season, however, as they slumped to a pair of crushing defeats against Japan before being swept away in the World Cup. Despite the heavy scorelines, however, Los Teros showed some moments of class and their performances did show marked improvement since their last trip to the flagship event.

POST-RWC 2015

It’s been a very eventful three months since the conclusion of the World Cup for Uruguayan rugby. On the field the ‘A’ side stumbled in the third division of the Argentine provincial competition, losing to Sur and failing to gain promotion. Off the field, however, has been a different story.

Head coach Pablo Lemoine was promoted to High Performance Director, the centre of excellence at the Estadio Charrúa was ratified, and a new strategic alliance with the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) came to fruition. The new initiative has seen Esteban Meneses installed as head coach, some players becoming centrally contracted, and a revamped training schedule that has seen them sharing the pitch with Los Jaguares in recent days.

PLAYERS TO WATCH

Los Teros will be without their star halfbacks Agustin Ormaechea and Felipe Berchesi, so it will be up to some different names to lead the way in the Americas Rugby Championship.

The forwards have long been the strength of Uruguayan rugby, and this team should not prove any different, though they do appear slightly more mobile than the past. One player who caught the eye both for his appearance and reckless playing style is beanpole flanker Matías Beer. Despite standing 1.94m (6’4″) he is one of the lightest forwards in the competition, but has endless energy and good skills.

Of similar height but of a sturdier build is athletic youngster Gonzalo Soto, a highly rated lock or loose forward from last year’s u20 program. Exuberant scrumhalf Santiago Arata is still eligible for this year’s u20 team, and is noted for his lightning acceleration and quick thinking. He is unlikely to start ahead of similarly talented Guillermo Lijtenstein, but should make his mark as an impact substitute.

Utility back Rodrigo Silva has been in the squad for four years already but has never quite found a home, having been shifted around the backline and even a couple games at scrumhalf. He prefers the flyhalf position, however, and his attacking skills appear to have put him in the frame to start ahead of the younger but more traditional Manuel Blengio.

VERDICT

While resent results might not mark them as a particularly serious threat, Los Teros should not be underestimated. Their new high performance environment is by all accounts a significant improvement on their purely amateur past and consistent training over several weeks should mark them as one of the most cohesive units in the competition. Argentina will likely prove too much for them to deal with and fourth place appears most likely, but if Uruguay can turn over Canada in the opener they could be sleepers to take the second spot come March.

FIXTURES

Feb 6 vs Canada Langford 21:00 UYT, 16:00 PST
Feb 12 vs Brazil São Paulo 19:00 UYT, 20:00 Brasilia
Feb 20 vs Argentina Maldonado 20:30 UYT/Argentina
Feb 26 vs Chile Santiago 18:00 UYT/Chile
Mar 5 vs USA Montevideo 18:00 UYT, 16:00 EST

SQUAD

NAME POS HGT WGT DOB CAPS CLUB
de Mula, Rodolfo PR 1.85
6-1
112
245
Mar 18
1985
24 P.S.G.
Echeverría, Juan PR 1.75
5-9
114
250
Oct 9
1991
10 Old Christians
Gattas, Facundo PR 1.88
6-2
108
240
Jul 2
1995
0 Lobos
Mones, Rafaél PR 1.85
6-1
105
230
Jan 12
1994
0 Seminaro
Sanguinetti, Mateo PR 1.86
6-1
105
230
Jul 26
1992
18 Los Cuervos
Arboleya, Carlos HO 1.73
5-8
110
240
Jul 23
1985
54 Trébol Paysandú
Kessler, Germán HO 1.83
6-0
105
230
Jul 1
1994
13 Los Cuervos
Lamanna, Franco LO/FL 1.90
6-3
105
230
Oct 1
1991
25 Carrasco Polo
Palomeque, Mathias LO 1.95
6-5
107
235
Jul 10
1986
26 Trébol Paysandú
Soto, Gonzalo LO/FL 1.92
6-4
101
220
Feb 10
1995
0 Carrasco Polo
Beer, Matías FL 1.94
6-4
87
190
Dec 16
1993
15 Old Christians
Gaminara, Juan Manuel FL 1.71
5-7
95
210
May 1
1989
27 Old Boys
Magno, Diego FL/N8 1.90
6-3
106
235
Apr 27
1989
51 M.V.C.C.
Nieto, Alejandro N8 1.86
6-1
108
240
Jan 7
1988
31 Champagnat
Arata, Santiago SH 1.71
5-7
72
160
1996 0 P.S.G.
Lijtenstein, Guillermo SH 1.69
5-6
72
160
Sep 14
1990
15 Trébol Paysandú
Blengio, Manuel FH 1.84
6-0
78
170
Apr 28
1994
11 Old Boys
Silva, Rodrigo FH/WI 1.82
6-0
86
190
Nov 2
1992
18 Old Christians
Deal, Pedro CE 1.79
5-10
95
210
Oct 13
1994
3 Old Boys
Román, Alberto CE 1.78
5-10
95
210
Jun 1
1987
37 P.S.G.
Vilaseca, Andrés CE 1.85
6-1
93
205
May 8
1991
16 Old Boys
Leivas, Leandro WI 1.81
5-11
98
215
Jul 6
1988
44 Old Christians
Martínez, Santiago WI/FB 1.86
6-1
87
190
Jun 15
1993
1 Carrasco Polo
Mieres, Gastón FB 1.80
5-11
80
175
Oct 5
1989
41 Lobos

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