Uruguay vs. Canada: Americas Rugby Championship Preview

Uruguay vs. Canada: Americas Rugby Championship Preview

Doug Coil

Uruguay will host Canada in the fourth leg of the Americas Rugby Championship on Saturday February 25 at the Campus Municipal de Maldonado. The kickoff is at 8:10pm local time. ESPN3 will be streaming the match in the USA at 6pm EST. The match may be also viewed on ESPN Sur and TSN Go in Canada.

The match will likely decide who finishes in third place in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. Both teams have 1-2 records, after losing to Argentina XV and the USA, and are tied in the standings with six points.


Uruguay had a strong performance in winning last week against Brazil and head coach Esteben Meneses has only made two changes in the forwards from last week. Juan Echeverria will be at tighthead prop, replacing Mario Sagario who will be a reserve. Franco Lammana, who played in the World Cup, is at blindside flanker.

The starting backs are the same as last week and hope to coninue to play attacking rugby like they did during the second half last week.

The reserves are also largely the same as last week with Mario Sagario moving from his starting role at prop. Diego Magno will be at lock and Gastón Mieres, who played fullback in the World Cup, has recovered from shoulder surgery and is available for the first time this season.


Mark Anscombe has made five changes from last week’s loss to the United States. Try scorer Taylor Paris and Benoit Piffero return to France, while Conor Trainor, who plays for France’s Pro D2 Vannes at center and Brett Beukeboom, who plays for the English Championship side Cornish Pirates, add a veteran presence for this week’s match.

In the forwards, Brett Beukeboom will start at lock, while Clay Panga will be at flanker in his first ARC appearance.

In addition to Trainor in the backs, Gordon McRorie returns to the starting lineup at scrumhalf and Kaiona Lloyd will make his test debut at wing.

Anscombe is pleased with his front row combination of Rob Brouwer and Matt Tierney as props and the veteran Ray Barkwill at hooker. Beukeboom and Reegan O’Gorman team up at lock with Panga and Lucas Rumball as flankers and Admir Cejvanovic at No. 8.

McRorie will captain the side and link with Robbie Povey at flyhalf. With Tainor’s inclusion at outside center, Nick Blevins slides to the inside position. Dan Moor joins Llod at wing and Bock Staller will be the fullback.

It will be a real treat for the Beukeboom family if Matt Beukeboom, with one cap, joins older brother Brett with 22 caps on the pitch at the same time.

There are four changes in the reserves from last week as Phil Mack and Guiseppe du Toit move to the reserves from their starting role last week. Eric Howard will be the reserve hooker and Matt Beukeboom, as mentioned earlier, is also a reserve.

Uruguay v Canada: 1 Mateo Sanguinetti, 2 Martín Espiga, 3 Juan Echeverría, 4 Ignacio Dotti, 5 Diego Ayala, 6 Juan Manuel Gaminara (capt.), 7 Franco Lammana, 8 Alejandro Nieto, 9 Santiago Arata, 10 Germán Albanell, 11 Nicolás Freitas, 12 Andrés Vilaseca, 13 Juan Manuel Cat, 14 Leandro Leivas, 15 Rodrigo Silva 16 Facundo Gattas, 17 Matías Benítez, 18 Mario Sagario, 19 Juan Diego Ormaechea, 20 Diego Magno, 21 Guillermo Lijtenstein, 22 Gastón Gibernau, 23 Gastón Mieres

Canada v Uruguay: 1 Rob Brouwer, 2 Ray Barkwill, 3 Matt Tierney, 4 Brett Beukeboom, 5 Reegan O’Gorman, 6 Clay Panga, 7 Lucas Rumball, 8 Admir Cejvanovic, 9 Gordon McRorie (capt.), 10 Robbie Povey, 11 Kainoa Lloyd, 12 Nick Blevins, 13 Conor Trainor, 14 Dan Moor, 15 Brock Staller 16 Eric Howard, 17 Djustice Sears-Duru, 18 Cole Keith, 19 Liam Chisholm, 20 Matt Beukeboom, 21 Phil Mack, 22 Gradyn Bowd, 23 Guiseppe du Toit

Uruguay – Americas Rugby Championship

v. USA– L20-6 – Feb. 4
v. Argentina XV – L 36-15-Feb 11
v. Brazil – W25-12 -Feb. 18
v. Canada – Saturday, Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno
v. Chile – Saturday, March 3, Estadio Charrua

Canada – Americas Rugby Championship

v. Argentina XV – L20-6 – Feb. 4, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
v. Chile – W 36-15 — Feb. 11, Westhills Stadium, Langford, BC
v. USA –L51-34 , Feb. 18 Swangard Stadium, Burnaby, BC
v. Uruguay – Saturday, Feb. 25, Estadio Domingo Burgueno, Uruguay
v. Brazil – Saturday, March 3, Pacaembu Stadium, Brazil

2017 Americas Rugby Championship Standings (through three rounds):

  • Argentina – 14 points
  • USA – 14 points
  • Canada – 6 points
  • Uruguay – 6 points
  • Brazil – 4 points
  • Chile – 0 points


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