Ormaechea family dream lives on
Agustin Ormaechea says Uruguay must up their game in the forthcoming two-legged Repechage final against Russia if he and brother Juan Diego are to follow in their father’s footsteps and realise their dream of playing in a Rugby World Cup.
Uruguay struggled to see off Hong Kong in the RWC 2015 qualifier in Montevideo last weekend, it was only when the Asian outfit tired in the final quarter that Los Teros were able to score two tries and seal a 28-3 win.
And having missed out in the 2007 and 2011 edition of the Rugby World Cup following narrow Repechage defeats to Portugal and Russia, Uruguay will be hoping it is a case of third time lucky when they take on the Bears on the road before the second leg at home in Montevideo two weeks later.
However, 23-year-old Agustin, who also represented Uruguay at the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy in 2010 and 2011, knows significant improvements are needed in order to avoid further disappointment at the final hurdle.
“Today, we can rest a little bit, but tomorrow we must set our minds on Russia,” Agustin said in the latest edition of Total Rugby. “We must sharpen up, because today we were not that precise: me with the kicking, the hooker in the lineouts…things that in tight games such as this one you can’t afford to do badly, so we will have to work on that before our next match.”
Agustin’s father, Diego, captained Uruguay at their first-ever Rugby World Cup appearance in 1999, becoming the only 40-something to have played in the tournament when he ran out against Spain 26 days after his landmark birthday.
On retiring from playing, Ormaechea took on the head coach role at RWC 2003 in Australia, where, as was the case four years earlier, Uruguay managed one win to their name.
“A World Cup is what every rugby player aims for, for me it’s the biggest achievement there is,” stated Agustin. “And for a country as small as Uruguay which doesn’t have the biggest playing numbers, reaching a World Cup would be incredible.
“For me it would be special because my father played at the World Cup in 1999 and then coached in 2003 and I’ve only heard good things from him despite the results on the field. So after all the stories I’ve heard to play there would be a dream come true.”
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