Uruguay's squad step into the unknown

Uruguay head coach Pablo Lemoine names a RWC 2015 squad without any previous tournament experience.

Lock Santiago Vilaseca, aged 30, captains a Uruguay squad containing no survivors from Los Teros’ two previous appearances at the Rugby World Cup in 1999 and 2003. The South Americans did not qualify in 2007 and 2011.

Vilaseca, who won the first of his 32 caps back in 2008, is one of 26 domestic-based players named by head coach Pablo Lemoine. Four players in the squad play professionally in Europe: Felipe Berchesi (Carcassonne, France Pro2), Agustin Ormaechea (Stade Montois, Pro2, France), Mario Sagario (Massy, ​​France Pro2) and Gaston Mieres (Valpollicella, Serie A, Italy). Prop Alejo Corral is with SIC in Argentina.

Fly-half Bechesi was a key figure in Uruguay’s RWC 2015 qualifying campaign, scoring 75 points in the five-match series of Americas/Repechage play-offs, as Los Teros booked their place in Pool A alongside hosts England, Australia, Wales and Fiji.

Back-rower Diego Magno made his Los Teros debut the same year as Vilaseca and has gone on to win 48 caps, the highest number in a squad boasting a combined total of 812 caps at an average of 26 per player.

While none of the current playing squad have experienced a Rugby World Cup before, the coaching team of Lemoine, forwards coach Juan Carlos Bado and backs coach Emiliano Caffera have all represented their country on the world's biggest stage: Lemoine and Bado in 1999 and 2003 and Caffera in 2003.

Scrum-half Agustin Ormaechea follows in the footsteps of his father, Uruguayan rugby icon Diego, who captained his country at RWC 1999 and still holds the record for being the oldest player in RWC history, aged 40 years and 26 days. Diego also coached Uruguay on their last Rugby World Cup appearance in 2003.

Uruguay begin their Pool A fixtures against Wales at the Millennium Stadium, Cardiff on 20 September.

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Uruguay RWC 2015 squad 

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

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