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Uruguay name Sudamérica Training Group

Esteban Meneses has kept the faith with his Uruguayan side that finished 3rd in the 2017 Americas Rugby Championship. A squad of 29 players has been named to prepare for the upcoming South American ‘A’ Championship, Sudamérica Rugby Cup, and World Rugby Nations Cup. Only two players have been added who were not part of the ARC group.

World Cup hooker Germán Kessler recovers from injury to make his return to the squad having last appeared against Spain in June. The other addition is also in the forwards, with Carrasco Polo back row Santiago Hernández joining up with the team after playing in the Hong Kong 7s.

Notable absentees include flanker Matías Beer, who continues his recovery from long-term injury, while Franco Lamanna, Agustín Ormaechea, and Felipe Berchesi are all overseas. First choice midfielder Joaquín Prada remains unavailable due to his medical studies.

Matías Benítez (Champagnat), Facundo Gattas (Lobos), Mateo Sanguinetti (Los Cuervos), Martín Espiga (Old Christians), Germán Kessler (Los Cuervos), Juan Echeverría (Old Christians), Mario Sagario (Carrasco Polo), Diego Ayala (MVCC), Ignacio Dotti (Los Cuervos), Diego Magno (MVCC), Lorenzo Surraco (Old Christians), Manuel Diana (Old Christians), Juan Manuel Gaminara (Old Boys), Rodolfo Garese (Carrasco Polo), Santiago Hernández (Carrasco Polo), Alejandro Nieto (Champagnat), Gonzalo Soto (Carrasco Polo)

Santiago Arata (Old Christians), Guillermo Lijtenstein (Trébol), Germán Albanell (Old Boys), Lucas Duran (Trébol), Juan Manuel Cat (Old Boys), Nicolás Freitas (Carrasco Polo), Andrés Vilaseca (Old Boys), Francisco Berchesi (Carrasco Polo), Ignacio García (PSG), Leandro Leivas (Old Christians), Gastón Mieres (Lobos), Rodrigo Silva (Carrasco Polo)

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