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MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay (AP) — Midfielder Andres Vilaseca will captain Uruguay at the Rugby World Cup in France eight years after his older brother Santiago did the same in England.

Vilaseca is one of seven players who will appear at their third World Cup, while 11 more will be at their second.

The seven include forwards German Kessler and Mateo Sanguinetti and backs Felipe Berchesi, Gastón Mieres, Agustín Ormaechea and Rodrigo Silva.

Among them was expected to be lock Diego Magno, Uruguay’s most capped player. But he’s missed out after 108 tests since 2008, most recently this month off the bench against Namibia.

Scrumhalf Santiago Arata, playing for Castres in France, was picked while he’s recovering from a hand operation. He will join the squad when when it arrives in Avignon, France.

Uruguay was in a pool with host France, New Zealand, Italy and Namibia. Los Teros open against France on Sept. 14 in Lille.

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Uruguay: Forwards: Mateo Sanguinetti, Matías Benitez, Facundo Gattas, Germán Kessler, Guillermo Pujadas, Ignacio Péculo, Diego Arbelo, Reinaldo Piussi, Ignacio Dotti, Manuel Leindekar, Felipe Aliaga, Manuel Ardao, Santiago Civetta, Manuel Diana, Lucas Bianchi, Carlos Deus, Juan Manuel Rodriguez, Eric Dos Santos. Backs: Santiago Arata, Santiago Alvarez, Agustín Ormaechea, Felipe Etcheverry, Felipe Berchesi, Andres Vilaseca, Nicolas Freitas, Felipe Arcos Perez, Tomás Inciarte, Gastón Mieres, Baltazar Amaya, Juan Manuel Alonso, Rodrigo Silva, Bautista Basso, Ignacio Facciolo.

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