The mediacrum of Castres, Santiago Arata, will not be available to play with Los Teros in the July window.
Los Teros received very bad news ahead of the July window, which will include the start of the road to the 2023 World Cup in France. Uruguay will not be able to count on Santiago Arata, Castres’ midfielder and top figure of the National Team.
The player was summoned by the Uruguay Rugby Union, and World Rugby Rule 9 obliges the clubs to cede their players to the National Teams for the international windows, but in this case the refusal was given by Arata himself.
In their decision, the former PSG, Old Christians, Peñarol and Houston SaberCats alleged personal reasons, in addition to the fact that Castres begins his preseason on July 11. Beyond this refusal, “the Rat” expressed that he intends to be available in future instances of Qualifying towards the World Cup.
The news shook the atmosphere of the URU and Los Teros, although they are aware that although he is a key piece in the team, they can face this first stage of the Eliminatory without his presence. However, the main concern is that the precedent that is created in the future is dangerous.
With the absence of Santiago Arata, Uruguay will have Agustín Ormaechea as their first mediacrum option, and Tomás Inciarte as an alternative option for the position.