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FEATURE // BRAZIL BRAZIL


WE HAD TO GIVE BRAZIL A MENTION - THEY CAME OVER HERE THIS SEASON AND PLAYED SOME OUTSTANDING SEVENS, SHOCKING MOST WHO WATCHED AND GETTING OUTRAGOUS SUPPORT FROM THE CROWD. BRAZIL, WE WANT MORE!!!


BRAZIL NATIONAL SEVENS SQUAD UK Rugby Sevens is there to cover domestic


rugby in Britain but as they have come over and played on our soil against our Elite and Championship sides rather than the national one we felt that they deserved a little attention. Brazil have no history to speak of in rugby


so it’s good to know that they have begun to take the sport seriously. Back home they have qualified to play in the Pan American Cup in October and are using this tour to England to help prepare them for this event as it is now winter in the Southern Hemisphere. As they are a developing rugby nation they have also come over to assess where they currently are. At home the competition is mostly against Chile and Argentina so they need to find different opposition to test themselves against. Of course they have the Rio Olympics on their minds in 2016. They desperately want to be able to play on home soil in front of a home crowd and they have targeted the steps to get


there. Their objectives are to do well at the Pan American Cup, get into the 2013 world Cup and look for access to IRB tournaments on the way. At Newquay they played very competitively


making up for some lack of experience with fitness and tight team work combined with an unusual and physical attacking style. At the Middlesex Sevens the following week they nearly turned over an almost fully international Samurai side which must have pleased them just as much as they delighted the crowd with their attractive style of sevens. Martin Schusterman their Coach, a former


Pumas international who many will remember from his playing days with championship side Plymouth and Premiership outfit Leeds said: “The first UK Tour for the Brazilian 7s Team was one that everyone will remember in the future. Not only because it was the first time that this group of players played at Twickenham in front of a crowd of circa 20k people but also because it was the beginning of taking part at international competitions


outside South America. And the results have shown that competition is the key to improve and grow as a sevens team. Competition will only make our team better and stronger. The sides that we’ve faced during the tour, some of them full of internationals, make our players gain some invaluable experience in terms of physicality, game patterns, organization, individual skills and breakdown pressure. I am pleased that the players performed, they gave everything they had in each game and they made the Brazilian rugby community very proud. Still there is a lot to improve, but certainly we are in the right path. We look forward to come back to Newquay and Middlesex next year but hopefully to other tournaments as well in order to keep growing as a force in sevens rugby.” Well, we look forward to their return too. The Brazilian squad: Fernando Portugal,


Henrique Dantas, Joao Da Ros, Lucas Duque, Moises Duque, Rafael Dawailibi, Erick Monfrinatti, Diego Lopez, Diego Reno, Daniel Gregg, Felipe Claro and Julian Menutti.


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