Brazil national rugby union team

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Brazil
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s) Tupis
Emblem Tupí chief
Union Confederação Brasileira de Rugby
Head coach Rodolfo Ambrosio
Captain Yan Rosseti
Top scorer Daniel Gregg (143)
Top try scorer Daniel Gregg (14)
Home stadium Pacaembu Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current 26 Increase 3 (as of 25 June 2018)
Highest 25 (2018)
Lowest 42 (2015)
First international
Uruguay 8−6 Brazil
(9 September 1950)
Biggest win
Costa Rica 0−95 Brazil
(10 October 2006)
Biggest defeat
Argentina 114−3 Brazil
(10 October 1992)
Argentina 111−0 Brazil
(5 May 2012)
World Cup
Appearances 0
Website www.brasilrugby.com.br

The Brazil national rugby union team, nicknamed Tupis,[1] is controlled by the Confederação Brasileira de Rugby. Brazil is one of the founding unions of CONSUR (now Sudamérica Rugby) and played in the inaugural South American tournament. Brazil has not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but participated in the first edition of rugby 7s in the Olympics. Brazil currently ranks 3rd in South America (behind Argentina and Uruguay) and 5th in the Americas region.

Rugby union in Brazil has a long history, dating back to the late 19th century when British immigrants brought the game to Brazil's urban ports. Despite Brazil's success in association football, Brazil has historically been one of the weaker teams of the Americas, having less success than that of Argentina, Uruguay or Chile.

In the 21st century, efforts were made to revitalize the sport in Brazil. With rugby sevens being added to the Olympic calendar, Brazil was invited to the World Rugby Sevens Series, showing improvement in both the men's and women's series. In 2016, a meeting with the unions of Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, the United States and Uruguay established the Americas Rugby Championship, meant to mirror the Six Nations and The Rugby Championship, and give consistent tests to the top teams in the region. After 3 close games, two of which Brazil came close to victory, Brazil beat the USA Eagles, 24–23, their first victory in the championship, as well as over the United States and a Tier Two nation. Brazil later went to have its first victories over Belgium and Portugal, marking the first time the team beat any European side and, later, a historical win against Argentina XV. This latter game, along with two wins against Chile and Colombia, secured Brazil its first South American Rugby Championship title, in 2018.

During the years of 2015, 2016 and 2017 the entity that runs rugby in Brazil (CBRu) was awarded the prize of best governance amongst all local sports' entities.

History[edit]

Beginnings (19th Century - 1949)[edit]

The very first instance of rugby being played in Brazil dates back to the late 19th century. British immigrants arriving in Brazil brought the game to various port cities in Brazil. These immigrants set up various athletic clubs which doubled with association football.[2] The first recorded instance of a rugby game being played in Brazil was 1891, played by the São Paulo Athletic Club, under the auspices of Charles William Miller. Future efforts to promote the game were then taken on by Augusto Shaw, after Miller began to devote himself exclusively to football.[3]

During the 1920s and 1930s, rugby began to flourish somewhat in Brazil, although it did not enjoy the widespread exposure as football. For the most part, rugby was primarily restricted to those who had British descent, or with some other connection to Britain. In 1926, a proper domestic competition was established.[4] By 1932, a national side had formed; Brazil played its first ever national game against a South Africa XV, losing by an unknown margin. The sport suffered a setback when an attempt to get it recognized as a national sport was denied, since rugby was limited to only four states than the required five.[3] World War II suspended operations from 1941 to 1946, as was the case in many countries.

1950s - 1990s[edit]

Brazil participated in the first ever South American Rugby Championship, but lost all three of their fixtures. They were shut out 68 and 72 to zero against Chile and Argentina respectively, while Brazil played a more closer game against Uruguay, losing 10 – 17. During the 1950s, organization of rugby in Brazil was sporadic; there was no official high governing union at the time, and the national side was only organized by Jimmy Macintyre, who ran the SPAC. Brazil would not play another test until 1961. The modern day Brazilian Rugby Confederation (CBRu) was founded in 1963, in order to govern the game more efficiently in the country. The first president of the CBRu was Harry Donovan.[5] In 1964, Brazil finished runner-up in the South American Rugby Championship, tying Chile 16–16 and defeating Uruguay 15–8.

In the 1970s the better structure of rugby allowed the game to be introduced to Brazilians outside of the British-descended community. Brazil experienced somewhat of an expansion in rugby; the game was introduced to universities throughout the country, and Brazil was becoming a destination for rugby tours. In 1974, Brazil played a test match against France, losing by a margin of 7–99.[5] For the rest of the decade Brazil played against its South American neighbors; Brazil frequently beat minnows Paraguay during this period.

In 1985, France toured Brazil again, but this time Brazil played much more valiantly, losing by a score of 6–41. Brazil is a charter member of CONSUR (now Sudámerica Rugby), founded in 1989. Despite this, Brazil did not officially join the IRB until 1995, and did not participate in qualifying tournaments until then. However, their first fixture in the qualifiers was a disaster; Brazil was humiliated by Trinidad and Tobago by a score of 41–0, swiftly ending their campaign.

2000s - The New Century[edit]

Brazil began the 2000s with much more success. In 2000, Brazil easily won the 2000 edition of the SARC; they repeated this in 2001, topping the group of Colombia, Peru, and Venezuela. Brazil advanced to the next round of qualifying, disposing of Trinidad and Tobago; Brazil would go on to lose their final games, but Brazil was finally starting to close the gap. Throughout the 2000s, Brazil began winning more of its games, and in 2008, finally broke through; Brazil beat Paraguay to finally advance to the top flight of the SARC, their first time there since 1989. Brazil further repeated this by beating Paraguay again in 2009.

In 2012, the New York Times reported that rugby was Brazil's second fastest growing sport, behind MMA. This is partly due to World Rugby re-investing in Brazil due to the reinstatement of rugby in the 2016 Olympics.[6] Since then, Brazil has been invited to the World Rugby Sevens Series, allowing Brazil to improve against higher competition.

In 2014, Brazil recorded its first-ever victory over Chile, defeating the Condores 24 to 16. Since initiatives were taken in 2009; the character of rugby has changed in Brazil; the registration numbers have risen, and the sport has successfully formed sponsorships with companies such as Bradesco, many of whom see Brazilian rugby profitable in the future.[7]

In 2015, Brazil played two tests against the national team of Germany, one held in Pacaembu Stadium; these exhibitions attracted 10,000 spectators, being one of the highest attendances for rugby in Brazil. Brazil's improved form showed in 2016 in the first edition of the Americas Rugby Championship, where Brazil was on the verge of historic victories against Chile and Uruguay, but could not hold on. After scoring 25 points in their first ever fixture versus Canada, Brazil went on to upset the United States 24–23 in Pacaembu; Brazil proceeded to finish off the tournament losing 7–41 to Argentina, scoring their first try against Argentina in decades.

For the 2016 South American Rugby Championship "A", RedeTV!, one of Brazil's major TV networks, will air Brazil's games live. Brazil played Uruguay at Allianz Parque in São Paulo, one of the largest stadiums to ever host a rugby game in Brazil. Brazil tied 20–20 against Chile, further signaling their rise to the top in South America. To cap off the tournament, Brazil beat Paraguay 32–21, finishing in third place only behind Chile on points difference.

Brazil improved in the 2017 edition of the ARC, beating Chile convincingly 17 to 3, before notching their first win in only their second meeting against Canada in Pacaembu, by the score of 24 to 23. After these victories, Brazil rose to 30th, their first time in the top 30 of the World Rugby Rankings since 2009. On November 18, 2017, Brazil won on European soil for the first time in history, defeating Belgium and Portugal, further showing their progress in the 2010s. Brazil's progress continued as they beat Chile on their home soil for the first time in history, and later in the year, in the reformed 2018 South American Rugby Championship, defeated Argentina XV, marking their first-ever victory over an Argentinean side. Brazil would go onto defeat Colombia and was crowned South American champions for the first time in their history.

Uniforms[edit]

Traditionally, the rugby team of Brazil has worn a strip of a yellow top and green shorts while the away strip consists of a green top and white shorts. The current provider of the kit is local based Topper. In 2015, the shorts were changed to blue, to be consistent of that of Brazil's football team; this included a presentation involving the Tupí tribe, whom the team is nicknamed after.[8] The current shirt sponsor of Brazil is Bradesco.

Nickname[edit]

For some time, Brazilian national rugby union side was unofficially associated with Walt Disney's character Zé Carioca. Sometime later, CBRu, still known as Associação Brasileira de Rugby, or simply ABR, chose Vitória Régia as its official emblem and nickname. However, this nickname was not adopted by fans.

In March 2012, CBRu announced Os Tupis as Brazil national rugby union team's official nickname,[1] a reference to Tupi people, the main ethnic group of Brazilian indigenous people. The choice for an emblem started in 2010, when CBRu started receiving e-mails with several suggestions. The three finalists were Tupis, Sucuris (Anacondas) and Araras (Macaws). Fans voted on an Internet poll and chose Tupis with 47% (4,387 votes) of preference. According to CBRu's former President (from 2012-2016), Sami Arap, "The choice ratified the roots of Brazilian people. Tupi represents the essence of our country, referring to [our] strength, perseverance, loyalty and team spirit".

Tournament records[edit]

Rugby World Cup[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round Played Won Drew Lost Pts F Pts A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomIrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter Did not enter
South Africa 1995
Wales 1999 Did not qualify 1 0 0 1 0 41
Australia 2003 6 4 0 2 140 84
France 2007 5 3 0 2 179 108
New Zealand 2011 8 6 0 2 230 190
England 2015 5 1 0 4 85 164
Japan 2019 6 2 1 3 160 139
Total 0/9 31 16 1 14 794 726

Americas Rugby Championship[edit]

The Americas Rugby Championship was held in five of the seven years from 2009 to 2015, but Brazil did not participate. Brazil along with Chile has participated in an expanded six-country Americas Rugby Championship in 2016. In the 2016 ARC, 42nd ranked Brazil defeated the 16th ranked United States 24–23, their first win against the United States.

Tourney Record Pts Diff Position Wins
2016 1–4 −68 5th United States (24–23)
2017 2–3 −116 4th Chile (17–3); Canada (24–23)

South American Championship[edit]

Tourney Host Record Pts Diff Position Wins Draws Losses
2009  Uruguay 1–2 −129 4th Paraguay (36–21) Uruguay (3–71), Chile (3–79)
2010  Chile 1–2 −34 4th Paraguay (23–18) Uruguay (10–26), Chile (8–31)
2011  Argentina 1–2 −3 4th Paraguay (51–14) Uruguay (18–39), Chile (6–25)
2012  Chile 0–3 −136 4th Uruguay (15–27), Chile (6–19), Argentina (0–111)
2013  Uruguay 0–3 −150 4th Chile (22–38), Uruguay (7–58), Argentina (0–83)
2014 (four countries) 1–2 −24 3rd Chile (24–16) Paraguay (24–31), Uruguay (9–34)
2015 (four countries) 0–3 −77 4th Uruguay (9–48), Chile (3–32), Paraguay (11–17)
2016 (four countries) 1–1–1 −11 3rd Paraguay (32–21) Chile (20–20) Uruguay (14–36)
2017 (four countries) 1–2 +32 3rd Paraguay (57–6) Uruguay (27–41), Chile (10–15)
2018 (Six Nations) 3–0 +81 1st Chile (28–12), Argentina XV (36-33), Colombia (67-5)

Overall record[edit]

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Brazil national XV at test level up until 16 March 2018.[9]

Top 30 rankings as of 3 September 2018[10]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 094.52
2 Steady  Ireland 090.12
3 Steady  Wales 085.94
4 Steady  England 085.68
5 Steady  Australia 083.96
6 Steady  Scotland 083.02
7 Steady  South Africa 081.84
8 Steady  France 079.10
9 Steady  Argentina 077.02
10 Steady  Fiji 076.54
11 Steady  Japan 075.24
12 Steady  Tonga 073.84
13 Steady  Georgia 073.13
14 Steady  Italy 072.56
15 Steady  United States 071.66
16 Steady  Samoa 068.28
17 Steady  Romania 068.25
18 Steady  Uruguay 065.37
19 Steady  Russia 064.89
20 Steady  Spain 063.09
21 Steady  Hong Kong 060.46
22 Steady  Namibia 059.97
23 Steady  Canada 059.93
24 Steady  Portugal 058.30
25 Steady  Belgium 058.09
26 Steady  Brazil 056.81
27 Steady  Netherlands 056.52
28 Steady  Kenya 055.71
29 Steady  Germany 055.59
30 Steady  Chile 054.36
*Change from the previous week
Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Argentina 14 0 14 0 0.00% 54 1096 –1042
Argentina Argentina XV 3 1 2 0 33.00% 51 140 –89
 Belgium 1 1 0 0 100.00% 23 19 +4
 Canada 3 1 2 0 33.33% 54 120 –66
 Chile 27 4 21 2 14.81% 324 870 –546
 Colombia 9 9 0 0 100.00% 439 34 +405
 Costa Rica 1 1 0 0 100.00% 95 0 +95
 France A 2 0 2 0 0.00% 13 140 –127
Georgia (country) Georgia XV 1 1 0 0 100.00% 20 18 +2
 Germany 5 0 5 0 0.00% 51 157 –106
 Hong Kong 1 0 1 0 0.00% 3 37 –34
 Kenya 2 0 2 0 0.00% 42 45 –3
 Mexico 2 2 0 0 100.00% 126 19 +107
England Oxford and Cambridge 2 0 2 0 0.00% 13 102 −89
 Paraguay 24 13 11 0 54.17% 509 467 +42
 Peru 9 9 0 0 100.00% 404 58 +346
 Portugal 3 1 2 0 33.33% 42 110 –68
 Romania 1 0 1 0 0.00% 5 56 –51
 Spain 1 0 1 0 0.00% 28 67 –39
 Trinidad and Tobago 5 4 1 0 80.00% 75 71 +4
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 100.00% 66 3 +63
 United States 3 1 2 0 33.33% 43 117 –74
 Uruguay 27 3 24 0 11.11% 276 933 –657
 Venezuela 9 8 1 0 88.89% 258 95 +163
Total 155 59 94 2 38.06% 2994 4756 –1762

Current squad[edit]

Brazil's 26-man squad for the 2018 Americas Rugby Championship.[11]

Head Coach: Argentina Rodolfo Ambrosio

  • Caps updated: 19 November 2017

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Yan Rosetti (c) Hooker (1993-05-07) 7 May 1993 (age 25) 25 Argentina CUBA
Wilton Rebolo Hooker (1995-08-02) 2 August 1995 (age 23) 14 Brazil Bandeirantes
Lucas Abud Prop (1993-08-26) 26 August 1993 (age 25) 20 Brazil Poli
Michel Gomes Prop (1997-04-09) 9 April 1997 (age 21) 2 Brazil São José
Matheus Rocha Prop (1997-08-15) 15 August 1997 (age 21) 6 Brazil Jacareí
Jardel Vettorato Prop (1985-08-22) 22 August 1985 (age 33) 12 Brazil Farrapos
Cléber Dias Lock (1995-07-03) 3 July 1995 (age 23) 17 Brazil Poli
Diego López Lock (1987-03-16) 16 March 1987 (age 31) 11 Brazil Pasteur
Gabriel Paganini Lock (1993-03-04) 4 March 1993 (age 25) 11 Brazil Bandeirantes
Lucas Piero Lock (1991-09-25) 25 September 1991 (age 26) 30 Brazil Desterro
Artur Bergo Flanker (1994-03-07) 7 March 1994 (age 24) 13 Brazil SPAC
Matheus Daniel Flanker (1990-06-19) 19 June 1990 (age 28) 17 Brazil Jacareí
Angelo Marcucci Flanker (1990-01-15) 15 January 1990 (age 28) 0 Brazil Farrapos
Michael Moraes Flanker (1991-09-10) 10 September 1991 (age 26) 2 Brazil Curitiba
André Arruda Number 8 (1989-01-09) 9 January 1989 (age 29) 17 Brazil Desterro
Laurent Bourda-Couhet Scrum-half (1994-07-12) 12 July 1994 (age 24) 15 Brazil Bandeirantes
Will Broderick Scrum-half (1992-09-17) 17 September 1992 (age 25) 1 Brazil Bandeirantes
Leonardo Ceccarelli Fly-half (1998-04-01) 1 April 1998 (age 20) 1 Brazil Jacareí
Josh Reeves Fly-half (1990-08-07) 7 August 1990 (age 28) 13 Brazil Bandeirantes
Moisés Duque Centre (1988-12-21) 21 December 1988 (age 29) 26 Brazil São José
Felipe Sancery Centre (1994-05-27) 27 May 1994 (age 24) 25 Brazil São José
Jacobus de Wet van Niekerk Centre (1994-03-25) 25 March 1994 (age 24) 12 Brazil Poli
Lucas Muller Wing (1990-02-13) 13 February 1990 (age 28) 8 Brazil Desterro
Ariel Rodrigues Wing (1998-09-07) 7 September 1998 (age 19) 3 Brazil Jacareí
Robert Tenório Wing (1996-07-27) 27 July 1996 (age 22) 11 Brazil Pasteur
Lucas Tranquez Fullback (1994-03-12) 12 March 1994 (age 24) 18 Brazil São José


Titles[edit]

Notable players[edit]

  • In 2011 Lucas "Tanque" Duque and his brother Moisés Duque were given trials with professional teams in France.[12]
  • Since 2015 Luiz Vieira has been playing for the second team of the TOP14 team Oyonnax.

Media coverage[edit]

Before 2016, most of Brazil's games were aired through SporTV, a paid television network. In 2016, changes were made to Brazil's broadcasting; more commonly available RedeTV! would air games involving the South American Rugby Championship, while ESPN Brasil holds the rights to the Americas Rugby Championship.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tupi is the new emblem of Brazil National Team=BrasilRugby.com – In Portuguese". Retrieved 10 May 2012. 
  2. ^ Edições Leia, 1950.
  3. ^ a b Bath, Richard (ed.). The Complete Book of Rugby. p. 64. Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997. ISBN 9781862000131.
  4. ^ Niterói Rugby História do Rugby Brasileiro. Acessado em 8/2/2012.
  5. ^ a b "History of Rugby (in Portuguese)". Portal do Rugby. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  6. ^ Stoney, Emma (5 October 2012). "Soccer-Crazy Brazil Opening Its Arms to Rugby". New York Times. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  7. ^ Panja, Tariq (7 January 2015). "Brazil Soccer Debacle Boosts Rugby Before Olympic Return". Bloomberg. Retrieved 4 May 2016. 
  8. ^ A nova camisa dos Tupis! (YouTube). Confederação Brasileira de Rugby. February 3, 2016. 
  9. ^ Brazil rugby statistics
  10. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 25 June 2018. 
  11. ^ Brazil Confirm Roster for Americas Rugby Championship
  12. ^ "Duque brothers to have trial for teams in France". 16 December 2011. 

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