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Dec 05

Brazil Are Set to Play Portugal in a Pre-Christmas Friendly

The Portuguese calendar includes the game against Brazil on December 3 and will be only the second time in the game’s history that the two teams have met. The match looks set to be played in Coimbra.

European Mini-Tour

Brazil are using this winter tour of Europe as preparation for the Americas Rugby Championship next year in 2017. The mini-tour will also include two matches in Germany in November, in Heidlberg on Saturday 19, and then the following week in Leipzig, before heading south to Portugal for the one-off match against Portugal in Coimbra. Last year, Germany were the guests in Brazil with the tourists playing a two-match tour, in Blumenau and São Paulo, which saw the European visitors come out on top in both matches, so Brazil will be looking to avenge that result in 2016.

Portugal have only played Brazil once before. The previous encounter took place in São Paulo, so this match will be Portugal’s first home game against the South American opponents. Back in 2003 in São Paulo, at the Arena Barueri, the western European team came away as 68-0 winners.

Brazilian Progress

The Brazilian squad has made significant progress in the last thirteen years, though, most recently claiming a historic win over neighbouring USA earlier on in 2016. Their results have also seen them close the gap on neighbouring Chile – and also in terms of the number of people playing the game. The campaign continues to turn Brazil into a Tier Two rugby nation. It’s in a boom period currently in Brazil as increasing numbers of people are starting to play rugby. The popularity of rugby in Brazil means that the number of players is more than double that of Uruguay. The key will be to improve some of these players and hone their talent to give the game a real boost.

Portugal, on the other hand, seem to be on somewhat of a downward turn. They’re not quite at the point of putting rugby boots for sale, but they have been relegated this year from the European Nations Cup. Germany and Spain remain in the tournament. This is a significant turnaround in form for Portugal, who were 2007 World Cup qualifiers.

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