|Lucas "Tank" Duque|
As revealed on the IRB website Brazilian fly half Lucas "Tank" Duque will have a trial with a Top 14 and Pro D2 side, the sides have remained unknown however. Not long after that news it was revealed that Lucas' brother, centre Moisés Duque would join him on his trip to France. This could be potentially historic for Brazilian rugby, as they could be the first Brazilian players to play professionally in France.
Lucas "Tank" Duque a short, stocky fly half is arguably the most renowned current Brazilian player, he was one of two Brazilians (the other player was Julio César Figalo who is known as Panda) called up for the South American side (CONSUR XV) this summer to play a warm up match against Argentina, in that match he scored the only 2 tries for the CONSUR XV after coming on as a substitute. Duque has also recently gathered big praise from the press after his performances in Brazil's recent matches against Kenya and the UAE. One article said Duque's "magic was the highlight of the tournament" and also compared Duque's playmaking and flair to that of the famous Brazilian football side.
(video: Lucas "Tank" Duque's highlights)
Rugby in Brazil has taken some big strides recently, and are now firmly in the group of nations just below the top 22 with World Cup experience. Qualifiying for the 2015 World Cup will probably be too soon for the side, but by 2019 (with the help of the IRB sorting out their qualifiying system) there is a possibility they could take to the World stage like Russia did this year. But before that they must concentrate on overtaking Chile and Uruguay, players training and playing professionally will only help them improve quicker.