Monday, January 9, 2012

Duque brothers tested at Albi?

Lucas "Tanque" Duque (left) and Moisés Duque (right)
Last month it was revealed on the IRB website and reported on this website, that Lucas "Tanque" Duque along his brother Moisés Duque would have trials with Top 14 and Pro D2 sides, however there was no indication as to which sides it would be.

The latest news is that according to a source who claims to have spoken to the Duque brothers, they have had a trial with Pro D2 side Albi last week. Albi, a club located in the south west French rugby heartland, have been up and down between the Top 14 and Pro D2 over the past few seasons, although they don't look like challenging for promotion this season. The club had a mass exodus of players at the end of last season due to financial difficulties, and this season have a very small squad. Incidentally there are rumours that Albi's fly half and the current leading points scorer in Pro D2 Thomas Fournil, may sign with  La Rochelle. Is Tanque Duque being seen as a possible replacement for him perhaps?

If the Duque brothers sufficiently impress in their trials with teams in France and win full time professional contracts it would be a historic move for Brazilian rugby. The move could get some contacts in France and could help pave the way for future professional Brazilian players, which would improve Brazilian rugby no end.

(video: a video showcasing the skills of the Duque brothers)


  1. These brothers deserve to compete abroad, certainly that would notivate other countrymen! Lucas Tanque is a special player with many skills and for sure is able to play in Europe.
    Vai Brasil!

  2. Someone suggested to me that the Duque brothers could well be playing for Blagnac in France´s third division (Fédérale 1). Many of Georgia´s backs play in this division but I truely hope Moisés and Tanque can play at a higher level.

    Força irmãos!

  3. I think the clubs mentioned in this article are the correct ones,1,1,,,77