|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.
There were some rumours they may be signed by Castres, who had a few long term injuries in the backs. But those rumours were just rumours and no more, Tanque Duque said on his twitter page that he hadn't had a trial with Castres, who ended up signing the troubled Samoan Paul Perez as a medical joker instead, a man who was deported from New Zealand in 2010 due to cases of alcohol abuse and domestic assault.
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)