The channels broadcasted the majority of the matches from Rugby World Cup 2011 but not all. Preference was given to specific teams - notably those that make up the Six Nations and the Rugby Championship. Neighbours Argentina are well respected in Brazilian rugby circles. The hatred that exists in soccer is not duplicated in rugby as the accomplishments of Los Pumas are well respected and considered as being vital to the future of rugby in Brazil and across the continent. The top ten plays that were nominated underline the sides that carry more weight in Brazil with some tries that were certainly not amongst the best in the tournament being singled out due to which player was scoring more than how good the try was itself. The top ten countdown is, nevertheless, an interesting look at how Brazil sees rugby.
The top ten plays from Rugby World Cup pool phase according to Brazil´s ESPN?
10. Sonny Bill Williams vs Japan
9. Tonga´s win over France
8. Bryan Habana vs Namibia
7. Brian O´Driscoll vs Italy
6. Digby Ioane vs Italy
5. Sam Warburton vs Fiji
4. Tommy Bowe vs Australia
2. Chris Ashton vs Scotland
1. Lucas González Amorosino vs Scotland