|Brazil Tupis - new name for the national mens team|
Ranked fourth in South American but making significant progress, Brazil is a team with its eye on the future. The governing body of Brazilian rugby, the CBRu has invested significant resources into making sure the national mens team can make as big of an impact as possible. Changes have been made both on and off the field with the team now having an official mascot the Tupis, which was selected as the new emblem to give Brazil a nickname similar to Argentina being Los Pumas, Chile Los Condores and Uruguay Los Teros. The governing body ash also seen sweeping changes in player preperation with former Crusaders and All Blacks international backrower, Scott Robinson taking over as the headcoach and being assisted by Brent Frew. Former Crusaders centre and Fijian international, Tabai Matson has also been involved in preparing the players for the South American Championship.
The Brazilian team will flyout to Santiago on Thursday. Robertson is to take a squad combining new and experienced international players with the goal being to return home with not only strong performances but also a win. The tournament is to involve the top four from South America (Argentina, Brazil, Chile and Uruguay) who will all face each other. It is known as the Sudamericano Mayor A in Spanish.