Thursday, January 10, 2013

Brazil Squad confirmed for Punta del Este Sevens

Former All Blacks backrower Scott Robertson will be in command of the Brazilian mens Sevens side in the upcoming Punta del Este Sevens event. It is the largest Sevens competition of the year in Uruguay and according to some it is South America´s premier event. Robertson confirmed a squad of thirteen players to travel to Uruguay for the even which will be played this coming weekend on January 13 and 14. The squad will then travel to Chile to take part in Chile´s largest Rugby Sevens event, the Seven Internacional de Viña in city of Viña del Mar. Both events are to be warm-up´s for the CONSUR Sevens tournament to be hosted in Rio de Janeiro on February 23 and 24. It is to be training for the host nation ahead of the 2016 Olympic Games. Brazil is targetting a place in Moscow for the 2013 Rugby Sevens World Cup. 

The Brazilian squad is a mixture of veteran players and young blood. Brazil´s 15 man a side captain Daniel Gregg is in the squad as is veteran centre and the former Italian based professional, Fernando Portugal. Other notable players include scrumhalf Felipe Claro, known in Brazilian rugby circles as Alemão (German) and Diego Lopez. Alemão and Lopez were amongst the best players for Brazil in the Rugby World Cup Qualifying match with Paraguay in late 2012. Another player of note is the young Pedro Lopez of São José rugby who was a member of the Grenoble academy in France last season. On paper the Brazilian squad is stronger than the one that competed in the 2012 Las Vegas Sevens in the USA, an official leg of the IRB World Sevens Series. 

In addition to Brazil the Punta del Este Sevens will also feature Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and a host of teams from Argentina and elsewhere. While Viña del Mar will also feature South American test sides. Brazil will be looking to not only win some matches but also win some tournaments. The Brazilian Rugby Confederation (CBRu) invested heavily in the Sevens team in 2012 with the squad touring New Zealand in November to play in a number of Rugby Sevens tournaments in the Crusaders region. 

Brazilian Squad
Bruno Garcia (Jacareí)
Lucas Drudi (Jacareí)
Matheus Daniel (Jacareí)
Daniel Gregg (Niterói)
Lucas Piero (Desterro RC)
Diego Lopez (Pasteur)
Fernando Portugal (Bandeirantes)
Felipe Claro (São Paulo AC)
Leandro Castiglioni (São Paulo AC)
Lucas Tranquez (São Paulo AC)
Pedro Lopes (São José Rugby)
Jefferson Felisberto (São José Rugby)
Allan Martins (Corinthians)

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