The Brazilian men’s and women’s rugby sevens teams end the month of November playing in international tournaments. The Yaras are looking to stay in the elite, through the World Tour, while the Tupis will try to get a spot in the 2022 World Cup and the unprecedented title of the South American Championship. Sevens is the Olympic format for the sport.
current south american champions and among the 11 forces of world rugby, the Yaras will play the penultimate stage of the 2021 World Tour, in Dubai, on the 26th and 27th of November. In group A, they will face France, Australia, the United States and Spain. Group B brings together teams from Fiji, Canada, United Kingdom, Ireland and Russia.
Among those convoked by coach William Broderick, the news are the return of Leila Silva (Leoas de Paraisópolis), Cláudia Teles (Niterói) and Edna Santini (São José). “The call-up is very similar to the team that beat the South American this year. It will be our first tournament with the world’s elite since the Olympic Games. We are focused on putting our best rugby on the field. Each athlete has their individual goal and if they all do their part on and off the field, we have the potential to make a great campaign”, he analyzes. Also in Dubai, the Yaras will compete in the last stage of the circuit scheduled for December 3rd and 4th.
Tupis in Costa Rica
The men’s team is one of nine participants in the South American Sevens to be held at the Estádio Nacional, in the city of San Jose, Costa Rica, on the 27th and 28th of November. Two unprecedented achievements are at stake for Brazil: the continental title and one of the two spots for the Sevens World Cup, to be held in September 2022, in Cape Town, South Africa. The Tupis have two memorable victories against the Argentine Pumas, who dominate men’s rugby on the continent, one in 2011 and the other in 2020, when he was runner-up in South America.
The sevens rugby tournament brings together three groups, with Brazil, Guatemala and Panama in the A; Chile, Peru and El Salvador are in group B; Uruguay, Nicaragua and hosts Costa Rica complete group C. On Saturday 27, the Tupis face the Panamanians at 11:06 am (Eastern time) and at 1:12 pm, the Guatemalans.
The games for the next qualifying round start on the same day and end on Sunday 28, along with the semi-finals and final. The top six in each group advance. In group 1 the first, fourth and fifth placed will play against each other. In group 2, the same will happen between the second, third and sixth. The top four will proceed to the semifinals. The last of the groups will dispute the fifth place. The remaining three teams will still have the chance to compete in a triangular for seventh place at the South American rugby seves.
“Our team prepared strong and has the potential to win the tournament. The team mixes experienced athletes who have been serving the main XV and counts on the reinforcement of athletes who were previously out of the high performance system. Above all, we need to pay attention to Chile and Uruguay, our great rivals on the continent”, observes back Felipe Sancery, captain of the Tupis.