The Rugby South American B Championship will be held between October 10 and October 16, 2004 at the Estdio caro de Castro Mello” in the “Complexo esportivo Constncio Vaz Guimares” close to the Ibirapuera park. The stadium, which was lent to the Brazilian Rugby Union by the “Secretaria da Juventude Esporte e Lazer” headed by Mr. Lars Grael seats 14,000 people and is also used by the Brazilian Track and Field teams. The winner of this event will compete in the South American Championship, where they will have a chance to compete in the 2007 Rugby World Cup.
This is the fourth edition of the competition in this format and Brazil has a very decent record; winning in 2001 & 2002 and runner-up in 2003. The games will be held on the following dates; October 10, 2004 (Colombia vs Paraguay, Brazil vs Peru), October 13,2004 (Paraguay vs Peru, Brazil vs Colombia) and October 16, 2004 (Peru vs Colombia, Brazil vs Paraguay)
The Brazilian National Team has been training for the past months under the supervision of Jonathan Lowe, and is comprised of players from all over Brazil. The event will be covered by ESPN BRASIL with possible live coverage of the Brazil vs Paraguay match on Saturday the 16 October, 2004. This would be the first live coverage in Brazil of a rugby game at this level.
For those of you unfamiliar with the game, Rugby is a fast growing international sport which developed from Football (Soccer) when in 1823 the legendary William Webb Ellis, a student of Rugby College in England, picked up the ball and began to run with it. The game then developed mainly through British private schools and universities until an organized competition was created in 1871. The game then spread to various other regions of the world, such as New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and other parts of Europe (particularly France).
Rugby’s development in South America has been mainly through public schools, and also with expats of the major playing nations emigrating to this area of the world. In Brazil the game has a small but extremely loyal playing and watching public, and in recent years has started to develop quite strongly. Rugby really is a great team game, which invokes team spirit, comradery both on and off the field, and includes players of all shapes and sizes! If this sounds interesting to you, go along and watch a game to see what it is all about.
The Brazilian National Team are currently looking for Sponsors, any interested parties can contact Bernard Higgins on firstname.lastname@example.org or via cell (11) 9586 4030.
For more details on the event please check the website www.brasilrugby.com.br“