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Rugby Union In Rio

Rugby union is one of the minor sports in Rio, but this game is gaining more popularity at universities across the country. This minor sport of Rio is played regularly in different states of Brazil and in the Federal District. However, rugby union in Rio is not widely played in the schools but commonly played in the universities of the south, south east, some parts of Amazonia and north east. The South East usually has great players at national level. However, Rugby union in Rio de Janeiro is administered by the Brazilian Rugby Association. Read on to know more about rugby union in Rio.

Rugby union in Rio came to appear in the late nineteenth century. Brazilian started playing international rugby union matches in 1950s; they played the first game against Chile. But they were defeated by Chile. In the late 70s Brazilian started playing a more diverse range of sides, including heavyweights France XV in 1974. Up to early 90s they mainly competed with Chile, Paraguay, Argentina and Uruguay. Brazil returned, and went undefeated for seven matches over a period from 2000 to early 2002. However, in 2009, the International Olympic Committee announced that rugby seven will be included in Summer Olympics 2016, which will be held in Rio de Janeiro.

Rugby union team in Rio has been playing internationally since 1950s but this team is not been qualified for the Rugby World Cup. Rugby union in Rio is the best team for its division in South America; this team has won the last three South American Championships division B, without losing any game. However, Topper presented new kits for the Rugby union team in Rio. The home kit includes yellow jersey with green details, green shorts and white socks. The away kits are green jersey with yellow trim, white shorts and green socks. Third kit includes white jersey with green and yellow details, white shorts and white socks. As for the training Topper presented blue jersey with yellow trim, white shorts and white socks. Moreover, Brazilian also annually contested the domestic club competition known as Campeonato de Rugby or Super 8 since 1964.

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