The Tupis, the Brazilian men’s rugby team, will begin their journey this week in search of a place in the 2023 World Cup in France and next Saturday the 26th they will face Paraguay at the Martins Pereira stadium in São José dos Campos.
“We are living a very special moment, however, the process to get here started a long time ago. It has been years of the system, many experienced players and it is finally time to play for a place in the World Cup. This match against Paraguay will be our first step, but as they are eliminatory games, it is also the most important commitment we have at this time ”, evaluated the head coach of the Brazilian team Fernando Portugal.
Argentine coaches Damián Rotondo and Nicolás Fernández Lobbe, with extensive experience in international rugby and who have already worked on projects in the Brazilian high-performance system, arrived to assist Portugal and their assistant coach, another Argentine, Emiliano Bergamaschi.
The classification system is divided into three phases. In the first, a direct elimination match against Paraguay. Whoever wins, advances to the next stage, whoever loses, says goodbye to the World Cup dream.
The second stage will have a format of triangular and will be held in Montevideo (Uruguay). The winner of the match between Brazil and Paraguay will face the winner of the match between Chile-Colombia the 11 of July. Next, the rival will be Uruguay, on July 25. The two best teams of the South American triangle advance to the third stage. The worst located in the triangular is eliminated.
In the third stage, the two best teams in the triangle face the two best teams in North America. The first two will face each other and the winner will qualify directly for France 2023.
The loser faces whoever wins the game among the runners-up from each continent. Whoever wins this match will also stamp their passport to French territory. The loser still has one last chance to qualify: to play in a world playoff. in a home run format against teams from Europe, Asia / Oceania and Africa.