The women’s rugby sevens team (seven on each side) that will compete in the World Cup of the sport, in South Africa, was summoned this Wednesday (31). Coach Will Broderick, an English naturalized Brazilian, called 12 players, five remaining from the last edition, in the United States, in 2018.
The competition will be played between the 9th and 11th of September. The Yaras (as the team’s athletes are known) debut on the first day, a Friday, against Ireland, at 8:54 am (Brasilia time). Whoever passes will face the winner of New Zealand and Colombia on the 10th, Saturday, at 15:05, for the quarter finals. Whoever is defeated takes the loser of the same match, also on Saturday, but at 5:15 am, starting the knockout stage that is worth ninth place.
With three squads, El Shaddai-RJ is the club with the most representatives in the World Cup team (Gabriela Lima, Andressa Alves and Marcelle Souza). Leoas de Paraisópolis-SP has two players (Leila Silva and Bianca Silva). The other teams have one athlete each in the list: São José-SP (Mariana Nicolau), Charrua-RS (Luiza Campos), Curitiba-PR (Larissa Alves), Delta-PI (Thalia Costa), Melina-MT (Isadora Lopes) , USP-SP (Aline Furtado) and Band Saracens-SP (Marina Fioravanti).
Bianca, Aline, Leila, Marcelle and Luiza were in the 2018 edition of the competition. The latter, captain of the team, still represented the country in 2013, in Russia. With the participation in South Africa, she will match the mark of Baby Futuro – who retired from the national team in 2020 and defended the Yaras in three World Cups. Gabriela, Andressa, Mariana, Larissa, Thalia, Isadora and Marina will compete in the event for the first time.
“Show the new Yaras, that’s our motto. We want a new way to fight on the field, a new way to connect with the community off the field. The call-up shows a squad in renewal, betting on athletes who are doing different things, seeking to build a very strong group on and off the field. The criteria were based both on and off the field”, evaluated Broderick, on the website of the Brazilian Rugby Confederation (CBRu).
The World Cup in South Africa will be the fourth in history, all with Brazilian participation. In their debut, in 2009, in the United Arab Emirates, the Yaras were in tenth position. In the two following editions, Brazil was in 13th place.