The University rugby team has made new friends in a successful tour of Brazil.
The team played four matches in Brazil, including two test fixtures against the Brazilian national team, ranked 28th in the world.
In the first match on 4 June, the University team lost to Brazil 27-11 in Sao Paolo.
Over 1,200 spectators attended, with 2.5 million viewers watching the game as it was broadcast live on Brazilian television.
In their second encounter with the national side on 17 June, the University team drew 20-20, with Rob Cuthbertson scoring all the points.
Edinburgh won the other two matches, beating the Brazilian U23 team 20-12 and the South-select team 46-7, on 11 and 14 June respectively.
The matches were arranged to help promote rugby in the South American country ahead of the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, in which rugby sevens will be included for the first time.
The end of the academic year sees the departure of several players including team captain Michael Johnson who is to be replaced by team-mate James Morrison.
All who are returning to University from the Brazil trip will benefit from playing against an emergent [rugby-playing] nation.
Edinburgh University Rugby Club
The tour marks the end of a successful season for Edinburgh University Rugby Club.
The first fifteen won the Scottish Universities title with nine wins from 10 matches. As a result, next season the team will play in the British Universities Premier B League.
The tour is expected to help prepare the team for the challenge of regularly playing against the best university sides in the UK.
The University has a long tradition of producing strong rugby teams, as well as players who represent their national sides.
Famous University rugby players from history include former British Lions David Bedell-Sivright, Angus Black, Dan Drysdale and C.G. Timms.
Eric Liddell, featured in the film Chariots of Fire, also captained the University rugby side prior to winning 400 metres gold at the 1924 Olympics.
The University’s ties with Brazil range from geosciences partnerships to social science data collaborations and health education links.
Examples include our collaborative centre with Petrobras, Brazil’s national energy company.
The International Centre for Carbonate Reservoirs is a £1.8 million project that uses our world-class expertise to help address the challenge of extracting oil from carbonate reservoirs in offshore fields.
We also collaborate with the Centre for Metropolitan Studies, Sao Paolo, sharing data and methods in social science research.
In 2009, Edinburgh played a lead role in the delivering an educational programme for stem cell researchers in Brazil.
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This article was published on Jun 29, 2011