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Rugby team tours Brazil

The University rugby team is facing one of its toughest-ever tests - playing the Brazil national side.

The team is to play four matches in Brazil, including two games against a Brazil team that is ranked 28th in the world.

Edinburgh will also play Brazil under-23s and a regional select side. The tour comes 25 years after the University team last toured Brazil.

The matches have been 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.

In the first match on 4 June, the University team lost to Brazil 27-11 in Sao Paolo.

Over 1,200 fans attended the game, which was broadcast live on Brazilian television.

The tour is a high-profile sporting event for both Edinburgh University, one of the co-founding members of the Scottish Rugby Union, and Brazilian rugby. We’re very proud to play such an integral role in the promotion of the sport in Brazil.

Tom BroadheadEdinburgh University Rugby Club player

Rugby success

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.

Edinburgh and Brazil

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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