Brazil remains in the elite of women’s rugby due to the suspension of Russia

World Rugby, the sport’s international federation, reported this Wednesday (20) that Brazil remains the permanent selection of the women’s world circuit of sevens (seven athletes on each side) for the 2022/23 season. The Brazilians benefited from the punishment to Russia, suspended from all competitions due to the country’s military invasion of Ukraine.Brazil remains in the elite of women's rugby due to the suspension of RussiaBrazil remains in the elite of women's rugby due to the suspension of Russia

The Yaras (nickname of the women’s team in Brazil) ended last season, after six stages, in 11th and last position, with two points less than Spain. The campaign, at first, would demote the Brazilians. World Rugby, however, maintained the suspension of the Russians, applied already at the 2021/22 circuit and which left them out of the final two stages. The Europeans had finished in eighth place.

The other participants in the circuit are Australia (current champions), New Zealand, Fiji, France, United States, Canada, Great Britain (instead of England, also in agreement with the federations of Scotland and Wales), Ireland and Spain. , in addition to the champion selection of the second world division. It will be the Yaras’ fourth season in the elite of women’s rugby, and the third in a row.

The presence in the circuit allows the Brazilians to play regularly against the main teams in the world. The season premiere will take place on December 2nd and 3rd of this year, in Dubai (United Arab Emirates). The next stages are scheduled for Cape Town (South Africa), Hamilton (New Zealand), Sydney (Australia), Vancouver (Canada), Hong Kong and Toulouse (France).

Before, between September 9 and 11, the Yaras compete in the World Championship, in Cape Town. The Brazilian women participated in the three previous editions of the tournament, with tenth place in 2009, in Dubai, as the best campaign. In 2013 (Moscow, Russia) and 2018 (San Francisco, USA), the team reached the 13th position.

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