Two big news about Brazil:
First, this has been out for some days but no one has posted it so I will. The CBRu and Crusaders and canterbury RFU, NZ have inked a deal for the later to assist the former till 2017.
CBRu media release thru Google translate:***CBRu and Crusaders Franchise Limited (Crusaders) conclude the contract with effect from 2012 to 2017
Crusaders and CRFU CBRu make available to qualified full-time coaches and technicians to assist visitors planning and implementation of the high yield of CBRu***
The Brazilian Confederation of Rugby (CBRu), the Crusaders Franchise Limited (Crusaders) and the Federation of Rugby Canterbury (Canterbury Rugby Football Union - Incorporated - "CRFU") are pleased to announce the signing of a contract with effect from 2012 to 2017 through which Crusaders and CRFU CBRu make available to qualified full-time coaches and technicians to assist visitors planning and implementation of the high yield of CBRu including but not limited to, the identification and training and preparing athletes for international competitions, aiming building competitive teams for the Olympics in Rio in 2016 and the future
Sami Arap, President of CBRu commented that "Brazil has the ambition to join a select group of the best rugby teams in the world, and create competitive teams for 2016 and to qualify for a World Cup Rugby. We are focused in long-term relationships. the country got so successful, build competitive teams in all collective sports and rugby is not the exception. Support for high performance is vital ingredient to the success and sustainability. We are really happy with the alliance Crusaders / CRFU and eager to learn the key skills physical, mental, personal and professional athletes needed to create successful rugby. "
Hamish Riach, Crusaders chief executive officer of CRFU and commented that CBRu has ambitious goals with which CRFU and Crusaders are eager to contribute. "We are interested in working with CBRu order to help them develop their high performance program. His goal to become competitive in 2016 and classify a team to a World Cup Rugby in the future are admirable and we applaud the planning long-term CBRu. Assist the development of high performance rugby in Brazil certainly will generate benefits for the rugby world. "
Secondly, blog Portal do Rugby reports that CONSUR released the decision for next year's CONSUR A. It will be played at the Charrua Stadium in Montevideo, Uruguay. The format will be the same as this year
with ARG, URU, CHI and the winner of BRA v CONSUR B champs playing a round robin.
Chile proposed making it a Home or away championship but the proposal was voted down as it would double the current costs.
I see the Copa do Brazil has Guanabara v a Minas Gerais team but it's not Varginha. Also last year's defending champs Ilhabela from SP aren't included. I see for some reason they finished last in the Paulista B division but there is an * next to their name. What happened?