It will never replace football as most Brazilians’ first love. But with 10,000 players, a growing TV audience for its two national leagues (the division one championship the Super 10, and the division two tournament, the Copa do Brasil) and a national women’s side making waves at the international level, Brazilian rugby is on the rise. Just as well, really, because Rio 2016 will mark the first appearance of the sport since the Paris Olympics of 1924.
Catch the finals of the Super 10 championship, the culmination of a battle between the division's 10 clubs, at the municipal stadium in Embu das Artes, about 25km west of São Paulo. The semi-finals are at 1.30pm on the 22 and 23 September, and the final is at 1pm on the 30 September.
To find out more about Brazilian rugby, go to brasilrugby.com.br. Or watch these tongue-in-cheek adverts prophesying glory.