About the Team
The Brazilian teams qualified for the event as the host nation, but the rugby players in Brazil hope this sparks a greater interest in the game in their country.
“In a country more used to celebrating the footballing feats of Pele, Zico, Ronaldo and Neymar, there are hopes that rugby sevens’ Olympic exposure will attract thousands more Brazilians to the oval ball game,” Sports24 noted. “For international governing body World Rugby and Brazilian rugby administrators, it is a massive opportunity to grow the game in the football-obsessed South American country”.
Tickets to all of the games were a hot item and the 15,000 seat Deodoro Stadium has sold out for all days.