Fixtures - Top Bar

Try Rugby takes Twickenham to Brazil

TWICKENHAM takes centre stage for the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final tomorrow but a rapidly growing audience will be watching from thousands of miles away thanks to Try Rugby Brazil.

The initiative is not only capturing Rugby World Cup fever but building up to 2016’s Olympic Games in Rio, which will see the return of Rugby 7s to the Olympic roster.
 
The partnership between Premiership Rugby, the British Council and SESI is now in its third year, and has seen the sport flourish across the states of São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina.

More recently the programme has launched in Rio de Janeiro in partnership with Land Rover. This branch of the project will work with 30,000 disadvantaged children, young people and adults from schools, industries and communities across the state of Rio de Janeiro over a 3 year period.
 
Tens of thousands of young people and adults have taken part in workshops, lessons, coaching education and much more – and the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final will provide another chance for them to learn more about rugby. The activity around the final will range from festivals to live screenings of the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final in São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio Grande do Sul, Rio de Janeiro and Santa Catarina.

Sam Johnston is just one Premiership Rugby community coach who is helping to spread the word in Brazil. Based in Votorantim, São Paulo, he comes into contact with more than 250 rugby-mad kids aged between seven and 14 each week. On the day of the final plans are afoot to show the game in its entirety followed by a tag rugby festival, a Rugby 7s game and adult rugby training to increase understanding of the game among parents.
 
“With the partnership between Premiership Rugby, the British Council and SESI in Brazil, we've been able to get the resources needed to make this year very successful,” said Johnston. “It has been a pleasure being part of it.
 
“The Try Rugby programme is going really well and we’re trying to integrate as many different age groups as possible. When you get people completely new to the sport it’s great and we want to tell them about the history and values of rugby as well as the practical side.
 
“As we get closer to Rio 2016 we want to play more games and use Brazil’s Rugby 7s side as an inspiration, to show that if the kids want to try and aspire to that level of rugby the opportunity is there for them.
 
“We’re also using Aviva Premiership Rugby-related resources in the classroom as a way of increasing the understanding of the game so they are very excited to have the opportunity to watch the Aviva Premiership Rugby Final.
 
“Our event during the final will see so many different age groups come together. It will be a very exciting day.”
 
The Try Rugby programmes objectives are to:

  • Help to grow the sport of rugby in Brazil in the lead up to Rio 2016.
  • To use rugby as a tool to support the social inclusion of 'at risk' or disadvantaged young people in Brazil and the development of valuable skills such as leadership.
  • Build links between the 12 Premiership Rugby clubs in the UK and SESI centres in Brazil to co-create resources and share best practice in the use of rugby for social inclusion and the development of young people.
  • To share knowledge and best practice in rugby with teachers, coaches and young volunteers creating a sustainable workforce.

If you want to be at the world's biggest club rugby final, this year's Aviva Premiership Rugby Final on 30 May, tickets are still available from Premiershiprugby.com/final.
 

Latest News

Academy star Jack Singleton pens first-team deal at Worcester Warriors

Warriors Academy hooker Jack Singleton has signed a new deal which will see him promoted to the first-team this summer…

Jack Singleton

Matt Garvey extends stay with Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to announce that Matt Garvey has signed a new contract with the Club. The 29-year-old joined…

Matt Garvey

George Nott confident ahead of Sale Sharks’ run-in

Sale Sharks may have let a 14-point lead slip against Exeter Chiefs last weekend, but forward George Nott believes that…

Owen Farrell wary of Glasgow Warriors threat

Revenge for the RBS 6 Nations may be on the minds of Glasgow Warriors’ players when they visit Saracens in…

Biyi Alo: Worcester Warriors cannot afford to take foot off the gas

Worcester Warriors prop Biyi Alo believes his side must continue to look up the table ahead of their Aviva Premiership…

Jacob Rowan, Billy Vunipola, Christian Wade and Jeremy Thrush star in OPTA Rugby Rankings

Saracens No.8 Billy Vunipola was back to his rampaging best in his club’s crucial Aviva Premiership Rugby victory over Bath…

Referee appointments for EPCR quarter-finals

It is not only Aviva Premiership Rugby’s playing stars that will be under the spotlight this weekend in the European…

Six exciting prospects join Harlequins Academy for 2017/18 season

Harlequins is today (Wednesday 29th March) proud to announce that six members of the Club's victorious U18s side will join…

Twickenham Stoop

Denny Solomona; “I’ve been here three years and it’s the choice I want to make”

Sale Sharks flying winger Denny Solomona is now eligible to play for England after receiving notification from the RFU. Speaking…

Denny Solomona

Saints community coaching helps Royal Latin reach Twickenham

This afternoon the first team from Buckingham’s Royal Latin School will be running out at Twickenham, thanks to the coaching…

Italy prop Michele Rizzo agrees new deal with Leicester Tigers

Italy international prop Michele Rizzo has agreed a new contract with Leicester Tigers. Rizzo has returned from injury to take…

Michele Rizzo

Former Scotland skipper Andy Nicol looks ahead to exciting Champions Cup clashes

As an ex-Glasgow Warrior Andy Nicol is delighted to see the Scotstoun outfit side reach the quarter-finals of the Champions…

RFU Disciplinary Hearing: Bryce Heem

The charge against Bryce Heem of Worcester Warriors for tackling the jumper in the air, contrary to law 10.4(i), was…

Bryce Heem

Saracens to thank Emergency Services at Derby Day

Saracens are offering complimentary tickets to any member of the London Emergency Services for the upcoming Derby Day clash against…

Wembley

Champions Cup semi-final venues announced

BT Murrayfield in Edinburgh, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium and Franklin’s Gardens in Northampton, as well as three French stadiums – the Allianz…

Fly-half Josh Lewis signs for Bath Rugby

Bath Rugby is delighted to welcome fly-half Josh Lewis, who will join the Club from Ebbw Vale for the 2017/18…

Josh Lewis

Don Armand targeting big final push with Exeter Chiefs

Don Armand insists Exeter Chiefs will make the most of time off to ensure they are in fine fettle for…

Don Armand