The Brazil women's national rugby union team are the national side of Brazil, representing them at rugby union. After several successful performances at Sevens rugby, they played their first 15-a-side fixture in May 2008 against Netherlands (see here for photographs of the first Brazilian international).
On March 8, 1997, on International Women's Day, it happened the first women rugby match in Brazil. It was in the city of Florianopolis (island in south of Brazil). Most of the players were the girlfriends and sisters of the men's team players, who always accompanied them to games and practices. Until the day they got tired of just watching and decided to try this sport that the guys seems to love. Maria Mikaella former captain of Brazilian National Team played that match and told us a little bit of how it was “we didn’t know the sport. In Brazil we didn't have rugby on TV or even a rugby ball to buy. We haven't heard about rugby until our friends began to play. We started just watching, but the sport seemed to be really cool to just watch. So we convinced the boys to teach us. The first game was messy. I just remember that we lost. However made us fall in love with rugby.”
From this game women rugby in Brazil began to develop and 14 years later, there are over 30 women teams. Even with a reduced number of teams compared to other countries, Brazil won seven South American titles in a row and finished 10th place at Rugby World Cup 2009 (Dubai).
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See Women's international rugby for information about the status of international games and match numbering