According do CBRu (Brazilian Rugby Confederation) and IRB, Brazil has more than 16.000 players (certainly it's more, due to many informal clubs). In 2014, CBRu facebook page reached more than 90.000 "likes", and according to a Portal do Rugby census there are rugby more than 300 clubs, spread all over the 27 Brazilian states.
CBRu has 6 state federations that are full members: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Minas Gerais, Paraná, Santa Catarina and Rio Grande do Sul federations (unions). There are many other federations that are recognized, but without the same status. It's the case of federations from Pernambuco, Bahia, Distrito Federal, Goiás, Mato Grosso do Sul, Mato Grosso, Rio Grande do Norte and Amazonas, that organize some small state competitions.
A little summary Brazilian competitions-system:
From February/March to June: State/Regional Championships
From July to October/November: National Championships
From November to February: seven-a-side XVs competitionsSuper 10
- Brazilian Championship: 10 clubs in 2014 (8 from 2015)
2014: São José (São José dos Campos, SP), SPAC (São Paulo, SP), Pasteur (São Paulo, SP), Bandeirantes Saracens (São Paulo, SP), Rio Branco (São Paulo, SP), Niterói(Niterói, RJ), Curitiba (Curitiba, PR), Desterro (Florianópolis, SC), Farrapos (Bento Gonçalves, RS) and Alecrim (Natal, RN).National Second Division
: Yet to be confirmed. Proposal: 2 groups of 6 clubs each, restricted to clubs from the 6 major state federations.
South Group: Charrua (Porto Alegre, RS), Brummers (Novo Hamburgo, RS), BC Rugby (Balneário Camboriú, SC), Tapera (Itapema, SC), Londrina (Londrina, PR) and Maringá (Maringá, PR).
Southeast Group: Jacareí (Jacareí, SP), Poli (São Paulo, SP), Rio Rugby (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), Guanabara (Rio de Janeiro, RJ), BH Rugby (Belo Horizonte, MG) and Varginha (Varginha, MG)Copa do Brasil
(third tier): Yet to be confirmed. A national cup open to other states' clubsMajor state championshipsCampeonato Paulista
(São Paulo Championship): 3 divisions + others
First Division with 8 clubs: São José (São José dos Campos), SPAC (São Paulo), Pasteur (São Paulo), Bandeirantes Saracens (São Paulo), Rio Branco (São Paulo), Jacareí (Jacareí), Poli (São Paulo) and Wallys (Jundiaí and Louveira region)
2nd division with 9 clubs: Ilhabela (Ilhabela), Tornados (Indaiatuba), União Rugby Alphaville (Barueri), Corinthians (São Paulo, training in Barueri), Urutu (São Paulo), Palestra/Templários (São Bernardo do Campo), FEA (São Paulo), Tigres (São Paulo) and Lechuza (Itu and Sorocaba region)
3rd division with 14 clubs: Piratas (Americana), Jequitibá (Campinas), São Carlos (São Carlos), ABC (Santo André), Jaguars (Jaguariúna), Cougars (Vinhedo), Armada (Santos), Portuguesa (São Paulo and Guarulhos), Tatuapé (São Paulo), Pirituba (São Paulo), São Bento (São Paulo), União (São Paulo), SP Barbarians (São Paulo) and Medicina (São Paulo).
Other competitions: Campeonato Paulista do Interior, Copa Central (both for clubs from cities far from São Paulo City), Liga do Vale (for clubs from Vale do Paraíba region) and Campeonato Paulista Universitário (Varsity championship)Campeonato Fluminense
(Rio de Janeiro Championship): 2 divisions
First Division with 6 clubs: Niterói (Niterói), Rio Rugby (Rio de Janeiro), Guanabara (Rio de Janeiro), Volta Redonda (Volta Redonda), Itaguaí (Itaguaí) and Maxambomba (Nova Iguaçu)Campeonato Mineiro
(Minas Gerais Championship): 2 divisions
First Division with 10 clubs: BH Rugby, BH Rugby "B" (Belo Horizonte), Varginha (Varginha), Taurus (Uberaba), Uberlândia (Uberlândia), Montes Claros (Montes Claros), Inconfidentes (Ouro Preto), JF Rugby (Juiz de Fora), Campo Belo (Campo Belo) and Nova Lima (Nova Lima)
(Paraná Championship): 1 division
6 clubs: Curitiba (Curitiba), Urutau (Curitiba), Londrina (Londrina), Maringá (Maringá), Lobo Bravo (Guarapuava) and Toledo (Toledo)Campeonato Catarinense
(Santa Catarina Championship): 2 divisions
First Division with 4 clubs: Desterro (Florianópolis), BC Rugby (Balneário Camboriú), Tapera (Itapema) and Brusque (Brusque)Campeonato Gaúcho
(Rio Grande do Sul Championship): 3 divisions
First Division with 6 clubs: Farrapos (Bento Gonçalves), Charrua (Porto Alegre), San Diego (Porto Alegre), Brummers (Novo Hamburgo), Serra (Caxias do Sul) and Centauros (Estrela)Minor state championshipsCampeonato Potiguar
(Rio Grande do Norte championship*): 1 division
3 clubs: Alecrim (Natal), Caicó (Caicó) and Garous (João Pessoa, PB**)
*Breakaway from Liga Nordeste
**Garous is from Paraíba stateCampeonato Pernambucano
(Pernambuco championship): 1 division, played with reduced time
4 clubs: Náutico/Paulista (Recife metro area), Bastardos (Recife), Talleres (Recife) and Alecrim (Natal, RN)Copa Velho Chico
(Bahia Championship): 1 division, with just semifinals and final
4 clubs: Orixás (Salvador), Quibaana (Senhor do Bonfim), Ymborés (Vitória da Conquista) and Toruks (Porto Seguro)Campeonato Sul-Matogrossense
(Mato Grosso do Sul championship): 1 division, played with reduced time
4 clubs: Campo Grande (Campo Grande), Guaicurus (Três Lagos), Corumbá (Corumbá) and Dourados (Dourados)Major regional leagues
(clubs from more than one state)Liga Nordeste
(Northeast Region League): clubs from Pernambuco (PE), Bahia (BA), Alagoas (AL), Sergipe (SE), Ceará (CE), Piauí (PI) and Maranhão (MA) states
Group A: Maranhão (São Luis, MA), Sampaio Correa (São Luis, MA) and Piauí (Teresina, PI)
Group B: Parnaíba (Parnaíba, PI), Asa Branca (Fortaleza, CE) and Centuriões (Fortaleza, CE)
Group C: Naútico/Paulista (Recife metro area, PE) and Maceió/Arapiraca (Maceió and Arapiraca, AL)
Group D: Orixás (Salvador, BA) and Sergipe (Aracaju, SE)Copa Centro-Oeste
(Center-West regional league): clubs from Distrito Federal (DF), Goiás (GO), Mato Grosso do Sul (MS) and Mato Grosso (MT) states
Pantanal Group: Cuiabá (Cuiabá, MT), Primavera (Primavera do Leste, MT), Campo Grande (Campo Grande, MS) and Guaicurus (Três Lagoas, MS)
Cerrado Group: Goianos (Goiânia, GO), Brasília (Brasilia, DF) and Rugby Sem Fronteiras (Sobradinho, DF)Copa Norte
(Northern regional cup): clubs from Amazonas (AM) and Rondônia (RO) states
Clubs: GRUA (Manaus, AM), Guerreiros Korubo (Manaus, AM), Picanhas (Manaus, AM) and Porto Velho (Porto Velho, RO)
- Espírito Santo state organized in 2011 a local championship with 3 clubs, Vitória, Guarapari and Vila Velha, but it was discontinued. In 2013 Vitória played last year Rio's second division. Now they are without XVs competitions. It's odd that the first Rugby League clubs in Brazil were founded this year in Espirito Santo cities of Baixo Guandu and Serra;
- Acemira, from Belém (Pará state), plays regularly XVs against Maranhão and French Guyana clubs, but is also without regular competition;
- Campeonato Brasiliense (Brasilia XVs championship) was played in 2013 with 3 clubs, Brasilia, Rugby Sem Fronteiras and Candango, but Candango folded and the competition was not continued in 2014;
- Tocantins clubs Palmas and Mutuca Gurupi play an anual match called David Morrell Cup;
- Makuxi, from Boa Vista (Roraima state) state, played their first XVs match early this year;
- The two last states to have rugby are Acre and Amapá, that started their first clubs in 2014.
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