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Imagine playing rugby on an empty stomach. You haven't eaten a meal since morning and corrupt government officials and their families just steal taxpayers money, live lavishly, go to private schools in the U.K and the U.S, as they post their lavish spending photos on instagram. Yet, you don't even have a single dollar in your pocket, let alone a place to sleep, but you still love the oval ball and want to play the beautiful game.
Imagine playing rugby on an empty stomach.
That's a major problem when someone decides to create those so called "social projects" to teach rugby in shanty towns or state schools in Brazil. You believe you are doing something great and than realize "f*ck, they can't play if they don't have a proper meal!". All serious attempts to develop rugby among poor children must offer the meal (which is the main attractive). And you must know that the great majority of them won't keep playing for so long because they will need to work to help their families. It is nothing easy to do rugby in the "Third World".
That is why, most rugby programs provide nice food to bring the kids to play the beautiful game. One such program had kids drinking milk and eating bread, but after they have already played abit. Most of these kids only see milk once in a year, during festivities like Christmas and New Years. So, the food is a major contributor to people coming.
But in Brazil the situation isn't so extreme
There are many extreme cases in all social projects in Brazil, just like Neptune said.
"Rugby para Todos" in São Paulo has a big menu os nasty problems to tell, from kids that have 1 meal/day that are in the project JUST to have their second meal to kids that suffer domestic abuse and are there in the project because they get attention there.
Of course those that thrive with rugby are those with good family situation and support. Some are in the national team now, as you know.
The main problem is that our rugby union receives so much funding from corporate sponsors, private companies and world rugby, yet they don't even want to help these children play rugby. Most of the money is embezzled by corrupt officials in the rugby union. So sad.
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