Portugal prepares for World Cup in Vilamoura

in Sport · 04-08-2007 00:00:00 · 0 Comments

The Portuguese national team, in preparation for their debut at a Rugby World Cup have been training at Browns Sports and Leisure club in Vilamoura.

The team played one friendly last weekend, which they lost 16-19 to London Welsh before facing Coventry RFC as the President’s XV on Saturday (August 4 at 17h45).
The national team will be hoping to improve on the high number of errors committed last weekend, and will especially be looking to not give away possession in the opposition 22 and inability to control rolling mauls.
Tickets for the game (€10 per adult €5 per child, under fives free entry) can be purchased at the venue or booked by calling 289 322 740.
Earlier this year, Portugal became the first amateur team to qualify for a rugby world cup after a nail-beating second-leg match against Uruguay, who they beat 24-23 on aggregate to win, despite losing 18-12.
Portugal will face New Zealand, Italy, Scotland and Romania over a period of three weeks at next month’s tournament in France, which is the third most-watched sports event in the world.
Portugal will pin their hopes in the France World Cup on defeating Romania, and pushing Six Nations wooden spoon holders Scotland to the limit.
While Portugal has in recent years deemed themselves capable of beating Italy, the Italians are in 2007 probably the best they ever been, so keeping the score down would be Portugal’s main objective.
Only a few months ago, it would have been difficult to imagine Portugal’s amateurs squaring up to the All Blacks as they perform the Haka, but that will become a reality on September 15 in Lyon as they face the World cup favourites in a match where losing by fewer than a 100 points will be an achievement in itself.
Portugal kicks off its campaign against Scotland on September 9, and after New Zealand, will face Italy on September 19 and the match of their group will be on September 25 when they travel to Toulouse for their clash with Romania.


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