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Sunshine Coast to host Brazil and South Africa international

Fresh from winning the French Under 19 Rugby League Championship, Catalans Dragons talent Renato Amaro Silva has flown around the world to represent his native Brazil against South Africa tomorrow.

Born in Goiânia in central Brazil, Amaro Silva is a prop forward who has travelled an unusual path to the upper levels of global rugby league.

Having arrived in Noosa this week to represent the Carcarás, he will be a Brazilian living in southern France, flying on a Portuguese passport.

Amaro Silva will become the first active player from either the English Super League or NRL systems to pull on the jersey of Brazil.

Renato Amaro Silva will play for Brasil Rugby League. Photo: supplied
Renato Amaro Silva will play for Brasil Rugby League. Photo: supplied

“Along with the six players we have flown to Australia from the domestic Brazilian competition, it’s exciting to be bringing together a team from across the world and developing pathways for the future,” Brasil Rugby League general manager Robert Burgin said.

“Of our 17 players on game day, we expect 13 positions will go to players actually born in Brazil, with four qualifying under the parent rule.”

The six current players from the Brazilian domestic competition featuring in the game have undertaken two four-week development tours, observing and training alongside the Sunshine Coast Falcons (main picture with Falcons forward Darryn Schonig), a feeder team to the Melbourne Storm.

Their opponents South Africa last played international league in 2019, when the Cook Islands beat them 66-6 in a World Cup qualifying game.

The Cook Islands team contained Charnze Nicoll-Klokstad, Tepai Moeroa, and Brad Takairangi.

Brasil suffered a last-up 40-8 defeat against the Philippines in 2021, meaning both nations will be determined to return to the winners’ circle.

Rhinos fullback Luke de Vlieg puts in a kick at training. Photo: South Africa Rhinos media
Rhinos fullback Luke de Vlieg puts in a kick at training. Photo: South Africa Rhinos media

Captain Shane Gillham said the South African Rugby League Rhinos had selected a strong squad for the match, featuring some familiar faces and some new blood with seven debutants named.

Under new head coach Darryl Fisher, who has his brother Hayden Fisher on the team staff as head strength and conditioning trainer, the team were determined to turn around their World Cup qualifier campaigns of 2015 and 2019 where they lost  against Lebanon and the Cook Islands respectively

“Players are flying from Mackay, Emerald, Sydney, Perth, Brisbane, Gold Coast looking to build a base foundation again,” Gillham said.

South African Rugby League v Brasil Rugby League

When: Sunday, June 5 – 3pm

Where: Noosa District Sports Complex (home of the Noosa Pirates)

Watch: South African Rugby League v Brasil Rugby League

Squad lists

Brazil Rugby League South Africa Rugby League 
1. Ravi Araujo (c)
2. Gabriel Domingues
3. Steven Braga
4. Fellipe Dittz
5. Otavio Dias
6. Heitor Fleury
7. Murilo Manzutti
8. Renato Amaro Silva
9. Simon De Araujo
10. Diego Sanches Nogueira
11. Rubens Gomes
12. Antonio Caleiro
13. Donovan Barreira
14. Vinicius Guedes Silva
15. Marco Mendes
16. Rafael Melo
17. Leonardo Teles
18. Dylan Nunes
19. Juan Casanova
1. Luke de Vlieg
2. Jason Cutler
3. Jean-Charl Smith
4. Byron Hutchison
5. Darren O’Donovan
6. Bevan Devries
7. Kam Cryer
8. Joel Tubbs
9. Harry Blake
10. Shane Gillham (c)
11. Ethan Sweet
12. Brad Sparrow
13. Aden Perry
14. Jason King
15. Kalum Gulliver-Brown
16. Johan Louw
17. Jovan Pienar
18. AJ Pretorious
19. Herschel Classen
20. Chelsea Adams
Coach: Paul Grundy Coach: Darryl Fisher


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