The Portugal national rugby union team
is a third tier rugby union
side representing Portugal
. They first played in 1935 and now compete in the European Nations Cup
. Rugby union in Portugal is administered by the Federação Portuguesa de Rugby
. Portugal qualified for their first Rugby World Cup
in 2007. Portugal was in Pool C along with New Zealand
. They are nicknamed Os Lobos
Portuguese for "the wolves".
Portugal have experienced unprecedented success in recent years. They were surprise winners of the 2003-4 European Nations Cup
and have continued to record impressive results, although they could only finish third in the 2005-6 event. The IRB Sevens World Series
circuit has allowed the Portuguese players to demonstrate their competence to the wider rugby world. In 2006-7 Portugal competed at every IRB
sevens event for the first time.
Portugal played their first ever rugby international in April 1935 against Spain
. Portugal lost the game by a single point, 6-5. They played Spain again the following year with Spain winning 16-9. Portugal had more regular competition from the mid-1960s, and won their first game in 1966, defeating Spain 9 to 3. Portugal played Italy
for the first time in 1967, losing 6-3. They also had their first match against Romania
soon after and lost by 40 points. They defeated Belgium
in 1968, and also played Morocco
for the first time.
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