Vasco Uva

Vasco Uva

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Vasco Nuno Barata Sousa Uva (born 15 December 1982 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese rugby union player. He plays as a number eight. In Portugal he played for Grupo Desportivo Direito, until he was assigned, in January 2008 for the professional team of Montpellier Hérault RC, in France.

He took his Law degree at the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon, and he worked as a lawyer until after the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals.

He was the captain of the Portugal national team in three of the four games at the 2007 Rugby World Cup finals. He was voted as Man of the Match in the 56-10 loss to Scotland. He commanded his team extremely well against New Zealand’s All Blacks, but he fractured his hand against Italy and missed the last game of the RWC with Romania.

After the RWC he co-wrote Hoje é por Portugal (Today is For Portugal) (his quote before the first game against Scotland), a book that relates everything that this amateur team, and himself as the captain, lived before the qualifications and during this major sportive and professional event of their lives.

Vasco Uva played briefly for Montpellier Hérault RC in the top division of French rugby, the Top 14 with is brother Gonçalo Uva. He then moved back to Direito, where he's currently the captain.

He was replaced as the capitan of the "Lobos" by João Correia before the match played with Russia, at 1 March 2008, which resulted in a 26-41 loss.

He counts 65 caps for Portugal National Team, with 10 tries scored, 50...
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