Chilean rugby sevens team captain Felipe Brangier told BioBioChile about the team’s expectations for next September’s World Cup in South Africa.
Chilean rugby will dress up next September. The national Sevens team will take part in the “Cape Town 2022” World Cup, in South Africa, an event for which it qualified last November when Latin American team Costa Rica finished second.
The 7 ‘Cóndores’, Argentina and Uruguay will represent South America in the event which will be played at the Cape Town Stadium. The defending champion is New Zealand, who in 2018 in the United States beat England in the final.
Chile will have its second consecutive participation in the World Cup. In the edition four years ago, the national team fell narrowly in round 1 against Ireland (12-17) and played in the Bowl, which defined the positions 17 to 20, winning this competition with victories over Tonga (33-29), Uganda (20-17) and Hong Kong (20-7).
Facing the future, national team captain Felipe Brangier said BioBioChile that “expectations are high. There is improvement in results and ratings from the previous World Cup. We won the Bowl, which is 17th place, and now we’re making the same effort as before or even more to be able to repeat or improve on that story.”
“We are confident. Today things in rugby are much better than before. There is a semi-professional, in some cases professional, program which has given opportunity to give exclusive dedication to players and has been seen on the field, with performance and results. Today, there are more concrete tools,” he added.
The Prince of Wales Country Club (PWCC) player also took the time to refer to the steady advance domestic rugby has seen, with the Sevens in their second consecutive World Cup and the “Cóndores XV” seeking to qualify for a World Cup for the first time in their history through the playoffs.
“Fundamentally, it is the results and the foundations that have been built in pursuit of a program that has provided all the tools it has, with as many elements as possible that the federation has at its disposal so that the players have more and more better tools to prepare and better quality time dedicated to rugby preparation,” he said.
About personal goals, the Center stressed that “I aim for the objectives that we have, mainly this year’s World Cup, to be fulfilled and to reach the Pan American 2023 to end my career in the best way. It would be my fourth Pan Am, I would be retiring at almost 35. We hope that things are progressing well and that the team also arrives in the best possible way at these events”.
To conclude, Brangier assured that at this stage of his career he was dedicated to share the experience with the youngest and the youngest, in order to internalize the sport of the oval and to encourage what could be a new generation of top athletes.
“I am entering this stage where I have to start sharing and passing on experiences. My career is closer to ending than reaching its peak. I had to share with the communities, even in what was my school, to transmit to the boys how, through sport, one is able to learn, develop, grow, mature and create an environment that life aid. I am very happy to have transmitted it”, he condemned.
Outstanding performance by Felipe Brangier in his career.-
2011: Pan American Games Guadalajara (MEX): 5th place
2014: South American Games in Santiago (CHI): bronze medal
2015: Toronto Pan American Games: 5th place
2017: Bolivian Games of Santa Marta (COL): gold medal
2018: South American Circuit (URU/CHI): 4th and qualification for the World Cup
2018: South American Games in Cochabamba (BOL): gold medal
2018: World Cup San Francisco (USA): 17th – Bowl Champion
2019: Pan American Games Lima: fifth place
2021 Latin America San José (CRC): vice-champion and qualification for the World Cup
Cape Town 2022 World Cup (RSA): to be played, between September 9 and 11, 2022.
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