AROUND THE WORLD IN TEN STO­RIES 1 Brazil 2 Samoa 3 South Africa

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Rugby World - - FRONT ROW - Words Sarah Mock­ford // Pic­tures Getty Im­ages, Huw Evans Agency & Dory Khay­att

Brazil’s match against the Maori All Blacks on Satur­day 10 Novem­ber will be streamed live on Twit­ter in a bid to raise the pro­file of rugby in the coun­try.

The match in São Paulo is be­ing de­scribed as the most im­por­tant in Brazil’s his­tory and pro­vid­ing free ac­cess to live cov­er­age via the so­cial net­work should help grow the game.

The Maori also play the USA (3 Nov, Chicago) and Chile (17 Nov, San­ti­ago). The Fiji and Samoa unions will find out this month if their bids for seats on the World Rugby Coun­cil have been suc­cess­ful.

As Rug­byWorld re­ported ear­lier this year, the unions have been mak­ing changes to their con­sti­tu­tions and gov­er­nance struc­tures in or­der to meet cri­te­ria laid out by World Rugby.

The Coun­cil will de­cide whether Fiji and/or Samoa have done enough to be awarded seats at a meet­ing on 14 Novem­ber. Schalk Brits, who hopes to be part of South Africa’s RWC 2019 squad, will play for the Bar­bar­ians against Ar­gentina at Twick­en­ham on 1 De­cem­ber (tick­et­mas­ter.co.uk/bar­bar­ians).

The hooker was per­suaded to come out of re­tire­ment by Boks coach Rassie Eras­mus and played in the third-Test de­feat by Eng­land in June. Eras­mus is coach­ing the Baa-Baas and Brits hopes to take an­other step to­wards Ja­pan 2019.

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