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LRB SPORTS NEW RECRUITS 2017 – Maira Bravo Behrendt

Name: Maira Bravo Behrendt

Hometown/Birthplace: São Paulo, Brasil

Position in 7’s: Center, playmaker, hooker

  1. What made you want to play rugby in Japan? I came to Japan in April for 2 weeks to play in a tournament and fell in love with the country, so when I heard that clubs in japan wore looking for players i just had to give it a chance.
  2. What jaapnese words do you know already? I know about 10 words, but my favorites are: Kawai(cute), ohayo(good morning) and oish(tasty/yummy).
  3. Who do you look up to as a role model? Paula Ishibashi, great friend and amazing player from Brazil 7’s team
  4. What do you think you can add most to your team here in Japan? I’m still figuring it out, but probably some game vision and some skill details
  5. Do you have any worries or concernns about making the move to Japan? I was really concerned about the language and how to communicate with people inside and outside the game, but the people here are so amazing that even though not all players speak english we can communicate and they really try to understand and help me in every way possible.
  6. What Brazilian food do you miss the most? Pão-de-queijo, tapioca and Brazilian coffee
  7. Whats your image of Japan? Great country, amazing people, delicious food. weather is a little colder and wetter than what I’m used to, but they say its going to get better.
  8. What things are you hoping to try in Japan? many different kinds of foods and maybe a different style of rugby.
  9. How do you feel about living in the hustle and bustle of Tokyo which has a population of 14 million? São Paulo has about 12 million people and does not have the infrastructure that Tokyo has, so it actually does not have a huge impact on me.
  10. What messgae do you have for young girls in Sao Paulo and the rest of Brazil who want to play rugby at the highest level? You never fail until you stop trying, so keep your goals in mind and work hard for it.
  11. Whats your thoughts on womens rugby in Japan? It’s very fast, agile and disciplined. and also it is very professional in club level, which you don’t see much around the World in womens rugby.
  12. Whats your favorite Japanese food? Ummm, thats hard to answer. before I came I would say sushi, but I have tried so many good things, like takoyake, shabu shabu… i really can not decide.
  13. Finally, If you were on a plane for 24 hours who would you like to sit by and why? no one, so I could have a little extra space 😉

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