Paulo do Rio Branco

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Paulo do Rio Branco
Paulo do Rio Branco in 1896
Full name Paulo do Rio Branco da Silva Paranhos
Date of birth (1876-07-10)July 10, 1876
Place of birth Paris
Date of death February 1927
Place of death Paris
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Weight 78.5 kg (173 lb)
Rugby union career
Position(s) Hooker, Fullback
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
1893-1901 Stade Français ()

Paulo do Rio Branco da Silva Paranhos (10 July 1876 in Paris – February 1927 Paris) was a French-born Brazilian rugby union player. He was the son of the Baron of Rio Branco and of a Belgian origin dancer, Philomène Stevens. He studied Medicine in Paris, where he settled, becoming a surgeon. He was the first Brazilian rugby union player of international level, and became a celebrity in France. He first played as a hooker, but later moved to fullback.

Rio Branco was one of the best players for the legendary French team of Stade Français, winning six titles of National Champion, in 1893, 1894, 1895, 1897, 1898 and 1901. He was also twice vice champion, in 1896 and 1899.[1] A dual French and Brazilian citizen, he played for France in unofficial matches.

He served as a volunteer at World War I, as a civilian physician for the French-Brazilian hospital, depending from the Red Cross. He became a knight of the Legion of Honour for his services during wartime.


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