Vasco Uva

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Vasco Uva
Full name Vasco Nuno Barata Sousa Uva
Date of birth (1982-12-15) December 15, 1982 (age 34)
Place of birth Lisbon, Portugal
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Weight 98 kg (216 lb)
University Catholic University of Portugal, Lisbon
Notable relative(s) Gonçalo Uva, João Uva
Rugby union career
Position(s) Number eight
Amateur team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
Senior career
Years Team Apps (Points)
2007-08 Montpellier 3 (0)
National team(s)
Years Team Apps (Points)
2003- Portugal 101 (65)
Correct as of 19 Mar 2016

Vasco Nuno Barata Sousa Uva (born 15 December 1982 in Lisbon) is a Portuguese rugby union player. He plays as a number eight.

He took his Law degree at the Catholic University of Portugal, in Lisbon, and he works as a lawyer.

Club career[edit]

In Portugal he played for Grupo Desportivo Direito. He played briefly for Montpellier Hérault RC in the top division of French rugby, the Top 14 with is brother Gonçalo Uva, which he joined in January 2008. He soon moved back to Direito, where he's currently the captain. He also played for Lusitanos XV at international evel.

International career[edit]

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.[citation needed] He commanded his team extremely well against New Zealand’s All Blacks,[citation needed] 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 (2007) (Today is For Portugal), a title taken from 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.

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 101 caps for Portugal National Team, with 13 tries scored, 65 points in aggregate. He is currently the most capped player for Portugal.[1]


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