Rob Burgin, a pioneer himself in seeding rugby league in up to 10 South American countries, also announced the team logo today in his capacity as program manager for the Brazilians.
“The Amazon Warriors are also recognised in popular culture around the world, helping to create widespread awareness of Brazil’s arrival at the elite level of rugby league”.
Brazil was hand-picked by International Rugby League authorities to represent all of the South America in next year’s tournament in England.
The Amazonas have been pooled with England, Papua New Guinea and Canada. The other pool consists of Australia, New Zealand, France and Cook Islands.
“In representing an emerging sport in Brazil, it was considered vital that the logo include a rugby league ball and provide the domestic population a concept of what the game entails, via the central figure,” Burgin explained.
“Animal mascots and more simplified, minimalist designs were considered, but would not have educated the wider population about the primal element of the sport – running with an oval-shaped ball and trying to evade the defence.”