The Portuguese rugby team is now set for Germany "confident of a triumph" in the play-offs of accessing the Championship, which will put them back in the top flight in Europe, even though the professional 'reinforcements' have not reached the desired amount.
Anthony Alves, who plays for France's second-tier Aurillac, and Jacques LeRoux of Birmingham, England's third division, were the only professionals to respond to the call of the Portuguese Rugby Federation (FPR) for the decisive meeting on Saturday in Frankfurt.
"The arrival of at least two other professional players was confirmed, but some last-minute injuries have hampered the plans," Portuguese midfielder Martim Aguiar told Lusa news agency.
The coach stressed, however, that he has "full confidence" in the group at his disposal and that the two players who said "present" to the call "always come to add".
"We were only concerned with what we can control. We did a better season than before at all levels and the game model itself was planned to think of this rival, which was already defined for some time," said Martim Aguiar.
In addition, the group to the orders of the Portuguese selector is today "more experienced" than a year ago, when it was beaten by only three points (16-13) against the same opponent in the eliminatory one of access to the world-wide championship.
"We have worked hard and evolved a lot in our weak points and the statistics prove it. We are very focused on this game and the goal is to return to the top division," said the Portuguese coach, adding that the team believes this is where be".
"We are going to Germany assuming this responsibility to bring Portugal back to the top European level," said Martim Aguiar. "It's a good weight that falls on our shoulders."