His side, which is a mix of professional and amateur players includes a first in World Cup history, three members of the same family in the same side. The Uva brothers, Vasco and Gonçalo, who are brothers, are joined by cousin João in the starting side.
What is more is that they will all start in the pack, and Vasco will captain the side from number eight. João will join Vasco in the back row, packing down at open side, and Gonçalo will occupy the number four jersey.
Elsewhere Diogo Mateus, one of the six full time players in the squad, will start at inside centre, and is joined by his brother, David, who starts on the right wing.
João Correia, a full time oral hygienist, and part time medical student, will start on the bench.
Portuagl: 15 Pedro Leal, 14 David Mateus, 13 Federico Sousa, 12 Diogo Mateus, 11 Pedro Carvalho, 10 Duarte Cardoso Pinto, 9 José Pinto, 8 Vasco Uva (c), 7 João Uva, 6 Juan Severino Somoza, 5 David Penalva, 4 Gonçalo Uva, 3 Ruben Spachuck, 2 Joaquim Ferreira, 1 Rui Cordeiro.
Replacements: 16 Juan Manuel Muré, 17 João Correia, 18 Paulo Murinello, 19 Diogo Coutinho, 20 Luis Pissarra, 21 Pedro Cabral, 22 Miguel Portela.
Date: Sunday September 9, 2007
Kick off: 18.00 (17.00 BST)
Venue: Stade Geoffrey-Guichard, St-Etienne
Referee: Steve Walsh (New Zealand)
Touch judges: Marius Jonker (South Africa), Hugh Watkins (Wales)
Television match official: Dave Pearson (England)
Assessor: Tappe Henning (South Africa)