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Spider AF's Antonio representing Portugal at the Rugby World Cup

Spider Labs is proud to announce that software engineer António Machado Santos, who works at the Portuguese office, has been selected as a player candidate for the Portugal national rugby team.

António Machado Santos, a software engineer at Spider Labs' Portuguese office, has been selected as a candidate for the Portugal national rugby team. He will begin training with the team as of June this year.

Comment from António Machado Santos:

“Being selected for the World Cup qualifiers and being able to start training with the national team is very exciting and I feel a sense of accomplishment. Participating in the World Cup has been a dream since I was a child and there are still many challenges ahead, but if everything goes well, I should be able to go to France in September as a representative of Portugal.”

Profile of António Machado Santos:

Name: António Machado Santos

Place of birth: Portugal

Date of birth: June 9, 1998

Team: Belenenses Rugby

Position: Loosehead Prop

Height: 186 cm

Weight: 113 kg

Antonio started playing rugby at the age of 6 and had a 3-year break, but returned at the age of 11. Through playing rugby while studying, he was able to find a great balance between school and sports and lead a healthy life. Antonio believes that playing sports at any level is essential. He is a sports enthusiast who currently works as a software engineer at the Spider Labs Portuguese office and also actively participates as a working athlete, leading a busy life.

The commonality between engineers and rugby players is teamwork, dedicated effort, and a selfless attitude. We asked Antonio some questions about his unique way of working.

Q: How do you balance work and sports?

Antonio: It is not easy, but it is not impossible. Fortunately, I work at a great company that allows me to use my time flexibly. Club practices are always after 7:00 PM, but national team practices are sometimes held during "working hours", so I usually finish my work at night or wake up early the next day. Also, if necessary, I work on weekends to make up for it.

Q: Engineers and rugby players seem very different, but are there any commonalities?

Antonio: The commonality between the two is teamwork, dedicated effort, and a selfless attitude. Like being a member of an engineering team, I am just one player on a rugby team. And in both worlds, there are always people who expect me to give my best, and there is always an environment where we help each other.

Thank you! I expect that the days leading up to the World Cup will be harsh, but we appreciate your support!

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