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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 13:08

True about Honduras, I was forgeting http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2015/11/30/guatemala/

Took Malawi off too, they played Lesotho last year: http://www.nyasashowbiz.com/malawi-defe ... gby-match/

Albania was an Italian-Albanians team that played, that's why I haven't put here. I thing we should wait for an Albania-based team to be formed (and they have clubs, so I believe they will appear soon).

Now that you said about the Virgin Islands I remember, yep, they played BVI: http://vifreepress.com/2016/04/st-thoma ... a-weekend/

But not sure about Puerto Rico, Belize and Palau? Do you have any link? Sint Maarten I think we should consider just after the Netherland Antilles dissolution.

Bolivia will appear soon too, before the 2018 South American Games, I am sure. I hope it is in 2017 finally.

I forgot to list Grenada in the absent countries too. I believe they never played a rugby match with a national team.

About Timor, they have a club indeed: http://noticias.sapo.tl/portugues/info/ ... 55665.html


UPDATE:

ASIA: Vietnam, Myanmar, Iraq, North Korea, Yemen, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Bahrain*, Bhutan, East Timor, Maldives.

AFRICA: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Seychelles*, Gambia*, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique, Angola, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Liberia, Central Africa, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe.

NORTH AMERICA: Saint Kitts & Nevis, Puerto Rico, Belize, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Anguilla, Montserat, Sint Maarten

SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Suriname

EUROPE: Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Faroe Islands, Vaticano

OCEANIA: Micronesia*, Northern Marianas*, Palau, Kiribati, Marshall Islands

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby sammo » Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 16:41

With regard to East Timor, I lived out there for a little bit and don't believe that club was active.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 18:55

Nice experience! And what a pitty, let's hope rugby can thrive soon there... so close to Australia!
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ARHS » Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 21:54

Not much detail here, but I was aware that Palau has played teams from Guam - certainly in 1995. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Palau

Puerto Rico fielded a team against BVI in 2012. http://www.bviplatinum.com/news.php?art ... 81690&ref= Maybe they should be off the list.

Belize fielded a team in the 1980's against someone touring there. But, I can not find a record of whom. Perhaps a British Naval Ship

I found a possible Cuba test match - they hosted BVI in Havana in 1999, losing 3-18.

I have checked my scrawled notes from 1979 and note the following:

A Bangladesh XV played an India XV and beat them 18-8.

Malawi beat Seychelles

Liberia appears to have played Nigeria in 1981. (S Duncan played hooker and reported on the match)

Both Hawaii and the Alaskan Oosiks played in international (sevens) tournaments in the 1970's.

I hope some the forum members might be able to add to, or verify, these notes

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Coloradoan » Mon, 09 Jan 2017, 23:37

fullbackace wrote:
gibbs wrote:Pity about Armenia though, They have the ability to be another Georgia in Rugby, Very similar physical attributes as well
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: :lol: no mate.


They do relatively well in combat and strength sports in the Olympics. Medals in wrestling and weightlifting last year. So in that regard they are similar at least. It's too bad rugby hasn't caught on there at all.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Tue, 10 Jan 2017, 13:51

UPDATE:

ASIA: Vietnam, Myanmar, Iraq, North Korea, Yemen, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine, Bahrain*, Bhutan, East Timor, Maldives.

AFRICA: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Seychelles*, Gambia*, Liberia*, Ethiopia, Sudan, Mozambique, Angola, South Sudan, Somalia, Eritrea, Central Africa, Cape Verde, Comoros, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe.

NORTH AMERICA: Saint Kitts & Nevis, Belize*, Grenada, Antigua & Barbuda, Dominica, Anguilla, Montserat, Sint Maarten

SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia, Suriname

EUROPE: Albania, Macedonia, Kosovo, Faroe Islands, Vaticano

OCEANIA: Micronesia*, Northern Marianas*, Palau*, Kiribati, Marshall Islands

*Played more than 10 years ago
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 14:13

What happened to Azerbaijan?

They are still listed in the World Rugby website as a member: http://www.worldrugby.org/member-unions/4

Also, Rugb Europe's new website does not provide members list, I coudn't find anything there... just Armenia was expelled from RE and WR?
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby 4N » Thu, 09 Feb 2017, 14:37

I read that youth rugby fell into decline for the last 10 years or so in Azerbaijan and they were basically left without a new generation of players. The national team started getting older and no one was able to replace them. Last I heard they weren't planning any tests any time soon.

A new club has been formed in Baku hopes of fixing this apparently... http://qarabagrc.com/en/club/history/

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 10 Mar 2017, 16:01

Africa Rugby changed Central Africa, Egypt and Libya's colours: http://www.rugbyafrique.com/federations/

Look like they are associate members again.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Sat, 11 Mar 2017, 11:06

Tirana (Albania) played Kosovo Roosters on the 26th February. Tirana won 22-8. There is a re-match in Peja on March 26th. Neither have unions yet but are in the process of forming them. There is an initiative trying to get off the ground to start youth rugby in Kosovo.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 20:36

Kosovo Roosters defeated Tirana Rugby Club 7-5 in the return fixture played in cold, wet and windy conditions in Peja. Roosters play Sofia Barbarians Saturday (01/04/17) in Pristina.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Thomas » Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 20:50

Bolivia have a fairly strong club Rugby and to say is a country without Rugby is unfair. I have been in touch with them, the problem with National recognition is that they must have a club in every region or state in the country which unfortunately it fails on that criteria. They have been given provisional recognition and trying to get funds to get a proper setup and compete in the 2018 South American Games.

They have Argentinian Coach and recently they help the national club 7's competition.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 21:00

I originaly wanted to do a list of countries without rugby, but it is now just a list with countries without active national teams.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Osmanperalta » Mon, 27 Mar 2017, 23:22

Thomas which club do you have contact in bolivia?
Club rugby in bolivia this 2017 are growing fast and with national presence not only Santa cruz de la sierra
New clubs born in 2017:
Saurones rugby club (sucre)
Tunari rugby club (cochabamba)
Cobras rugby (la paz)
Panteras rugby club (oruro)
Tigres rugby
This is the best year in bolivian rugby history without a doubt

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby DoncasterKSrugby » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 08:59

My first post on the forum,

A old friend of mine has lived in Antigua for about 8 years and he currently plays for 1 of the 2 clubs over there. They play in a 7s competition on a nearby island every year and also host military teams on a regular basis.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Thomas » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 14:38

Osmanperalta wrote:Thomas which club do you have contact in bolivia?
Club rugby in bolivia this 2017 are growing fast and with national presence not only Santa cruz de la sierra
New clubs born in 2017:
Saurones rugby club (sucre)
Tunari rugby club (cochabamba)
Cobras rugby (la paz)
Panteras rugby club (oruro)
Tigres rugby
This is the best year in bolivian rugby history without a doubt

Hi Osman, I will contact you separately.

Glad to hear of the additional teams, lets hope Sucre gets up and running as that is a major city without a club and is a must have.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 15:08

Lets make it in another way.

North America = countries that would be probably linked to Rugby Americas North
South America = countries that would be probably linked to Sudamérica Rugby (I know Suriname is in South America or that Honduras is in Central America)



Countries that are regional unions' members but are absent from official matches (XVs or 7s, organized by the regional unions) for more than 10 years:

NORTH AMERICA: Saint Kitts & Nevis

AFRICA: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Central Africa Rep.

ASIA: Macau


Countries that are not regional unions member but have active national teams

NORTH AMERICA: Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

SOUTH AMERICA: Honduras

OCEANIA: Nauru, Tokelau


Countries that played matches more than 15 years ago and are not regional members' unions

AFRICA: Seychelles, Gambia, Liberia

ASIA: Bahrain

NORTH AMERICA: Belize

OCEANIA: Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau


Countries that never had proper national teams, but have active rugby clubs

ASIA: Vietnam, Myanmar, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine

AFRICA: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Comoros

NORTH AMERICA: Antigua & Barbuda

SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia

EUROPA: Albania, Kosovo


Countries without active organized rugby

ASIA: North Korea, Yemen, Tajikistan*, Turkmenistan*, Bhutan, East Timor*, Maldives.

AFRICA: Sudan, South Sudan*, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe.

NORTH AMERICA: Suriname, Grenada, Dominica, Anguilla, Montserat, Sint Maarten

EUROPE: Macedonia*, Faroe Islands, Vaticano

OCEANIA: Kiribati*, Marshall Islands*


*Not sure
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 15:32

I have been in touch with them, the problem with National recognition is that they must have a club in every region or state in the country which unfortunately it fails on that criteria.

Thomas which club do you have contact in bolivia?
Club rugby in bolivia this 2017 are growing fast and with national presence not only Santa cruz de la sierra
New clubs born in 2017:
Saurones rugby club (sucre)
Tunari rugby club (cochabamba)
Cobras rugby (la paz)
Panteras rugby club (oruro)
Tigres rugby
This is the best year in bolivian rugby history without a doubt

Which are the provinces without rugby now? I guess the problem is in Bolivia's north, the Amazon are, right?

I found this: http://www.mindeportes.gob.bo/upload/pd ... _pleno.pdf

It is said that in Bolivia a national sports federation must have 5 provincial federations.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Osmanperalta » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 18:48

The departamentos (province) without rugby right now are pando, beni and potosi
Rugby have presence in 6 of 9 departamentos

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 18:57

So the problem is to have provincial unions, and the the current number of clubs?
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Osmanperalta » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 22:15

Sorry for the late response victor (bolivia vs argentina football match) there is no regional union in bolivia only FBR (federacion Boliviana de rugby) and Bolivia have now 17 rugby clubs (the second bolivian club was born in 2009)

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 28 Mar 2017, 22:56

Osmanperalta wrote:Sorry for the late response victor (bolivia vs argentina football match) there is no regional union in bolivia only FBR (federacion Boliviana de rugby) and Bolivia have now 17 rugby clubs (the second bolivian club was born in 2009)

Found this https://rugbyconaltura.wordpress.com

In absence of a federation website it seems a good source for bolivian rugby news
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Thomas » Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 08:43

victorsra wrote:So the problem is to have provincial unions, and the the current number of clubs?


That't about the gist of it, the 17 clubs are spread across the entire country and as you well know the distances are incredible. Potosi is close to Sucre in relative terms (2 1/2/ hours) so I do hope a club gets established there in the near future.

Osman correct me if I am wrong but the big 3 clubs are Cochabamba, La Paz and Santa Cruz?

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Osmanperalta » Wed, 29 Mar 2017, 12:04

The 3 biggest and oldest clubs are Brangus, santa cruz RC and Jenecheru all from Santa cruz de la sierra

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 30 Mar 2017, 19:45

According to Wikipedia there is a Tajik Rugby Union... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rugby_union_in_Tajikistan

Also, http://www.totalrugby.de/content/view/5183/169/

But I coudn't find anything about Turkmenistan.

So,

Countries that are regional unions' members but are absent from official matches (XVs or 7s, organized by the regional unions) for more than 10 years:

NORTH AMERICA: Saint Kitts & Nevis

AFRICA: Sierra Leone, Guinea, Central Africa Rep.

ASIA: Macau


Countries that are not regional unions member but have active national teams

NORTH AMERICA: Cuba, Haiti, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands

SOUTH AMERICA: Honduras

OCEANIA: Nauru, Tokelau


Countries that played matches more than 15 years ago and are not regional members' unions

AFRICA: Seychelles, Gambia, Liberia

ASIA: Bahrain

NORTH AMERICA: Belize

OCEANIA: Micronesia, Northern Marianas, Palau


Countries that never had proper national teams, but have active rugby clubs

ASIA: Vietnam, Myanmar, Tajikstan, Iraq, Kuwait, Oman, Palestine

AFRICA: Ethiopia, Mozambique, Angola, Cape Verde, Comoros

NORTH AMERICA: Antigua & Barbuda

SOUTH AMERICA: Bolivia

EUROPE: Albania, Kosovo


Countries without active organized rugby

ASIA: North Korea, Yemen, Turkmenistan*, Bhutan, East Timor*, Maldives.

AFRICA: Sudan, South Sudan*, Somalia, Eritrea, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, São Tomé and Príncipe.

NORTH AMERICA: Suriname, Grenada, Dominica, Anguilla*, Montserat, Sint Maarten

EUROPE: Macedonia, Faroe Islands, Vaticano

OCEANIA: Kiribati*, Marshall Islands*


*Not sure
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