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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 05:50

Guatemala played last weekend against El Salvador a anual trophy: http://www.americasrugbynews.com/2018/0 ... -salvador/
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby therugbycoach » Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 15:07

Thats good then and El Salvador must have improved as they got seriously stuffed this time last year

The Nicaraguan part is right though... there is still riot, and all main arteries in and out of Nicaragua are blocked. i dont believe any training is being done due to the dangers of traveling around Managua at night !
they also have issues that have caused SA Rugby to basically block them from all competitions and some other rugby events.. mainly due to the organisation/ committees disputes who is president , finacial mismanagement and much of the usual corruption issues

They dont even have a 15s team as such yet SA rugby allowed them to take part last year without having to scrum..i.e uncontested and have not done any 15s from that day to this

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 28 Jun 2018, 15:36

The Nicaraguan part is right though... there is still riot, and all main arteries in and out of Nicaragua are blocked.


Well, AFAIK the South American 3rd division starts only in August. So there is time to see the roads situation getting better.

mainly due to the organisation/ committees disputes who is president , finacial mismanagement and much of the usual corruption issues


I heard the same too. This really can make Nicaragua out of the tournament.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Fri, 24 Aug 2018, 13:05

In the Balkans ..

Kosovo is still in the process of forming a Union and should have this process completed in the next month. It has a couple of "active" men's teams, there is a fast growing women's group that sent two teams to a beach rugby tournament in Bulgaria this summer and are concentrating on 7s. There is also about 30-40 kids in a Saturday group in Pristina and this will grow following the (hope to be soon) introduction of WR "Get into Rugby" programme with schools.

Albania decided to switch to League last year.

There are two clubs starting to train in Macedonia, one in Skopje and the other in Probistip.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 24 Aug 2018, 14:58

but all Albanian clubs switched?
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Blurandski » Fri, 24 Aug 2018, 17:36

victorsra wrote:but all Albanian clubs switched?


There was only one, they switched because the RE guy said that they needed more clubs to become a member, so RLE took them in because they're desperate.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Fri, 24 Aug 2018, 19:20

But countries like Monaco, San Marino and Liechtenstein are RE members with just 1 club....
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby dwpeate » Fri, 24 Aug 2018, 19:41

Monaco is also 102nd in the World Rankings

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby FLIDTA RISXVA » Sat, 25 Aug 2018, 09:29

This proves how stupid RE guys are --
they alienate new-comers and lose them to rival code

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Sat, 25 Aug 2018, 10:38

Two news from countries which have still to debut

Belize "first national team" 7s is going to play (this weekend, I think) against Guatemala. This is the line-up
https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5BF9DCB4

In Mozambique today there's the last round of the Maputo winter championship. I suppose 7s. Anyway, it seems there's regular activity over there
https://scontent-mxp1-1.xx.fbcdn.net/v/ ... e=5C04FB8D

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Sun, 26 Aug 2018, 12:01

FLIDTA RISXVA wrote:This proves how stupid RE guys are --
they alienate new-comers and lose them to rival code
To deal with world rugby/rugby Europe you need a national union/federation. To create one of those is different from place to place. In Kosovo for any sport it is 5 clubs in 3 different locations. Once you have a union officially recognised by ministry of sport and/or national Olympic committee you can then try to start the WR/RE joining process. League will deal with anyone.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Sun, 26 Aug 2018, 15:07

So the problem is not RE, it is Albanian sports ministry?

RE follows WR that follows IOC. That was the reason why Bolivia wasn't a Sudamerica Rugby member: it was Bolivian Sports Ministry problem, not Sudamérica Rugby.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Mon, 03 Sep 2018, 06:33

ragbicoach wrote: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.

According to this article https://telegrafi.com/ragbi-kosova-triu ... rise-foto/
they were the national teams of Kosovo and Albania, but I suppose that the definition by Ragbicoach is more precise.
They battled for the Skanderbeg Cup

Rugby, Kosovo triumphs against Albania

03/27/2017

Despite the fact that there are no other sports sizes, rugby sports is developing more and more in Kosovo and in the countries of the region.

On Sunday, March 26, the third match of the Rugby Cup match was held between the national team of Albania and Kosovo.
Sunday was faced for the third time with the national team of Kosovo and Albania, and the Skanderbeg Cup was won by the guest team.
The match ended with a 7-5 score for the Kosovo team, but was the Albanian team who had won the previous two matches.

Although relatively new sport in Kosovo and Albania, Rugby has managed to gather young sports enthusiasts from Pristina, Peja and Istogu to form a national in this sport.
Established in Kosovo in March 2013 by Kosovar Rugby national team captain Denis Dautaj and two foreign nationals working at that time in Kosovo, the rules of the game Kosovar ragbists learned very quickly and since then their goal has were about to gather as many ragbists as possible.
Dautaj, who is also the founder of "Kosovo Roosters Rugby Club", told about the difficulties encountered by Kosovar ragbists.
"Rugby can be a fairly popular sport in Kosovo, but I can say that I am satisfied with the achievements so far, since we have established three Rugby Teams throughout Kosovo and we expect them to increase their number," he said for telegraphs, adding that sports infrastructure and funding remain the main challenge of this sport.
Kosovo's national so far has developed many internationally-friendly international teams with teams from Belgium, Greece, Montenegro and Albania, and next Saturday Kosovo's national team is expected to hold matches with Bulgaria's Balkan Barbarians team and later one more team from Hungary.
Despite the fact that Kosovo and Albania teams were established in the same year, their neighbors are more satisfied with their current achievements in the development of this sport, as they have already been built demanding sports grounds.
Albanian national captain Ditmar Halla shows that this sport in Albania has begun to take on ever larger proportions, further pointing out that club funding remains a challenge to be faced.
"In Tirana we have four years to develop this sport and we have the pretenses to develop it in other cities of Albania," he said, pointing out that until now the Albanian national of ragbi counts forty ragbists.
Aha has expressed a lot of satisfaction with the development of today's game, and according to him the result is just a number, because what matters is the pleasure of being part of the game and as he points out despite the result, in rugby both teams I celebrate victory each time.
The host of this match, the captain of the Peja Eagles Rugby Club team, Dardan Gashi expressed gratitude to the Municipality of Peja for financing the match today.
"The club is keeping the great will of athletes who are mostly students," he said, adding further that the club is looking for potential donors. Gashi further encouraged the young people of Kosovo to join the sport, which he said is quite attractive.
He also called on young people in cities that still do not have a rugby team to form one and join the national team in the next game.
"Rugby is not exclusively exclusively for men, I think it would be good to establish a rugby team even by women who like this sport," he said, pointing out that they have made some efforts in this direction
A real challenge, according to him, remains the financing, which, as he says, despite the fact that he does not require a big budget like other sports, has constant spending and that all that up to now is covered by his own sportsmen.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Tue, 04 Sep 2018, 05:09

First 7s tournament on Rodrigues island, which is dependent by Mauritius but apparently few bounded to it due to the big distance between the two islands (560 km)

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 13:38

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 18:55

Good find! And good luck to them

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby qwerty » Thu, 06 Sep 2018, 19:06

They have a good geographic location with good neighbors to grow rugby there.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 09:15

On 12th September 2018 at the offices of the National Olympic Committee and under the auspices of the President of the NOC, the Kosovo Rugby Federation was officially formed. The founding clubs are The Bears RFC, Pristina; Balkan Lynx RFC, Pristina; Roosters RC, Pristina, Eagles RFC, Peja; and Trepca RC, Trepca.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby sammo » Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 12:14

ragbicoach wrote:On 12th September 2018 at the offices of the National Olympic Committee and under the auspices of the President of the NOC, the Kosovo Rugby Federation was officially formed. The founding clubs are The Bears RFC, Pristina; Balkan Lynx RFC, Pristina; Roosters RC, Pristina, Eagles RFC, Peja; and Trepca RC, Trepca.


Fantastic news, will we see a national team soon?

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 13:13

sammo wrote:Fantastic news, will we see a national team soon?


There is enough of a player pool to field a men's XV and women's 7s representative side from local players. The quality won't be great but it is a starting point. Games = interest = increased player numbers

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby sammo » Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 15:00

ragbicoach wrote:
sammo wrote:Fantastic news, will we see a national team soon?


There is enough of a player pool to field a men's XV and women's 7s representative side from local players. The quality won't be great but it is a starting point. Games = interest = increased player numbers


I hope to see you in the REC Development Pool soon

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Thu, 13 Sep 2018, 15:16

Great news!

Can this also help driving Albania to the same path?
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby ragbicoach » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 11:32

victorsra wrote:Great news!

Can this also help driving Albania to the same path?


I think more likely Macedonia next. With small player pools and "administrators" or drivers you need to concentrate all efforts in one code. with the current situation in Albania it would take a lot of work there to develop the interest and the clubs to a stage where they could realistically form a national union/federation.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby Canalina » Sun, 16 Sep 2018, 20:36

I hope these southern Balkans nations can cooperate each with the others, like I think they're at least a bit already doing. They're large more or less like italian regions so the geographical distances shouldn't be a big obstacle. Tirana, Podgorica, Pristina and Skopje (capitol cities of Albania, Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia) form on the map a square with sides of 250 km

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PS: the only european nations without a federation are now Macedonia, Albania, Armenia and maybe Greece?

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Postby victorsra » Mon, 17 Sep 2018, 16:30

I believe Greece is only suspended. Their World Rugby and Rugby Europe memberships wasn't excluded AFAIK.
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