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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby RugbyLiebe » Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 08:35

victorsra wrote:Not about Union, but what a crazy story https://www.thesportsman.com/articles/h ... -world-cup


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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Thu, 06 Feb 2020, 09:11

A theory is that the Knossos palace itself was the maze. It was so unusually big (1500 rooms they say, even if in the virtual reconstruction images it doesn't seem so enormous), with all the rooms communicating and with a central place where Minos was, it could have resembled a scaring maze to the visitors not used to so complex buildings and maybe worried by the personality of the king.
Maybe I'm just morbid but the fact that the Minotaur/king Minos wanted 7 girls and 7 boys from Athens was not to eat them but to do other things, in the middle of that palace/maze. And I don't mean to form two rugby 7s teams...

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Thu, 20 Feb 2020, 20:07

Rugby Africa has in its website the pdf of its constitution. The document is from March 2019: http://www.rugbyafrique.com/wp-content/ ... h-2019.pdf

It lists Egypt as a member. So I guess the Rugby Afrique website is just incomplete.

Mozambique is not in the list because its membership was in the second semestre of 2019, IIRC.

Interestingly, Rugby Africa divides its members in two ways; North-South and Francophone-Anglophone. Mozambique is the second member of RA that is not a former French or British territory. The other one is DR Congo (former Belgium territory), that is francophone. So, Mozambique is the only one that would be outside such Francophone-Anglophone division, although it is a Commonwealth Games member, despite being a former Portuguese colony, and not British.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby ragbicoach » Wed, 04 Mar 2020, 06:38

victorsra wrote:https://www.facebook.com/RugbyFedKosovo/

It looks like Kosovo is back to Union


It has always been rugby Union in Kosovo. Albania (or more accurately the Tirana club) switched from union to league a couple of years ago. The Federation is 2 years old and is working on associate membership with Rugby Europe. In Kosovo there are now 6 active clubs and initiatives are starting with the University Sports Federation and the Department of Education in Pristina. There will be a 7s tournament June 21 -22 for both men’s and women’s teams if any of you are interested:)

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Wed, 04 Mar 2020, 19:19

Currently Albania doesn't have Union clubs?
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby ragbicoach » Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 06:13

victorsra wrote:Currently Albania doesn't have Union clubs?


Correct. They are not playing union in Albania. Rugby League is a big threat in the region as their European Federation is quite aggressive in recruiting/converting clubs and giving direct access to international competition. With Union it is a very involved process to try to join Rugby Europe/World Rugby and get on the international ladder.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 07:14

ragbicoach wrote:
victorsra wrote:Currently Albania doesn't have Union clubs?

Correct. They are not playing union in Albania. Rugby League is a big threat in the region as their European Federation is quite aggressive in recruiting/converting clubs and giving direct access to international competition. With Union it is a very involved process to try to join Rugby Europe/World Rugby and get on the international ladder.

Do you know which is the situation in Greece? It seems to me that despite several years of international blackout the rugby union maintained some vitality and that the problems are mostly at political (and perhaps economical) level

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby ragbicoach » Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 14:36

Canalina wrote:Do you know which is the situation in Greece? It seems to me that despite several years of international blackout the rugby union maintained some vitality and that the problems are mostly at political (and perhaps economical) level


I really don't know what is going on about the (re)forming of the Federation/Union and the relationship with Rugby Europe. I know there was optimism last year within the rugby community hoping to normalize relations with the Government and RE but I don't know what has happened since. I can ask and let you know. We have played against a number of Women's teams from Thessaloniki and Athens in 7s and have an on-going three-way series with a team from Thessaloniki and a team from Sofia. We have also played XVs against men's teams from Thessaloniki.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Edgar » Thu, 05 Mar 2020, 15:12

Yes, Turkey's once promising rugby set-up has also been decimated by defections to the 13-man code. In some cases this has involved entire clubs, though it seems some if not most are still moonlighting in the 15-a-side version.

The rugby union first division this year involves 8 teams split into two groups based around Istanbul and Ankara. Teams from Edirne, Eskisehir and the Black Sea port of Rize are included. With the exception of Rize, which is close to Georgia, all these are in the north-west of Turkey (Ankara a little more central).

Meanwhile, a 39-man list has been named to prepare for national duties, with a camp to be held at some stage. In addition to the above-mentioned teams, there are several players from Selcuk, an historic town in the south-west of the country. http://www.trf.gov.tr/ragbi-erkek-milli ... -aciklandi

I could find no mention of a second division on the federation's official web-site, though there is to be an U18 league this year, along with a women's 7s series (or tournament).

Still in the embryonic stage, in other words. I doubt there's any organized competition at schools level, media coverage is non-existent, and the vast majority of Turks would certainly be surprised to learn the game is played at all within their borders.

The first division will kick-off on Saturday with Edirne's Trakya hosting Istanbul's Ottoman's:

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Update March 7th:

U18 results available here: http://www.ragbi.gov.tr/2020-sezonu-u18 ... jPAfKlIhsU


Meanwhile, there is a push underway to promote the game in Borneo. Sabah is one of the semi-autonomous Malaysian states on the world's third largest island, which is otherwise Indonesian.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Sun, 08 Mar 2020, 11:16

Just to waste time I confronted the list of full members present on the WR site (https://www.world.rugby/member-unions) with the World Ranking. There are three nations missing on the list of members: Cameroon, Greece, Nigeria.
Does this mean that they are still suspended? Also Morocco risks the same punishment

Currently World Rugby seems formed by
102 full member nations
3 full but suspended member nations
18 associated member nations

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Edgar » Sun, 08 Mar 2020, 15:31

In Turkey, Edirne's Trakya have thrashed defending champions Istanbul Ottomans 61-3 in the season opener. Trakya is Turkish for Thrace, btw (the European 5% of Turkey). Meanwhile, Ankara's Middle Eastern Technical University, who dominated the league for many years, appear back to their best with a 14-52 drubbing of Eskisehir.

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Results:

TARİH EV SAHİBİ SKOR DEPLASMAN ŞEHİR HAKEMLER
07.03.20 BATI TRAKYA EDİRNE RSK GENEL 61 - 03 GENEL İSTANBUL OTTOMANS SK Hakemler
08.03.20 BATI FİRÜZKÖY SK GENEL 22 - 10 GENEL GÜLEN GÜNEŞ ÖZEL SSK Hakemler
08.03.20 DOĞU ESKİŞEHİR ANADOLU SK GENEL 14 - 52 GENEL ANKARA FETİH SK Hakemler
07.03.20 DOĞU HACETTEPE GENÇLİK SK GENEL 48 - 19 GENEL ANKARA RAGBİ SK Hakemler
http://www.ragbi.gov.tr/2020-naim-suley ... ragbi-ligi

Trakya thrash defending Champion Ottomans 61-3. Brief report in Turkish: https://ragbireferansi.site/2020/03/07/ ... 6No3CU33Mg
Middle Eastern Technical University conquer Eskisehir. Brief report in Turkish: https://ragbireferansi.site/2020/03/08/ ... 5bVRQkeIhU
Haceteppe win Ankara derby: Brief report in Turkish: http://ragbireferansi.site/2020/03/07/a ... jHQJYiXNkc

Kosovo will be hosting its first ever international 7s tournament in Pristina from June 21-22. https://www.facebook.com/Prishtina-7s-R ... tn-str=k*F

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Sun, 15 Mar 2020, 23:40

Egypt finaly in Rugby Africa's members list. Libya, Mauritania and Sudan still out. http://www.rugbyafrique.com/unions/
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Sun, 15 Mar 2020, 23:56

UPDATE OF COUNTRIES THAT AREN'T MEMBERS OF WORLD RUGBY OR THE 6 CONTINENTAL UNIONS

List of IOC-eligible countries

Former continental unions members:

EUROPE: Greece (suspended), Armenia (dissolved/suspended)

NORTH AMERICA: St. Kitts and Nevis (unclear)

AFRICA: Mauritania (suspended)

ASIA: Cambodia (suspended)

FORMER FIRA: North Korea (out in 1997)


Countries with Arab Rugby Federation membership (non-World Rugby member) https://www.yallarugby.com/arab-rugby-f ... dubai-uae/

AFRICA: Sudan, Libya

ASIA: Iraq, Palestine


Countries working with sports organizations (continental unions, NOCs, Sports Ministries...)

EUROPE: Kosovo

AFRICA: Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Comoros

ASIA: Vietnam

OCEANIA: Kiribati (Get Into Rugby)


Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least

EUROPE: Albania (2010)

NORTH AMERICA: Aruba (2019), US Virgin Islands (2016), Haiti (2015), Puerto Rico (2012?), Cuba (2010?)


Countries with rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

ASIA: Myanmar, Bhutan, Tajikstan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Timor Leste

AFRICA: Angola, Gambia, Liberia, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guiné Bissau, Equatorial Guinea

NORTH AMERICA: Antigua & Barbuda

EUROPE: North Macedonia

OCEANIA: Micronesia, Palau



Countries with at least active beach rugby

ASIA: Maldives


Countries without active rugby (no references)

ASIA: Yemen, Turkmenistan*;

AFRICA: Somalia, Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe;

NORTH AMERICA (RAN zone): Suriname*, Grenada, Dominica;

OCEANIA: Marshall Islands ;

*Not sure

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Non-IOC-eligible territories (included countries with disputed recognition)

Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least


EUROPE: Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey

OCEANIA: Tokelau


Territories recognised by the French Rugby Federation


NORTH AMERICA: Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon

AFRICA: Mayotte, Reunion


With rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

EUROPE: Northern Cyprus, Transnistria, Åland, Isle of Man, Alderney, Sark

NORTH AMERICA: Anguilla, Bonaire, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Greenland (tag/touch indoor rugby)

OCEANIA: Northern Marianas, Bougainville (independence process)


Without active rugby (no references)

EUROPE: Vatican**, Faroe Islands, Artsakh, Abkhazia*, South Ossetia*

NORTH AMERICA: Montserat, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius

AFRICA: Western Sahara, Somaliland, Saint Helena & Dependencies

OCEANIA: Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Pitcairn Islands

SOUTH AMERICA: Falkland Islands*


*Not sure about local rugby scene

**Could be IOC-member but it isn't
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby vino_93 » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 07:16

I don't know why you put Corsica in your list. It will never have a ''national" team. it's fully integrated to France metropolitan territory.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 08:30

You could put Kosovo under "Countries allegedly working with the continental unions".

See viewtopic.php?f=3&t=929&p=123414&hilit=kosovo#p123414

An other help could be to specify which of these countries have a rugby federation and which not, but I know that it's not easy to understand -via facebook or via twitter- if a minor rugby federation is an officially recognized one or just a self-nominated one

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby ragbicoach » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 10:48

Canalina wrote:You could put Kosovo under "Countries allegedly working with the continental unions".

See viewtopic.php?f=3&t=929&p=123414&hilit=kosovo#p123414

An other help could be to specify which of these countries have a rugby federation and which not, but I know that it's not easy to understand -via facebook or via twitter- if a minor rugby federation is an officially recognized one or just a self-nominated one


Kosovo Rugby Federation holds a licence from the Ministry of Sport and is a member of the National Olympic Committee.

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 12:53

vino_93 wrote:I don't know why you put Corsica in your list. It will never have a ''national" team. it's fully integrated to France metropolitan territory.

Isn't it in the same category of Reunion, Martinique, Guyanne...?

Anyway, excluded.

You could put Kosovo under "Countries allegedly working with the continental unions".


Done. And made it a different category. IMO if a federation is working with another organization, so yes, meaningful. So it is now "Countries working with sports organizations (continental unions, NOCs, Sports Ministries...".

So if people could identify if other countries can enter this expanded category I can update it again.
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 13:01

victorsra wrote:UPDATE OF COUNTRIES THAT AREN'T MEMBERS OF WORLD RUGBY OR THE 6 CONTINENTAL UNIONS

List of IOC-eligible countries

Former continental unions members:

EUROPE: Greece (suspended), Armenia (dissolved/suspended)

NORTH AMERICA: St. Kitts and Nevis (unclear)

AFRICA: Mauritania (suspended)

ASIA: Cambodia (suspended)

FORMER FIRA: North Korea (out in 1997)


Countries with Arab Rugby Federation membership (non-World Rugby member) https://www.yallarugby.com/arab-rugby-f ... dubai-uae/

AFRICA: Sudan, Libya

ASIA: Iraq, Palestine


Countries working with sports organizations (continental unions, NOCs, Sports Ministries...)

EUROPE: Kosovo

AFRICA: Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Comoros

ASIA: Vietnam

OCEANIA: Kiribati (Get Into Rugby)


Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least

EUROPE: Albania (2010)

NORTH AMERICA: Aruba (2019), US Virgin Islands (2016), Haiti (2015), Puerto Rico (2012?), Cuba (2010?)


Countries with rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

ASIA: Myanmar, Bhutan, Tajikstan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Timor Leste

AFRICA: Angola, Gambia, Liberia, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guiné Bissau

NORTH AMERICA: Antigua & Barbuda

EUROPE: North Macedonia

OCEANIA: Micronesia, Palau



Countries with at least active beach rugby

ASIA: Maldives


Countries without active rugby (no references)

ASIA: Yemen, Turkmenistan*;

AFRICA: Somalia, Eritrea, Equatorial Guinea, São Tomé and Príncipe;

NORTH AMERICA (RAN zone): Suriname*, Grenada, Dominica;

OCEANIA: Marshall Islands ;

*Not sure

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Non-IOC-eligible territories (included countries with disputed recognition)

Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least


EUROPE: Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey

OCEANIA: Tokelau


Territories recognised by the French Rugby Federation


NORTH AMERICA: Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon

AFRICA: Mayotte, Reunion


With rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

EUROPE: Northern Cyprus, Transnistria, Åland, Isle of Man, Alderney, Sark

NORTH AMERICA: Anguilla, Bonaire, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Greenland (tag/touch indoor rugby)

OCEANIA: Northern Marianas, Bougainville (independence process)


Without active rugby (no references)

EUROPE: Vatican**, Faroe Islands, Artsakh, Abkhazia*, South Ossetia*

NORTH AMERICA: Montserat, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius

AFRICA: Western Sahara, Somaliland, Saint Helena & Dependencies

OCEANIA: Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Pitcairn Islands

SOUTH AMERICA: Falkland Islands*


*Not sure about local rugby scene

**Could be IOC-member but it isn't


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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby vino_93 » Mon, 16 Mar 2020, 21:59

victorsra wrote:
vino_93 wrote:I don't know why you put Corsica in your list. It will never have a ''national" team. it's fully integrated to France metropolitan territory.

Isn't it in the same category of Reunion, Martinique, Guyanne...?

Anyway, excluded.


Yes and no.
Yes for the collectivity. But this doesn't impact sport in fact. It's only a legal status, with a merger between region and department. For example Alsace could have it.

These islands play regional sport by themselves because they are far away from metropolitan France (they have an "oversee" status). But they can play only regional sport, not international. This has been done to offer more opportunities for locally based players.
Corsican clubs are them fully integrated to France leagues - they mostly play football, at Ajaccio & Bastia. You will never see them playing in any sport for themselves, except maybe in a Conifa competition :D

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 06:31

Equatorial Guinea: there's a youth academy, just founded by a spanish young man.
This article is from five months ago https://www.laregion.es/articulo/deport ... 03371.html

https://www.instagram.com/academia_rugby_malabo/

The bureaucracy deserves a separate chapter. "They ask you for papers of all kinds and most of them absurd and useless with the sole objective that you get tired and focused so that we end up bribing some official. We are not going to go through there and we are clear that we will carry it out without paying any bribe to anyone"

Malabo is the capitol city of Equatorial Guinea. The mascot of the academy seems a pangolin.
Equatorial Guinea (I read now on wikipedia) has strong ties with spain; they were a Spanish colony and spanish is still an official language of the nation

Let's hope. Not rarely these projects keeps existing just as far as there's a "western man" holding it. When he returns home, the project falls down. In Cape Verde a young american woman build up three or four 7s men's teams, few years ago, but we have had no more news from there in these last years and my guess is that she returned home and that rugby went immediately disbanded over there

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 13:04

victorsra wrote:UPDATE OF COUNTRIES THAT AREN'T MEMBERS OF WORLD RUGBY OR THE 6 CONTINENTAL UNIONS

List of IOC-eligible countries

Former continental unions members:

EUROPE: Greece (suspended), Armenia (dissolved/suspended)

NORTH AMERICA: St. Kitts and Nevis (unclear)

AFRICA: Mauritania (suspended)

ASIA: Cambodia (suspended)

FORMER FIRA: North Korea (out in 1997)


Countries with Arab Rugby Federation membership (non-World Rugby member) https://www.yallarugby.com/arab-rugby-f ... dubai-uae/

AFRICA: Sudan, Libya

ASIA: Iraq, Palestine


Countries working with sports organizations (continental unions, NOCs, Sports Ministries...)

EUROPE: Kosovo

AFRICA: Cape Verde, Ethiopia, Comoros

ASIA: Vietnam

OCEANIA: Kiribati (Get Into Rugby)


Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least

EUROPE: Albania (2010)

NORTH AMERICA: Aruba (2019), US Virgin Islands (2016), Haiti (2015), Puerto Rico (2012?), Cuba (2010?)


Countries with rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

ASIA: Myanmar, Bhutan, Tajikstan, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Timor Leste

AFRICA: Angola, Gambia, Liberia, South Sudan, Djibouti, Guiné Bissau, Equatorial Guinea

NORTH AMERICA: Antigua & Barbuda

EUROPE: North Macedonia

OCEANIA: Micronesia, Palau



Countries with at least active beach rugby

ASIA: Maldives


Countries without active rugby (no references)

ASIA: Yemen, Turkmenistan*;

AFRICA: Somalia, Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe;

NORTH AMERICA (RAN zone): Suriname*, Grenada, Dominica;

OCEANIA: Marshall Islands ;

*Not sure

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Non-IOC-eligible territories (included countries with disputed recognition)

Countries with active national teams in the past 10 years - 7s at least


EUROPE: Gibraltar, Jersey, Guernsey

OCEANIA: Tokelau


Territories recognised by the French Rugby Federation


NORTH AMERICA: Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon

AFRICA: Mayotte, Reunion


With rugby clubs but no national team in the past 10 years

EUROPE: Northern Cyprus, Transnistria, Åland, Isle of Man, Alderney, Sark

NORTH AMERICA: Anguilla, Bonaire, Saint Martin, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Pierre & Miquelon, Greenland (tag/touch indoor rugby)

OCEANIA: Northern Marianas, Bougainville (independence process)


Without active rugby (no references)

EUROPE: Vatican**, Faroe Islands, Artsakh, Abkhazia*, South Ossetia*

NORTH AMERICA: Montserat, Sint Maarten, Saba, Sint Eustatius

AFRICA: Western Sahara, Somaliland, Saint Helena & Dependencies

OCEANIA: Norfolk Island, Christmas Island, Cocos Islands, Pitcairn Islands

SOUTH AMERICA: Falkland Islands*


*Not sure about local rugby scene

**Could be IOC-member but it isn't

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby victorsra » Wed, 18 Mar 2020, 13:05

Rugby in Cape Verde is alive. News from November 2019: https://m.facebook.com/CapeVerdeRugbyUnion/
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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Canalina » Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 08:33

Countries without active rugby (no references)
ASIA: Yemen, Turkmenistan*;
AFRICA: Somalia, Eritrea, São Tomé and Príncipe;
NORTH AMERICA (RAN zone): Suriname*, Grenada, Dominica;
OCEANIA: Marshall Islands ;

Having free time I tried to find some trace of rugby in these countries, but without success. I didn't even start to search about Yemen and Somalia, being those two countries, if I'm not wrong, still into a civil war. I searched into the newspapers of Turkmenistan, Suriname, Grenada and Dominica (fortunately almost all of them have a search engine) without finding any local news.
About Marshall Islands, there were a pair of results already spotted in the forum four years ago (viewtopic.php?f=3&t=929#p42949), but just regarding high school boys. To note that the second article is from the U.S. city of Spokane, near Washington; it says that the local college "introduced" the Marshall Islands boys to rugby, but the first link shows that rugby was already practiced in home soil by the local youth. The Spokane article says also that the Marshall boys "came in droves to play rugby", this could mean that rugby is part of their sport culture and that they preferred rugby to other sports purposed by that U.S. school

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Re: Last countries without rugby

Unread postby Edgar » Thu, 19 Mar 2020, 08:43

Seems like there has been a bit of action in Syrian rugby, although they're obviously not big on posting results. A few pics below from their Facebook page. They have close relations with their counterparts in Lebanon, Palestine and Egypt and all are aiming for the Arab 7s championships later this year, apparently.

Syrian Rugby Championship Match
AIU ALPHAS VS IUST PALMERIANS
Kick Off: 14:00
Venue: AlFaihaa Artificial Field
Result unknown :?:

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Female ref :thumbup:

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Not sure if these are the fans or members of an actual women's team playing on the same date ;)

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But there is an active woman's program 8-)

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