Rugby union in Algeria

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Rugby union in Algeria
CountryAlgeria
Governing body Algerian Rugby Federation
National team(s) Algeria
Clubs6
National competitions

Rugby union in Algeria is a minor but growing sport. After many years of work, in 2015, Algeria finally created a federation enabling them to apply for member status of Rugby Africa (the administrative body for rugby union within Africa).

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History

Rugby union was introduced into Algeria by the French. Some Pied-Noirs (ethnic European Algerians) would go on to become significant rugby players, such as Maurice Boyau.

As with many minor rugby nations, rugby is centered on the capital, Algiers.

Like many North African countries, the historical connection with France is a mixed blessing. For a number of years, Algerian rugby players would leave to play there, which deprived Algerian rugby of any real competition. [1] [2] There are at least sixty Algerians playing in English and French rugby. [2] Like many other Maghrebi nations, Algerian rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa.

However, one exception might be Boumedienne Allam: Allam first played for France U-21 squad, winning the Six Nations Tournament of that category, in 2000. He was a member of the historical first game of Algeria national rugby union team, on 24 February 2007.

Clubs

Algeria has six rugby union clubs to date, and there are plans to set up a proper national club competition. [2] [3] They are currently trying to promote the game in universities and schools. [2]

National team

The national rugby union team played its first unofficial game on 24 February 2007 under its first coach Morad Kellal. Almost all players play at French clubs, however there are some national players who practice the sport in Australia, New Zealand, Romania and England.

On 18 December 2015, the national team played its first official game since the creation of the Algerian rugby federation (FAR) against the Tunisian rugby union team, to which they won 16 - 6. This was also the first international match played on Algerian soil (Oran), which was televised on the Algerian channel Canal Algerie in the country for the first time.

Ahmed Zabana Stadium which is situated in Oran is the official venue of Algeria national team.

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Algerian Rugby Federation

The Algerian Rugby Federation (FAR) is the governing body for rugby union in Algeria. Algeria became a full member of Rugby Africa in December 2016. The federation is responsible for the Algerian national team and the Algerian Rugby Championship. It is in charge of promoting the sport in Algeria, organizes international matches for the national team, and is involved in educating and training players and officials. Algeria has never participated in the Rugby World Cup qualifiers. Their best result to date was a 50-0 win against Egypt and Libya, both in a Cairo international tournament in 2010.

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References

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  2. 1 2 3 4 http://www.magharebia.com/cocoon/awi/xhtml1/en_GB/features/awi/features/2008/06/30/feature-03 Retrieved 5 July 2009
  3. http://www.latribune-online.com/sports/592.html