Rugby union in Azerbaijan

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Rugby union in Azerbaijan
Azerbaijani rugby player Zahid Sadmaliyev ("Zaza")
Governing bodyAzerbaijan Rugby Federation
National team(s) Azerbaijan
National competitions
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Rugby union in Azerbaijan is a growing sport. They are currently unranked in the International Rugby Board's world rankings, [1] which ranks only the top ninety-five countries. The governing body for Azerbaijan is Azerbaycan Reqbi Federasiyasl (Azerbaijan Rugby Federation).


Governing body

The Azerbaijani Rugby Federation founded in 2004 and became affiliated to the International Rugby Board in 2005. [2]


Soviet period

Rugby union was played in the Russian Empire as early as in 1908, and in 1936 the first Soviet Championship took place.

In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match. [3]

Azerbaijan had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.

Post independence

Rugby union in Azerbaijan has begun to grow in recent years, as they competed in the 2006 European Nations Cup. They played two matches; one on 29 April 2006 against Luxembourg at Baku, and one on 14 May 2006 against Bosnia and Herzegovina at Zenica. They lost to Bosnia by a score of 28-7 and also to Luxembourg by a score of 11-3. [4]

Azerbaijan competed in the 2008 ENC Cup.

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  1. Official IRB World Rankings Archived 2006-11-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. "History of Azeri Rugby". Archived from the original on 2011-07-06. Retrieved 2009-01-24.
  3. Rugby union in Russia and USSR (in Russian)
  4. "Official IRB 2006 European Nations Cup Results". Archived from the original on 2012-02-12. Retrieved 2007-10-27.