|Rugby union in Belarus|
|Single match||? (?). ? vs ? (?, ?)|
Rugby union in Belarus is a minor sport. They are currently affiliated to FIRA-AER.
The governing body are affiliated to FIRA-AER.
Rugby union was played in the Russian Empire as early as in 1908. In 1934 the Moscow Championship was started.
In October, 1935, it is recorded that the Russian capital Moscow played the Belarusian capital Minsk, and won 6-0.
The first Soviet Championship took place in 1936, and Minsk team took part in it. There were another in 1938 and 1939,but Belarus teams didn't participate. In 1937, there was an unofficial All-Union competition in which two Moscow based teams played ones from Minsk and Gorky.
In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.
Belarus had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.
Since the breakup of the USSR, Belarusian rugby has declined greatly. However, there is at least one club active, RC Vepry Minsk. The national team is seeing a resurgence, and played its first game in recent years on 4 October 2014 against Estonia, which resulted in a 58-12 defeat; a promising result against a well-established team. Leonid Zelenkevich, playing in the second row, brought some much needed experience to the team, having spent the last nine years playing for various clubs in England. It is reported that the national team has some fixtures in 2015, in which they hope to cement their reputation as up-and-coming contenders in the Eastern European circuit.
Minsk is the capital and largest city of Belarus, located on the Svislač and the Nyamiha Rivers. As the capital, Minsk has a special administrative status in Belarus and is the administrative centre of Minsk Region (voblasć) and Minsk District (rajon). The population in January 2018 was 1,982,444, making Minsk the 11th most populous city in Europe. Minsk is the administrative capital of the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) and seat of its Executive Secretary.
FC Dinamo Minsk is a professional football club based in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk.
Eduard Vassilievich Malofeyev is a Soviet and Belarusian football coach and former international player of Russian origin.
The Russia national rugby union team represents Russia in men's international rugby union international competitions, nicknamed the Bears, is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia (RUR). The RUR is considered the official successor union of the Soviet Union by World Rugby and the combined CIS team which played in the early 1990s. Since 1992, the team has played as Russia. Its first test match as Russia was against the Barbarians in Moscow in June 1992 and the country's first test against an official Test nation was against Belgium later that same year.
Rugby union in Russia is a moderately popular sport. Russia is ranked 20th worldwide by the World Rugby, having over three hundred clubs and close to 22,000 players nationally. Russia has a professional domestic competition.
Sergei Yevgenyevich Aleinikov is a Belarusian former professional footballer, and currently a coach. He primarily played as a defensive midfielder and was known for his stamina, intelligence, tactical ability and passing ability. He also played in defence as a sweeper.
Rugby union in Armenia is a growing sport. The national team is currently unranked in the world rankings, which records only the top ninety-six countries. The governing body for Armenia is the Rugby Federation of Armenia.
The USSR national rugby union team was a sporting side that represented the Soviet Union in rugby union until the early 1990s.
Rugby union in Azerbaijan is a growing sport. They are currently unranked in the International Rugby Board's world rankings, which ranks only the top ninety-five countries. The governing body for Azerbaijan is Azerbaycan Reqbi Federasiyasl.
RC Aia Kutasi is a Georgian rugby union team. The name of the club stems from ancient name of the town and is no way an acronym, as wrongly thought throughout non-Georgian media. Aia Kutasi was one of the best teams of the Soviet Union, holding three national titles, in 1987, 1988 and 1989. Since the dissolution of the Soviet Union, Aia Kutaisi has been one of the best teams of Georgia; they held 10 national titles, both as a Soviet republic and as an independent country.
Rugby union in Uzbekistan is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in Estonia is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in Liechtenstein is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in the Soviet Union was a moderately popular sport. It was most popular in the Georgian SSR; parts of the Russian SFSR such as Moscow and certain regions in Siberia like Krasnoyarsk; and Alma-Ata, the capital of the Kazakh SSR. Rugby enjoyed a more limited popularity in the Ukrainian SSR, Minsk in the Byelorussian SSR and parts of the RSFSR such as Leningrad and areas in Southern Russia, including Krasnodar. Rugby gained a significant following due to the vast size of the Soviet Union, but was never a major sport; despite many attempts to develop the sport, which Soviet citizens came to nickname the "leather melon" due to the shape of the ball. Still, an early championship in 1960 gives an idea of the sheer scale of Soviet rugby: one hundred teams from over thirty cities took part.
Rugby union in Turkmenistan is a minor but growing sport.
Boris Petrovich Gavrilov was a Soviet rugby union player, who played for the national team. He was a Soviet Master of Sport.
Irakli I. Kiziriia/Kiziriya was a Georgian /Soviet rugby union player, who played for the national team. He was a Soviet Master of Sport.
Alexander G. Grigoryants was an Armenian-Soviet rugby union player, who played for the national team. He was a Soviet Master of Sport.
The Rugby Federation of Armenia is the governing body for rugby union in Armenia.
Rugby Europe is the administrative body for rugby union in Europe. It was formed in 1999 to promote, develop, organise and administer the game of rugby in Europe under the authority of World Rugby.