|Rugby union in Belgium|
|Governing body||Belgian Rugby Federation|
Rugby union in Belgium is a growing sport. The national governing body for rugby union in Belgium is the Belgian Rugby Federation. The national team plays in the European Nations Cup, and as of October 2014, they were ranked thirtieth in the World Rugby Rankings.
The national governing body for rugby union in Belgium is the Belgian Rugby Federation (FBRB - Fédération Belge de Rugby in French and Belgische Rugby Bond in Dutch) which is headquartered in Brussels. The Belgian Rugby Federation was formed in 1931, and joined the IRFB in 1988.
Rugby union is governed by two regional bodies that answer to FBRB, the national governing body. Most of the clubs in the northern region of Belgium are governed by the Vlaamse Rugby Bond (VRB). The remaining clubs are governed by the Ligue Belge Francophone de Rugby (LBFR).
Rugby union in Belgium is also structured into four districts for competition purposes. These districts are; Brabant, Hainaut, Liège/Namur/Luxembourg, and Flanders.
Within these districts, there are also several leagues and divisions that are structured based on the skill level of the clubs.
For a long time, Belgian rugby's most high-profile personality was the former international referee, Teddy Lacroix, who became president of the union.
Rugby union in Belgium has not been popular historically, but due to its recent international successes, it is a quickly growing sport. As of the December 2007, more than half of the nearly seven thousand registered players are pre-teens or teenagers.In addition, there are currently forty-eight domestic clubs that compete against each other on various levels.
Notable Belgian rugby players include:
The national team, nicknamed the Black Devils (Zwarte Duivels), has been competing in international tests since 1932.
The national team competed in competition in the Second Division at the 2010-2012 European Nations Cup winning the division and securing promotion to Division 1A for the next season.
|Date||City||Opponent||Results¹||Attendance||Type of game|
|12 February 2011||Brussels||Moldova||20-5||???||European Nations Cup|
|12 March 2011||Gdynia, Poland||Poland||21-28||???||European Nations Cup|
|19 March 2011||Brussels||Germany||28-25||???||European Nations Cup|
|23 April 2011||Amsterdam||Netherlands||30-18||???||European Nations Cup|
|5 November 2011||Brussels||Czech Republic||55-0||???||European Nations Cup|
|25 February 2012||Brussels||Netherlands||58-3||???||European Nations Cup|
|10 March 2012||Chisinau||Moldova||17-16||???||European Nations Cup|
|17 March 2012||Heusenstamm||Germany||30-29||???||European Nations Cup|
|7 April 2012||Brussels||Poland||20-13||???||European Nations Cup|
¹ Results from Belgian view
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rugby union in Belgium .|
The Belgian Rugby Federation is the governing body for rugby union in Belgium.
Rugby Africa, is the administrative body for rugby union within the continent of Africa under the authority of World Rugby, which is the world governing body of rugby union.
Sport in Belgium plays a prominent role in the society. As of 2010, Belgium counted around 17,000 sport clubs with approximately 1.35 million members, or about 13% of the Belgian population. Popular sports in Belgium are, among others: football, cycling, tennis, table tennis, athletics, swimming, basketball, badminton, judo, hockey, rowing, motocross, auto racing, volleyball and running. Belgium has organized the 1920 Olympic Games in Antwerp as well as the 1972 UEFA European Championship and the 2000 UEFA European Championship along with the Netherlands. The Belgium national football team's best result was a 3rd place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup and a second place of the 1980 UEFA European Championship. Belgian football clubs have won 3 times the UEFA Cup Winners Cup and twice the UEFA Cup, plus 3 times the UEFA Supercup.
The Arabian Gulf rugby union team was a combined team of players that represented the countries of the Gulf Cooperation Council in international rugby union competitions. The team competed in international matches between 1993 and 2010, and was governed by the Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union (AGRFU). Associate members were Egypt, Lebanon and Jordan.
Rugby union in Vanuatu, formerly known as the New Hebrides is a popular sport. Vanuatu is a tier three rugby union playing nation. They began playing international rugby union in 1966 and have yet to make the Rugby World Cup.
The Laos national rugby union team represents Laos in international rugby union. The team's first international match was against Malaysia in 1974, losing 34 points to 10. After this the Laotian team did not field an international side again until 2006. With the recent reorganisation of the Asian rugby union competition structure they are set to play more often in the future. The Lao Rugby Federation is the governing body. Laos has been an associate member of World Rugby since November 2004.
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.
Rugby union in Barbados is a minor, but relatively successful sport. There are fewer than 1700 registered rugby union players in Barbados and only five official IRB sanctioned teams. The governing body for rugby union in Barbados is the Barbados Rugby Football Union, and their headquarters is located in Wildey, St. Michael.
The Belgian National Badminton League, also known as Victor League, is the top interclub competition in Belgian badminton. There are 2 national divisions organized by the Belgian Badminton Federation. All other divisions are organized per region. The competition format was restyled during the season 2007–2008.
Rugby union in the Netherlands is a minor but growing sport. The sport is governed by the Nederlandse Rugby Bond, which organizes the Netherlands national rugby union team.
Rugby union in Cambodia is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in Wallis and Futuna is a popular sport within the French overseas territory.
Sport in Paraguay is an important part of national culture. Association football is the most popular sport, while basketball is also very popular. Other sports such as volleyball, futsal, swimming and tennis are popular as well. Other Paraguayan sports and pastimes are rugby union, chess, motorsport, golf and rowing.
The Uzbekistan Rugby Federation is the governing body for rugby union in Uzbekistan. The Rugby Federation of Uzbekistan was established in 2002, becoming a full member of ARFU and full member of World Rugby.
The Réunion Rugby Committee is a committee under the umbrella of the French Rugby Federation which is the governing body for rugby union within Réunion.
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.
The Royal Belgian Tennis Federation is an organisation set up in 1902 that formally takes charge of tennis in Belgium. From 1979 on, most tasks are executed by the tennis branches of the Flemish and Francophone Communities. The Belgian Federation is one of the 15 inaugural members of the International Tennis Federation. Its headquarters are located in the Brussels Capital Region, in the municipality of Ixelles.
The Royal Belgian Hockey Association is the governing body for the game of (field) hockey in Belgium. It was formed in 1907 and as of 2014 it is presided by Marc Coudron.
The Royal Belgian Athletics League is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Belgium.
The Royal Belgian Swimming Federation is the umbrella swimming association in Belgium and is responsible for all types of swimming: swimming in lanes, water polo, synchronised swimming, diving and open water swimming. The federation has its registered office in Brussels. Michel Louwagie is the current president since 1998. The RBSF is affiliated with the Belgian Olympic Committee, the Ligue Européenne de Natation and the Federation Internationale de Natation. The Board of Directors and the General Assembly of the RBSF consist of representatives of the Flemish and Francophone swimming federations. The Belgian Swimming Federation is formally authorized to represent the Belgian swimming world and to deliver athletes and teams to international tournaments. The informal power and sport policy lie in fact with the regional swimming federations, which have the financial resources.