Rugby union in Benin

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Rugby union in Benin is a minor but growing sport.

Governing body

The governing body is affiliated to the Confederation of African Rugby, but not to the International Rugby Board.

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History

Rugby union was introduced into Benin by the French, who ruled the country for a number of years as "Dahomey".

Rugby is centred on the national capitals, and main cities, Cotonou and Porto-Novo, both of which are on the south coast. Benin is a slender country, and its poverty and lack of infrastructure make it difficult to maintain a proper national league structure. Benin is one of the poorest countries in the world.

Cotonou Place in Littoral Department, Benin

Cotonou, is the largest city and economic centre of Benin.

Porto-Novo City and commune in Ouémé, Benin

Porto-Novo is the capital of Benin, and was the capital of French Dahomey. The commune covers an area of 110 square kilometres (42 sq mi) and as of 2002 had a population of 223,552 people.

Like many African countries, the historical connection with France is a mixed blessing. For a number of years, Beninois rugby players would leave to play there, which deprived rugby in Benin of any real competition.

The Benin national rugby union team has not competed since 2005, when they appeared in the north section of the CAR Castel Beer Trophy, after being defeated by Togo and Mali and drawing with Niger.

The Benin national rugby union team represents Benin in international rugby union. Benin is not a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup tournament.

The Togo national rugby union team represents Togo in international rugby union. Togo are a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup tournament. Togo played their first international in 2001, losing to Nigeria. They won their first match in 2003, defeating Mauritania.

The Mali national rugby union team represents Mali in international rugby union. Mali are a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), and have yet to play in a Rugby World Cup. The Mali national rugby team played their first ever international against Benin in 2003, winning the match. They also defeated Senegal that season. In 2005, Mali made history, by winning their first ever northern section crown of the CAR Castel Beer Trophy. The popularity of the sport of rugby in Mali is on the rise.

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