Rugby union in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Rugby union in Bosnia and Herzegovina

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Country Bosnia and Herzegovina
National team Bosnia and Herzegovina
First played 1950s
Registered players 869
Clubs 9
National competitions

Rugby union in Bosnia and Herzegovina is a minor sport. They are currently ranked sixty-eight in the International Rugby Board's world rankings, [1] despite the lack of recognition as an official sport by the government. [2]

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Bosnia and Herzegovina republic in Southeast Europe

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History

Yugoslav period

Rugby union was a moderately popular sport in Yugoslavia (a name which Serbia retained long after the disintegration of that state). The Rugby Championship of Yugoslavia ran from 1957-1991.

Yugoslavia 1918–1992 country in Southeastern and Central Europe

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The Rugby Championship of Yugoslavia was the highest level of rugby union competition in the federation of Yugoslavia. The league lasted until 1991, when several successor leagues were formed.

Post independence

Rugby union in Bosnia and Herzegovina has not been popular historically, but due to its recent international successes, it is gaining more recognition. As of December 2008, more than half of the eight hundred registered players were pre-teens or teenagers. [3] In addition, there are currently eleven domestic clubs that compete against each other on various levels.

In the early 1990s, former Italian cap, Dr Giancarlo Tizanini was a major driving force in Austrian rugby. Before his death in 1994, he tried hard to establish a Central European equivalent of the Six Nations between Austria, Hungary, Croatia, Slovenia and Bosnia. [4]

Rugby union in Austria is a minor but growing sport. The national team is currently ranked 79th in the International Rugby Board's world rankings, which ranks only the top ninety-five countries.

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National team

The national team has been competing since the early 1990s.

Bosnia and Herzegovina national rugby union team

The Bosnia and Herzegovina national rugby union team has yet to make its debut at the Rugby World Cup. Bosnia and Herzegovina have been playing international rugby since the early 1990s.

See also

The Bosnia and Herzegovina women's national rugby union team are a national sporting side of Bosnia and Herzegovina, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 2005.

Rugby union in Yugoslavia

Rugby union in Yugoslavia was a moderately popular sport. It was most popular in the Croatian SR, and to a lesser extent in the Serbian and Slovenian SRs, with some presence in the Bosnian SR as well.

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Rugby union in Azerbaijan

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Rugby union in Belgium

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.

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.

Rugby union in Madagascar is a popular team sport. As of September 2018, Madagascar is ranked 50th worldwide by World Rugby (WR), and boasts over 22,540 registered players and more than 410 rugby clubs. Although Madagascar lacks a professional competition as it is one of the poorest countries in the world, it does possess a national club competition that is extensively covered in the national print media, as well as having matches televised. Rugby is considered the national sport of Madagascar.

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Rugby union in Serbia

Rugby union in Serbia is a minor but growing sport. The game was first played in Belgrade after the first World War and was revived again in the 1950s. Serbia currently has 12 rugby clubs and around 2,000 players.

Rugby union in Slovenia is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 43rd by the IRB.

References

  1. Official IRB World Rankings Archived 2011-08-10 at the Wayback Machine .
  2. Rugby Club Sarajevo website
  3. Official IRB Bosnia and Herzegovina profile Archived 2011-09-30 at the Wayback Machine .
  4. Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN   1-86200-013-1) p63