Rugby union in Malawi, and its predecessor state, Nyasaland, is a minor sport, albeit one with a long history.
Rugby in Malawi has frequently been haphazard, for example, Blantyre RFC once undertook a tour to Mauritius. Writing back to approve the tour, the Mauritian secretary added, "Please bring your own ball. We have lost ours."
Although the Nyasaland Union (as it was then) was founded in 1922. Malawi has not joined the IRB.Rugby has recently been reintroduced to Malawi with the game widely played in the South and the Center. The Rugby Football Union of Malawi has set up structures that have helped in getting Malawi back into the international fold with Rugby Africa.
As with many African and Asian countries, rugby has been linked to the fortunes of British colonialism.Rugby was introduced by the British, and declined on independence. It also suffered from the problems of racial segregation. This meant that it did not achieve the popularity it should have done amongst native black Malawians and is still dominated by whites and ex-pats mainly in and around Blantyre.
A regular competition was held against Beira in the Woury Cup during the period.Many of the competitions were against other British colonies in that part of Africa.
World War II saw many players called away to the British Forces, and greatly depleted its resources.
However, the game was still played to a large degree in the period between the end of the war, and Malawi's independence. The Leslie Sevens were played for many years after 1948, and the Grainger Cup from 1946, was the league for Malawian clubs.
There were tours in the '80s and '90s to Zambia and Zimbabwe.
The Nyasaland national rugby union team is now defunct, and there has not yet been a replacement Malawian team. It played some games in the 1930s.With Malawi now back into the international fold, the first training squad was selected for tests against Swaziland and Lesotho in May 2015.
Malawi, officially the Republic of Malawi, is a landlocked country in southeastern Africa that was formerly known as Nyasaland. It is bordered by Zambia to the west, Tanzania to the north and northeast, and Mozambique surrounding on the east, south and southwest. Malawi spans over 118,484 km2 (45,747 sq mi) and has an estimated population of 18,143,217. Lake Malawi, also known as Lake Nyasa, takes up about a third of Malawi's area. Its capital is Lilongwe, which is also Malawi's largest city; the second largest is Blantyre, the third largest is Mzuzu and the fourth largest is its old capital Zomba. The name Malawi comes from the Maravi, an old name of the Nyanja people that inhabit the area. The country is nicknamed "The Warm Heart of Africa" because of the friendliness of the people.
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