Rugby Union in Mali is a minor but growing sport.
The governing body for the sport is the Fédération Malienne de Rugby (Malienne Rugby Federation).
Mali was formerly a French colony, and the game was first introduced there by French expatriates. In recent years, the game has been played mostly by native Malians.
Mali has a long-established union and players come from all walks of life.
Rugby union, widely known simply as rugby, is a full contact team sport that originated in England in the first half of the 19th century. One of the two codes of rugby football, it is based on running with the ball in hand. In its most common form, a game is played between two teams of 15 players using an oval-shaped ball on a rectangular field called a pitch. The field has H-shaped goalposts at both ends.
World Rugby is the world governing body for the sport of rugby union. World Rugby organises the Rugby World Cup every four years, the sport's most recognised and most profitable competition. It also organises a number of other international rugby competitions, such as the World Rugby Sevens Series, the Rugby World Cup Sevens, the World Under 20 Championship, and the Pacific Nations Cup.
Rugby union has been a men's medal sport at the modern Summer Olympic Games, being played at four of the first seven competitions. The sport debuted at the 1900 Paris games where the gold medal was won by the host nation. It was subsequently featured at the London games in 1908, the Antwerp games in 1920 and the Paris games in 1924.
Rugby union in Kenya is a popular sport, in particular due to the success of the Kenya national rugby sevens team in the rugby sevens format, and tournaments such as the Safari Sevens, which has been growing yearly, and now includes numerous international teams.
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 Mauritius national rugby union team represents Mauritius in international rugby union. Mauritius is a member of the International Rugby Board (IRB), but the national team is ranked as third tier, and Mauritius have yet to compete in either the Africa Cup or Rugby World Cup.
Rugby union in Ivory Coast is essentially amateur, with some degree of semi-professionalization in its top-flight league and the national rugby union team.
Rugby union in Indonesia is a minor but growing sport, dating back several decades, and which has experienced fluctuations in its success. There are currently just under six hundred registered players in the country.
Rugby union in Morocco is a significant and popular sport.
Rugby union in Tunisia is a significant sport. They are currently ranked 39th in the world, with 15830 registered players, and 72 clubs.
Rugby union in Cameroon is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 77th by the IRB.
Rugby union in Ghana, and its predecessor the Gold Coast is a minor but growing sport with a long history.
Rugby union in Mauritania is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in Nigeria is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 70th by World Rugby.
Rugby union in Senegal is a moderately popular sport. The Senegal national team is currently ranked 54th by World Rugby.
Rugby union in Eswatini is a minor sport. They are currently ranked 83rd by the IRB.
Rugby union in Tanzania is a minor but growing sport.
Rugby union in Togo is a minor but growing sport.
The Mali Rugby Federation is the governing body for rugby union in Mali. It is a member of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR) and an associate member of the International Rugby Board.
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.
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