Rugby union in Mayotte is a minor but growing sport.
The governing body is the French Rugby Federation, which has a regional section called the Ligue Regionale de Rugby de Mayotte.
Rugby was introduced to Mayotte by the French who colonised the area. Isolated in rugby terms, Mayotte competes in the Africa Cup. More talented players tend to leave for Metropolitan France.
There are also strong links with rugby union in Madagascar, where it is a reasonably popular sport.
The most successful club in Mayotte is RC Mamoudzou, which has won every national championship from 2000-2009.In 2009, the result of the championship final between Mamoudzou and RC Petite Terre was 27-7.
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The following outline is provided as an overview of and topical guide to Mayotte:
Mayotte – overseas department of France located in the Comoros Archipelago in the Indian Ocean. The department comprises the main island of Grande-Terre, a smaller island, Petite-Terre, and several islets at the northern end of the Mozambique Channel, between northern Madagascar and northern Mozambique. The territory is geographically part of the Comoro Islands, but has been politically separate since the 1970s. The territory is also known as Mahoré, the native name of its main island, especially by advocates of its inclusion in the Union of Comoros.
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The following is a list of the 13 cantons of the Mayotte department, in France, following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
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