|Rugby union in Mexico|
|Governing body||Mexican Rugby Federation|
|First played||c. 1930|
Rugby union in Mexico is a minor but growing sport. Rugby union has a stronger following in Mexico with French communities. The Mexican Rugby Federation (Spanish : Federación Mexicana de Rugby, FMR) is the body directing rugby union in Mexico. It has the responsibility of organising and developing rugby in the country.
Rugby in Mexico comprises 800 players and twenty clubs.Rugby in Mexico is purely amateur, lacking structure and funding. There is no rugby culture and even a regional or local solid foundation.
Rugby union was introduced in Mexico for the first time around 1930 by British oil workers. The teams were essentially made up of foreign players. Following the nationalisation of the Mexican oil industry the British left the country and rugby disappeared. In 1971 another Briton, Mr. Walter Irvine, again introduced rugby into the Reformed Athletic Club, an association of British origin.
Walter Irvine founded "Unión Mexicana de Rugby A.C." in 1973 to organise and develop rugby union in Mexico. The "UMR" was the body directing Mexican rugby union until October 2003 when the Federación Mexicana de Rugby (FMR) was founded. In November of that year the FMR was made an associate member of the International Rugby Board. Mexico could thus take part in competitions organised by the supreme authority of rugby on a world level. The FMRU organises rugby in the country: a championship takes place at the highest level in the country, and in the same way organises a championships for youth, veterans and women.
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