Rugby union in Nauru

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Rugby union in Nauru
Governing bodyNauru Rugby Union
National team(s) Nauru

Rugby union in Nauru is a minor but growing sport. The national team have competed in various international competitions, including the Pacific Games.


Governing body

The governing body is an associate member of Oceania Rugby (formerly FORU), [1] and has applied to become an associate member of World Rugby. [2]


Rugby was introduced into Nauru, by its connection with Australia and the British Empire.

Traditionally, Australian Rules football is the main sport in Nauru, and Rugby league comes second. However, both of these sports have skills which lend themselves to playing rugby union, and it is relatively easy to convert, particularly from the latter.

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  1. "Inaugural Oceania Rugby SuperWeek". Oceania Rugby. 18 May 2015. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015.
  2. "Nauru Becomes Newest Member Of Global Rugby Family". 5 June 2015. Archived from the original on 11 September 2015. Retrieved 10 July 2015.