|Rugby union in New Caledonia|
|Governing body|| French Rugby Federation |
Comité Régional de Rugby de Nouvelle Calédonie
|National team(s)||New Caledonia|
|First played||late 19th century|
Rugby union in New Caledonia is a minor but growing sport.
The Comité Régional de Rugby de Nouvelle Calédonie is a committee under the umbrella of the French Rugby Federation which is the governing body for rugby union within New Caledonia.
The committee is not affiliated to the IRB in its own right, but it is a full member of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), which is the governing body for rugby in Oceania.
Rugby union was first introduced into New Caledonia by the French, and has been played there for at least a century. New Caledonia is still a French colony, and this has proven a mixed blessing, as players have the prospect of "promotion" to French professionalism/semi-amateurism, but this also potentially weakens the New Caledonian system, removing players, and disallowing them to represent their own country.
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