|Rugby union in Nigeria|
|Governing body||Nigerian Rugby Football Federation|
Rugby union in Nigeria is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 70th by World Rugby.
The governing body is the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation.
Rugby union was first introduced into Nigeria by the British empire. For a number of years the game was dominated by white settlers and expatriates, and to an extent, a number of expatriate oil workers still play there.
A number of Nigerian people have emigrated to the UK, and there is a London Nigerian Rugby Club.
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