Rugby union in Nigeria

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Rugby union in Nigeria
CountryNigeria
Governing bodyNigerian Rugby Football Federation
National team(s) Nigeria
Registered players7930 [1]
Clubs26

Rugby union in Nigeria is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 70th by World Rugby. [2]

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Governing body

The governing body is the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation.

History

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. [3]

Notable players

A number of notable England players were born or raised in Nigeria, including:

Bright Sodje who formerly played for Wakefield RFC and current England international Maro Itoje are also of Nigerian background.

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References

  1. http://publications.worldrugby.org/yearinreview2018/en/56-1/
  2. https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru
  3. http://www.londonnigerianrugby.com