Rugby union in Vietnam

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Rugby union in Vietnam is a minor but growing sport, with the national team managed by Yale graduate Thao Do.


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Rugby was originally introduced when Vietnam was part of French Indochina, but this was mainly by French expatriates. After independence there was a long hiatus, as financial and political forces, from famine to the Vietnam War meant it was impossible for the game to be played.

The Indochinese Cup was established in 1999, as a four sided tourname between Vietnamese teams from Saïgon and Hanoi, Vientiane (Laos) and Phnom Penh in Cambodia. [1]

The historical connection with France is a mixed blessing. A number of people who could qualify for Vietnam's national team play in France. An example is the MHRC played François Trinh-Duc, who has a Vietnamese grandfather. [2]

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  1. Cambodian Federation of Rugby, history, accessed 28 June 2009
  2. "Old friends, new blood". Scotland On Sunday. 2 March 2008.