American Samoa Rugby Union

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American Samoa Rugby Union
Amerika Samoa Rugby Union
Association crest
Sport Rugby union
Founded 1990
IRB affiliation 2012
FORU affiliation 2004
Official website amerika-samoa-rugby-union.com

The American Samoa Rugby Union, or ASRU, is the governing body for rugby union in American Samoa. It was established in 1990, and became fully affiliated to the International Rugby Board (IRB) in 2012.[1]

The ASRU is also a full member of the Federation of Oceania Rugby Unions (FORU), which is the regional governing body for rugby in Oceania.[2]

History[edit]

Rugby union has been played in American Samoa since the 1920s, but no governing body existed for the sport for more than 60 years thereafter.[3][1] When American football was introduced to high schools in the 1970s it became the dominant game, while rugby union was only played in village competitions.[1]

The ASRU was formally incorporated in 1990, but it took more than 20 years before the union applied for full membership of the IRB in 2011. The Executive Council of the IRB granted American Samoa full membership in 2012.[1]

National teams[edit]

American Samoa's national team, known as the Talavalu, has not competed in a Rugby World Cup but has competed at the South Pacific Games, including winning a silver medal for rugby 15's in 1991. American Samoa fields teams in 7's competitions as well as 15's.[4]

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Reference list[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d "Welcome to Amerika Samoa Rugby". American Samoa Rugby Union. Archived from the original on 13 August 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  2. ^ "Member Unions: American Samoa Rugby Union". oceaniarugby.com. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  3. ^ Nauright, John; Parrish, Charles, eds. (2012). Sports Around the World: History, Culture, and Practice. ABC-CLIO. p. 446. ISBN 978-1-59884-300-2. Retrieved 11 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "American Samoa Rugby Union Results". rugbyinternational.net. Archived from the original on 11 November 2013. Retrieved 11 November 2013.