Nigeria national rugby union team

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Nigeria
Union Nigeria Rugby Football Federation
First international
 Nigeria 12-111  Zimbabwe
(1 August 1987)
Largest win
 Nigeria 63-3  Mauritius
(23 June 2013)
Largest defeat
 Nigeria 12-111  Zimbabwe
(1 August 1987)

The Nigeria National Rugby Union Team represent Nigeria in the sport of rugby union. Nigeria have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have competed in qualifying tournaments. Nigeria played their first international against Zimbabwe in 1 August 1987, losing by 111-12 in Nairobi. Their greatest success has been in the Africa Nations Cup 2013, where they beat Mauritius 63-3 in group 1C.

Nigeria tried to qualify for the first time for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, but lost to Senegal (6-48) and Cameroon (8-18), and were eliminated. They also missed the presence at the 2011 Rugby World Cup, after losing to Cameroon (6-26), in the pre-qualifier.

Nigeria 15-A-Side[edit]

Nigeria are currently in the Africa Nations Cup group 1C and will participate in this tournament again in 2014.

Nigeria Squad for the 2012 Africa Cup[edit]

  • Michael Adeniya (Westcombe Park, England)
  • David Akinluyi (Old Olavians, England)
  • Emmanuel Akinluyi (Cambridge University, England)
  • Emmanuel Ayewe (Racing RFC, Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Olawale Doherty
  • Eseoghene Enajerow (Warri RFC, Warri, Nigeria)
  • Udochukwu Eze (Police RFC, Nigeria)
  • Nsa Harrison (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • Nuhu Ibrahim (Barewa RFC, Kano, Nigeria)
  • Adedoyin Layade (Sedgley Park, England)
  • Tiwaloluwa Obisesan (GRavesend RFC, England)
  • Shola Odele (Kaduna RFC, Kaduna, Nigeria)
  • Felix Ogbole (Kaduna RFC, Kaduna, Nigeria)
  • Temitope Okenla (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • Craig Olugbode (Gateshead Thunder RL, England)
  • Chukwuma Osazuwa (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • Ali Shelleng (London Nigerian, England)
  • Yemi Ibidunni (Old Dartfordians, England)
  • Ivan Stevenson
  • Francis Ugwu (Manchester Medics, England)
  • Inam Jay Udo-Udoma (Blackheath and Ruislip, England)
  • Ejike Uzoigbe (Worthing, England)
  • Obi Wilson (Barewa RFC, Kano, Nigeria) 1984.09.24
  • Samson Yahayah (Police RFC)

Head Coach: Steven Lewis (New York Blues, USA), Manager: Mark Dean (Samurai International RFC), Physio: Emma Mark (Esher RFC, England)

Nigeria Squad for the 2013 Africa Cup[edit]

  • Adam Aigbokhae (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • David Akinluyi (Old Olavians, England)
  • Emmanuel Akinluyi (Cambridge University, England)
  • John Kura (Racing Club, Lagos, Nigeria)
  • Olawale Doherty (Richmond FC, England)
  • Usani Ewah (Dallas Harlequins, USA)
  • Abdulasmad Abdullahi (Nigeria)
  • Olayemi Lawal (London Nigerian RFC, England)
  • Nuhu Ibrahim (Barewa RFC, Kano, Nigeria)
  • Adedoyin Layade (Sedgley Park, England)
  • Tiwaloluwa Obisesan (Canterbury RFC, England)
  • Ayo Salau (Aston University, England)
  • Omotohunola Odulaja (Loughborough University, England)
  • Temitope Okenla (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • Olisa Ufodiama (London Nigerian RFC, England)
  • Chukwuma Osazuwa (Gravesend RFC, England)
  • Moyo Osinibi (Old Alleynian RFC, England)
  • Moshope Osinibi (Old Alleynian RFC, England)
  • Tan Mbonu (Enfield Ignatians RFC, England)
  • Francis Ugwu (Old Midwhitgiftian RFC, England)
  • Inam Jay Udo-Udoma (Barking, England)
  • Obi Wilson (Barewa RFC, Kano, Nigeria)
  • Gbade Adewola (Cardiff University, Wales)
  • Samson Yahayah (Police RFC, Nigeria)

Head Coach: Gavin Hogg (Bury St Edmunds RFC, England), Manager: Mark Dean (Samurai International RFC), Physio: Emma Mark (Esher RFC, England)

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Test Match Record[edit]

  • Matches Won - 9
  • Matches Drawn - 2
  • Matches Lost - 13

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IRB World Ranking[edit]

Nigeria are currently ranked 81st in the world by the IRB (2 July 2013). Their previous ranking was 90th in the world prior to the 2013 Africa Nations Cup.[3]

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1987 (New Zealand) - No Qualifying Tournament Held
  • 1991 (England) - Did Not Enter
  • 2003 (Australia) - Did Not Enter
  • 2007 (France) - Did Not Enter
  • 2011 (New Zealand) - Did Not Qualify
  • 2015 (England) - Did Not Qualify
  • 2019 (Japan) - Qualifying Starts In 2016

Nigeria 7-A-Side[edit]

Nigeria participated in the C.A.R (Confederation of Africaine Rugby) in Marrakesh, Morocco on 24–25 September 2011. In the pool stages they defeated Senegal and Burkina Faso but were beaten by hosts Morocco, however they still progressed to the semi finals where they were to face regular IRB participants, Tunisia. Nigeria were beaten in the semi finals by a very experienced Tunisian team, however pride was restored in the 3rd/ 4th place playoff against Ivory Coast, where they came from behind in the second half to force the game into sudden death extra time where a last minute try by Craig Olugbode gave the victory to the Nigerian team. This meant Nigeria qualified for the All Africa 7s tournament in September 2012 which was the African regional ranking and qualifying tournament for the Rugby World Cup 7s in Russia in 2013.

In the African regional RWC 7s qualifier held again in Morocco on the 29th and 30 September 2012 the Nigeria 7s team finished third overall and just missed out on RWC qualification. Failure to beat Madagascar in the group game despite dominating the match meant that Nigeria would play tournament favourites Zimbabwe in the semi final rather than Tunisia. Nigeria lost 19-14 and Zimbabwe went on to beat Tunisia 31-7 in the final. Nigeria had the chance to redeem themselves however and beat Madagascar 20-12 in the 3rd/4th place playoff leaving them 5th ranked in Africa and the 3rd ranked African Commonwealth member.

Nigeria 7s qualified to participate at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games in Scotland. They were drawn alongside Canada, hosts Scotland and all-time Commonwealth champions Newzealand but the team was shockingly withdrawn by the Nigeria Olympic Committee (NOC) without clarifications as to why such a decision was made. A decision which according to IRB’s Mark Egan "Is disappointing for the Nigerian rugby team and their Rugby Union. There is a chance to get going with their Rugby 7s surge as the team will be competing at the Africa Men 7s in September 2014 in Kenya with the likes of South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Senegal, Madagascar, Tunisia, Morocco, Ivory Coast and Zambia.

Nigeria 7-A-Side Squad For Africa Cup 7s 2013[edit]

  • David Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Emmanuel Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Aristide Goualin (Old Priorians RFC)
  • Chukwuma Osazuwa (Heriots RFC)
  • Temitope Okenla (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Ben Adubi (Old Priorians RFC)
  • James Doherty (Richmond FC)
  • Ovie Koloko (Blackheath FC)
  • Paul Olima (Civil Service RFC)
  • DJ Mshelia (Old Blues RFC)
  • Nd Monye (Unattached)
  • Peter Cole (Tynedale RFC)

Coach: Sam Howard (Dulwich College), Manager: Mark Dean (Samurai International RFC), Physio: Emma Mark (Esher RFC)

Nigeria 7-A-Side Squad For RWC Qualifier 2012[edit]

  • William Sharp (Hull RL)
  • Robert Worrincy (Halifax RL)
  • David Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Emmanuel Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Mark Olugbode (Westoe RFC)
  • Joseph Mbu (Racing Club)
  • Nuhu Ibrahim
  • Ejike Uzoigwe (Stourbridge RFC)
  • Kene Ejikeme (Unattached)
  • Aristide Goualin (Old Priorians RFC)
  • Chukwuma Osazuwa (Heriots RFC)
  • Temitope Okenla (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)

Coach: Steve Lewis (New York Blues), Manager: Mark Dean (Samurai International RFC), Physio: Emma Mark (Esher RFC)

Nigeria 7-A-Side Squad For 2011[edit]

  • David Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Emmanuel Akinluyi (Old Mid-Whitgiftian RFC)
  • Samuel Akinluyi (Westcoombe Park RFC)
  • Craig Olugbode (Westoe RFC)
  • Joseph Mbu (Racing Club)
  • Ubaka Onyekwelu (Chichester University)
  • Martin Olima (Blackheath FC)
  • Jay Udo-Udoma (Blackheath FC)
  • Aristide Goualin (Old Priorians RFC)
  • Chukwuma Osazuwa (Heriots RFC)
  • James Doherty (Richmond FC)
  • Adedoyin Layade (Unattached)

Manager: Mark Dean (Samurai International RFC), Physio: Emma Mark (Esher RFC)

Nigerian Players Representing Other Nations[edit]

There have been a large number of Nigerian born or eligible players who have, for a variety of reasons, opted to play for another nation.

These include:

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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