Rugby Federation of Armenia

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Rugby Federation of Armenia
Hajastani Regbii Federatsia
Association crest
Sport Rugby union
Founded 2000
Rugby Europe affiliation 2002  
Associate Member

(suspended in 2014)
President Yuri Beglaryan
Men's coach Laurent Hairabetian (player-coach)
Official website www.armrugby.am (archived)

The Rugby Federation of Armenia (Armenian: Հայաստան Ռեգբիի ֆեդերացիա, Hajastani Regbii Federatsia; Russian: Федерация регби Армении, Federatsiya Regbi Armenii) is the governing body for rugby union in Armenia.

It was founded in 2000 and joined FIRA-AER (now Rugby Europe) as an associate membe in 2002. Rugby Europe suspended the Rugby Federation of Armenia in November 2014 due to inactivity.[1]

History[edit]

Rugby was first played in the country in the 1960s, when Armenia was a republic within the Soviet Union. Armenia had its own representative team within the USSR, although it was not considered to be a proper national side. Armenian clubs including Yerevan Dinamo RC and Yerevan Spartak RC played in the top division of Soviet Championship and Soviet Cup. The rugby teams were disbanded due to the effects of the Armenia-Azerbaijan War and economic difficulties in Armenia during first years of independence in the early 1990s.[2]

Rugby in Armenia went into hibernation for almost a decade until the founding of the Rugby Federation of Armenia (RFA) in 2000. Gagik Panikian become the RFA president in 2002 and the RFA joined FIRA-AER (now Rugby Europe) later that year. National teams for sevens and fifteen-a-side were soon formed to play in European competitions.

As of 2012, there were three rugby clubs in Armenia: Ararat, Artashat, and Ureni.[2] Rugby Europe suspended the Rugby Federation of Armenia due to inactivity in 2014.[1]

National teams[edit]

  • Armenia - the national men's rugby union team was formed in 2004 and was largely drawn from players of Armenian heritage in France. The team played at the 2004 European Championships, defeating Norway and Israel.
  • Armenia 7s - the national men's rugby union seven-a-side team was formed in 2003.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "World Rugby gives Cyprus warm welcome but Armenia and Greece the cold shoulder". ASOIF. 27 November 2012. Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  2. ^ a b "Robert Melkonyan: Reviving the traditions of Armenian rugby". Azad-Hye. 21 January 2012. Archived from the original on 31 January 2015. Retrieved 31 January 2015. 

External links[edit]

Official site:

Other sites: