Rugby union in Andorra
|Rugby union in Andorra|
Map of Andorra
|Governing body||Andorran Rugby Federation|
Rugby union in Andorra is considered the second most popular sport in Andorra and has increased in popularity rapidly over the last decade and the national team has had a growing success on the international stage.
In 2010, there were 213 registered players, and 2 clubs
Andorran rugby is around forty years old, having been introduced in the 1960s.
Because it is surrounded by some of the main rugby playing heartlands of France and Spain - Provence, Catalonia (and Roussillon) and the Basque Country - Andorrans have had a long exposure to the sport through the media.
Also, three other factors have come to have an influence in recent years -
- A large influx of tourists, especially skiers.
- Andorra's status as a tax haven has brought with it many tax exiles from rugby playing countries
- Andorra's small size has meant that young people tend to study outside the country, and become interested in rugby at foreign universities.
Returning students have been a major factor in the growth of Andorran rugby.
Notable Andorra-based players have included the no. 8 Tony Castillo and scrum halves Alonso Ricart and Roger Font, as well as locally based foreign players such as Jimmy Jordan, a Scottish winger from Kilmarnock, and the Argentine fly-half Gustavo Tumosa, who previously played for Rosario.
In 1997, there were only three clubs, one being made up of ski-instructors who were locally based, but who came from all over the world.
Because of the small population of Andorra, this is not a bad ratio for a Tier 3 nation.
- (English) fédération andorrane, sur irb.com, consulté le 9 mai 2009.
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p62
- Bath p70