Rugby union in Armenia

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Rugby union in Armenia
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Rugby union in Armenia is a growing sport. They are currently unranked in the International Rugby Board's world rankings,[1] which ranks only the top ninety-six countries. The governing body for Armenia is the Rugby Federation of Armenia.

Governing body[edit]

The governing body is the Rugby Federation of Armenia.


Rugby union in Armenia has not been popular historically, but the neighbouring Caucasian country, Georgia has competed at international level. It is however interesting to note that Rugby was introduced to Georgia by Jacques Haspekian, an Armenian man from Marseilles, France.

Soviet period[edit]

Rugby union was played in the Russian Empire as early as in 1908, and in 1936 the first Soviet Championship took place.

In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.[2]

Armenia had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.

Post independence[edit]

In 2002, the Rugby Federation of Armenia named Gagik Panikian its new president and he has pledged to improve both the popularity of the sport and the quality of players Armenia produces.[3]

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