Rugby union in Finland
|Rugby union in Finland|
|Governing body||Suomen Rugbyliitto|
Finland was the last of the major Nordic countries to take up rugby. Both Denmark and Sweden started playing rugby in the 20th century, and more recently Norway in the 1980s and 1990s. Neighbouring Russia and to a lesser extent Estonia started playing within the Soviet Era, during the 1950s and 60s.
Finnish rugby started to grow during the 1990s, and early 21st century. There are now 577 players registered with the SRL.
Currently Finland fields four national teams. Men 15s, Women 7s as well as the U20 and U17 age groups.
Several competitions exist in Finland where climatic conditions dictate the main 15 a side season being played during the northern summer.
- http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings retrieved 17 May 2015
- http://pulse-static-files.s3.amazonaws.com/worldrugby/photo/2015/03/05/61b7a966-a65a-4952-8b71-74bed89a8d7c/WR_2014_Player_Numbers.jpg Retrieved 17 May 2009
- http://www.helsinkirugby.org/?p=48&language=en Retrieved 23rd June, 2009
- World Rugby Finland page
- official union page
- Rugby Europe Finland page
- Helsinki RFC
- (Finnish) Jyväskylä Rugby Club
- (Finnish) Tampere Rugby Club
- Turku Eagles
- Warriors Rugby Helsinki
- Vaasa Wolves
- (Finnish) Tervetuloa Suomen Pyörätuolirugby-sivuille (Wheelchair rugby)
- (French) Archives du Rugby: Finlande