Rugby union in Finland

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Rugby union in Finland
Country Finland
Governing body Suomen Rugbyliitto
National team Finland
Nickname(s) SRL
First played 1978
Registered players 577
Clubs 14
National competitions
Club competitions

Rugby union in Finland is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 92nd by World Rugby World Rugby.[1]

Governing body[edit]

The governing body is the Finnish Rugby Federation (Suomen Rugbyliitto) ((English):[2]

History[edit]

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.[3]

In 2000, Helsinki RFC made Finnish rugby history, when they beat a team from HMS Sheffield, a vessel in the British Royal Navy[4]

Teams[edit]

Currently Finland fields four national teams. Men 15s, Women 7s as well as the U20 and U17 age groups.

Domestic Competition[edit]

Several competitions exist in Finland where climatic conditions dictate the main 15 a side season being played during the northern summer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.worldrugby.org/rankings retrieved 17 May 2015
  2. ^ http://www.rugby.fi/en/index.php
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ http://www.helsinkirugby.org/?p=48&language=en Retrieved 23rd June, 2009

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