Rugby union in the Dominican Republic
The governing body is the Dominican Rugby Federation which is currently affiliated to NAWIRA, but not IRB.
Rugby began to grow in the seventies, but went into decline in the early 1990s. There was however a revival in 1997, and from 1997 to 2000 the DR was represented in Trinidad and Tobago's Rugby Sevens Tournament.
There are clubs in San Cristóbal, La Romana and Santo Domingo, and it is played in the universities. There are nine rugby clubs in Santo Domingo alone: the Santo Domingo Rugby Club, Los Minas, Diablitos de Charlie, UASD, UNPHU, Caribe, Piranas, Osos and Red Dragon.
Like many other countries, rugby has suffered here from lack of Olympic recognition.
- NAWIRA Dominican Republic Page
- Rugby in the Dominican republic
- (French) Archives du Rugby: République Dominicaine