Rugby union in the Dominican Republic

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Rugby union in the Dominican Republic
Dominican Republic Rugby Federation logo.png
Country Dominican Republic
Governing body Fedorugby
National team Dominican Republic
First played 1969
Clubs 16

Rugby union in the Dominican Republic is a minor, but growing sport.

Governing body[edit]

The governing body is the Dominican Rugby Federation, known as Fedorugby. It is affiliated to NACRA, the regional governing body for rugby within North America and the Caribbean.[1][2] Fedorugby is not currently a member of World Rugby.

History[edit]

Rugby was introduced to the Dominican Republic by French diplomat Jean-Paul Bossuge, vice consul at the time, in 1969.[3] Jean Paul Rugby Club is named after him.[3] Rugby began to grow in the seventies, but went into decline in the early 1990s. As in many other countries, rugby had suffered from lack of Olympic recognition.[3] There was a revival in 1997, and from 1997 to 2000 the Dominican Republic was represented in Trinidad and Tobago's Rugby Sevens Tournament.[3]

There are rugby clubs in Santo Domingo, San Cristóbal, and La Romana, as well as at San Pedro and Constanza. Rugby is also played in the universities.[3] Santo Domingo has seven main clubs: the Santo Domingo Rugby Club, Caribe, Diablitos de Charlie, Los Minas, Osos, Piranas, and Red Dragon as well as the university clubs at UNPHU and UASD.[3]

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References[edit]

  1. ^ "Dominican Republic Page on NACRA site". 2009. Archived from the original on 11 June 2013. 
  2. ^ "Affiliated Unions". NACRA. 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d e f "Rugby in the Dominican republic". 25 October 2007. Archived from the original on 12 October 2015.