Algeria national rugby union team

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Algeria
Algeria national rugby union team.gif
Nickname(s)"Les Lionceaux" (The Lion Cubs)[1]
Ground(s)Stade Ahmed Zabana
Coach(es)Boumedienne Allam
Captain(s)Nasser Benamor
Most capsRabah Abdelkader (12)
Top scorerJohan Bensalla (59)
Most triesYazid Chouchane (3)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Kazakhstan 5–26 Algeria
(June 6, 2015)
Largest win
Zambia 0–31 Algeria
(October 20, 2018)
Largest defeat
Malaysia 19–11 Algeria
(June 14, 2015)
World Cup
AppearancesNone (First in -)
Best result-

The Algeria national rugby union team represents Algeria in rugby union. The team is administered by the Algerian rugby Federation (FAR). The first match they competed in was on the 24th February 2007, in a game in Tunis against the Tunisia national rugby union team (to which Algeria won by 8-7). While almost all current national team players play for clubs in the French championship, there are some national players who practice the sport in Australia, New Zealand, Romania and England. The first coach of the Algeria national rugby union team was Morad Kellal.

History[edit]

Before 2015[edit]

Rugby is played on Algerian territory during French colonization. After this period, its practice decreased rapidly, until disappearing in 1972.[2] At the invitation of the Tunisia national rugby union team, Algeria brought together Nabeul a selection of the best Algerian players from rugby and started on the international stage On 27 February 2007 against Tunisia, a match that she won 8 to 7 Algeria,[3] the Fennecs dream of having a federation with an attempt of Samir Khamouche playing at Castres and a penalty Of Nadir Boukhaloua playing Lyon OU. Later, the Algerians won 20 points to 17 against the hopes of the Stade français at the Villeneuve stadium of the commune of Clichy, department of Hauts-de-Seine, As well as against other African teams, including the Ivory Coast team.,[3] in the absence of a federation recognized by the Algerian State, it does not appear in the World Rugby Rankings and has not yet played an official meeting.[3]

2015: return of rugby union in Algeria[edit]

Preparation of the setting up of official bodies[edit]

Disappeared in the early 1970s, rugby found its place in Algeria. On January 1, 2015, after eight years of discussions and exchanges, the Ministry of Sports, assisted by the Algerian Olympic Committee, validates the creation of the National Algerian Rugby Association which will become the rugby union current 2015.

The objectives of this new body are the Rugby World Cup in 2019 in Japan, not forgetting the Africa Cup. With the recognition of the Federation, the selection can now appeal to players who play in the Top 14 to build a highly competitive national team. For Sofiane Abdelkader Benhassen, founder of the pilot club of the Oranese Stadium in 2008, who has been appointed president, priority is also and above all to popularize the discipline in Algeria and to make this sport known to the youth of the country through the creation of schools.

Crescent Cup Rugby Championship[edit]

On June 1, 2015, the Algerian Rugby Union team flew to Malaysia for the Crescent Cup Rugby Championship, their first official international competition.,[4] The Algerian rugby union team started its tournament with a 26-5 victory against the Kazakhstan team, ranked 39. He is victorious for the first official match in the history of the Algerian selection of rugby. Confirmation that the Algerian potential is indeed there. after the piece and against the same team again won 15-0 to qualify to the final to face the owner of the land shed Malaysian team stopped due to riots between the players.[5]

Creation of the national federation[edit]

On 17 November 2015, the federation was formally established in Algiers at a general assembly meeting chaired by Mustapha Larfaoui, Honorary President of the Algerian Olympic Committee Olympic and Sports Algerian and in the presence of 18 clubs representing 16 wilayas. Sofiane Benhassen is elected the first president of the Algerian rugby union (FAR).[6][7] Membership in the continental federation Rugby Africa is planned in December 2016.[8]

The first official match played under the auspices of the Algerian federation on December 18, 2015 Oran against the Tunisia. Salim and Djemaï Tebani are breeders of this first official meeting on Algerian soil.[9] In Ahmed Zabana Stadium of Oran, Algeria won this game 16-6 with a team consisting mainly of players based in France and two players trained in Algerian clubs.[10]

Launch of the Maghreb Tri-Nations[edit]

In December 2016, the Algerian Rugby Federation in collaboration with Rugby Africa will organize the first edition of a Maghreb Tri-nations grouping Algeria, Tunisia national rugby union team and the Morocco national rugby union team. World Rugby has validated it, and the event will take place at Oran, Algeria.[11][12]

Africa Cup[edit]

The Algerian team, in their first participation in the tournament, signed in the North Group with Cameroon and Nigeria, but the Cameroonian team had been postponed through lack of organization that Rugby Africa disqualified Cameroon and suspended the activity of the country's federation for three months.[13] which made the organizing committee to play a home-and-home series matche against Nigeria in Zambia, but the latter also withdrew to be a final Winner North vs Winner South against Zambia November 4, 2017 at Mufulira Leopards Rugby Club. in a historic match as the first official match to enable the Algerian team to win a 30-25 in the first defeat to Zambia in its home since 2002.[14] the Algerian national team will play next season in the Rugby Africa Silver Cup.

World Cup record[edit]

The team has neither qualified for or being invited to any of the Rugby World Cups, because of its relatively recent foundation.

Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach AlgeriaSalim Tebani
Assistant coach AlgeriaDjemai Tebani
General manager AlgeriaAzzouz Aib
President of the Algerian federation (FAR) AlgeriaSofiane Abdelkader Benhassen
Fitness coach AlgeriaNahim Rouabah

Record[edit]

Overall[edit]

As of 20 October 2018 their record against all nations is as follows:

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Ivory Coast 2 2 0 0 100.00 48 31 +17
 Egypt 1 1 0 0 100.00 50 0 +50
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 100.00 41 5 +36
 Libya 1 1 0 0 100.00 50 0 +50
 Malaysia 1 0 1 0 00.00 11 19 -8
 Morocco 2 0 2 0 00.00 24 32 -8
 Senegal 1 1 0 0 100.00 22 18 +4
 Kenya 0 0 0 0 00.00 0 0 0
 Uganda 0 0 0 0 00.00 0 0 0
 Tunisia 4 3 1 0 75.00 73 53 -20
 Zambia 2 2 0 0 100.00 61 25 +35
Total 16 12 4 0 75.00 380 183 +196

Rugby World Cup[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Did not enter Did not enter
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991
South Africa 1995
Wales 1999
Australia 2003
France 2007
New Zealand 2011
England 2015
Japan 2019
France 2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Africa Cup[edit]

Africa Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
2000 to 2016 Did not enter
2017 Champions Bronze Cup 1 1 0 0 30 25
2018 Champions Silver Cup 3 3 0 0 76 31
2019 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020 To be determined
Total 3/18 4 4 0 0 106 56

North African Tri Nations[edit]

North African Tri Nations record
Year Round P W D L F A
Algeria 2016 Third place 2 0 0 2 26 28
Morocco 2017 Second place 2 1 0 1 49 33
Tunisia 2018 Not played
2019 To be determined
Total 2/2 4 1 0 3 75 61

Crescent Cup[edit]

Crescent Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
Malaysia 2015 Second place 3 2 0 1 52 24
Total 1/1 3 2 0 1 52 24

African Development Trophy[edit]

African Development Trophy record
Year Round P W D L F A
2004 to 2009 Did not enter
2010 Champions North Section 2 2 0 0 100 0
Total 1/7 2 2 0 0 100 0

Algeria national rugby union team results[edit]

Official matches[edit]

test match[edit]

Tri-nations maghrébin[edit]

Africa Cup[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to play for the Algeria squad at least once within the last 24 months.

Head coach: Algeria Salim Tebani and Djemaï Tebani

  • Caps updated: 18 December 2015

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Malik Hamadache Prop (1988-10-17) 17 October 1988 (age 30) 3 France Section Paloise
Karim Bougherara Prop (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 30) 1 France Union Sportive Bressane
Sofiane Chellat Prop (1990-01-12) 12 January 1990 (age 29) 4 France RC Massy
Bekada Belhaouari Prop (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 27) 3 France Blagnac SCR
Reda Benlebbad Prop (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 26) 1 France Lombez SC
Nasser Benamor Prop (1978-04-24) 24 April 1978 (age 40) 7 France Avenir Valencien
Mourad Frih Prop (1991-10-01) 1 October 1991 (age 27) 4 France Stade niçois
Amine Bouladjeraf Prop (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 26) 1 Algeria Stade Oranais
Yassine Saaoui Hooker (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 27) 5 France CS Beaune
Bilal Abed Scrum-half (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 29) 6 France Stade Dijonnais Côte D'Or
Mahmoud Djenadi Scrum-half (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 27) 4 France CARF rugby
Moussa Reghis Scrum-half (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 36) 5 France US Annecy
Saïd Hireche Flanker (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 33) 1 France CA Brive
Samir Doukbi Flanker (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 33) 2 France US seynoise
Rabah Abdelkader Flanker (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 31) 4 France Stade olympique millavois
Walid Bouregba Flanker (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 24) 4 France Lézignan Sangliers
Khaled Kahlouchi Flanker (1984-02-14) 14 February 1984 (age 34) 6 France US Saint-Sulpice
Danyl Youcef Flanker 5 France RC Martigues Port-de-Bouc
Boris Bouhraoua (c) Scrum-half (1984-05-04) 4 May 1984 (age 34) 8 France AC Bobigny 93 Rugby
Lou Bouhraoua Scrum-half (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 27) 4 France AC Bobigny 93 Rugby
Johan Bensalla Fly-half (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 27) 1 France Lombez SC
Nadir Boukhaloua Fly-half (1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 31) 5 France SO Givors
Mohamed Belguidoum Centre (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 24) 1 Romania U Prodvinalco Cluj
Vincent Haouari Centre (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 (age 35) 5 France RCHC La Crau
Said Tamghart Centre (1980-05-13) 13 May 1980 (age 38) 4 England Whitehaven RLFC
Djamel Ouchene Wing (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 30) 3 France Sporting nazairien rugby
Mehdi Chouchane Wing 4 France Avenir sportif de Bédarrides
Yazid Chouchane Wing 4 France Avenir sportif de Bédarrides
Jilali Aïb Wing (1983-11-22) 22 November 1983 (age 35) 5 France EV Malemort BO
Samir Khamouche Wing (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 32) 9 France CO Berre XV

Individual all-time records[edit]

Statistics from The beginning of the match against Kazakhstan on 6 June 2015, before this date unofficial matches.

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw Win %
1. Rabah Abdelkader Flanker 2015–present 12 5 1 0 0 0 8 4 0 66.67
2. Boris Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 12 11 1 3 0 0 8 4 0 66.67
2. Nasser Benamor Prop 2015–2018 11 0 0 0 0 0 7 4 0 63.64
4. Khaled Kahlouchi Flanker 2015–present 10 5 1 0 0 0 7 3 0 70.00
5. Lou Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 9 11 0 1 3 0 5 4 0 55.56
5. Mohamed Belguidoum centre 2015–present 9 10 2 0 0 0 6 3 0 66.67
7. Maxim Meneghini centre 2016–present 8 0 0 0 0 0 5 3 0 62.50
7. Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 8 10 2 0 0 0 5 3 0 62.50
7. Djamel Ouchene Wing 2015–present 8 10 2 0 0 0 7 1 0 87.50

Last updated: Algeria vs Zambia, 20 October 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 8 15 3 0 0 0
1. Rémi Cardon Flanker 2017–present 5 15 3 0 0 0
3. Yakine Djebbari lock 2016–present 6 10 2 0 0 0
3. Djamel Ouchene Wing 2015–present 8 10 2 0 0 0
3. Mohamed Belguidoum centre 2015–present 9 10 2 0 0 0
3. Walid Batchali Flanker 2018–present 3 10 2 0 0 0

Last updated: Algeria vs Zambia, 20 October 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Johan Bensalla Fly-half 2015–present 7 59 0 7 13 2
2. Yoan Saby Fly-half 2017–present 5 22 0 5 4 0
3. Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 8 15 3 0 0 0
3. Rémi Cardon Flanker 2017–present 5 15 3 0 0 0
5. Enzo Kralfa Scrum-half 2018–present 3 14 1 1 3 0
6. Lou Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 9 11 0 1 3 0
6. Boris Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 11 11 1 3 0 0
8. Mohamed Belguidoum centre 2015–present 9 10 2 0 0 0
8. Walid Batchali Flanker 2018–present 3 10 2 0 0 0

Last updated: Algeria vs Zambia, 20 October 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Johan Bensalla Scrum-half 15 0 0 5 0  Tunisia Algeria Oran 24/12/2016
2. Yoan Saby Fly-half 11 0 1 3 0  Ivory Coast France Toulouse 14/7/2018
2. Johan Bensalla Scrum-half 11 0 1 3 0  Tunisia Algeria Oran 18/12/2015
4. Johan Bensalla Scrum-half 10 0 2 2 0  Zambia Zambia Mufulira 4/11/2017
4. Rémi Cardon Flanker 10 2 0 0 0  Zambia Zambia Mufulira 4/11/2017
4. Enzo Kralfa Scrum-half 10 1 1 1 0  Senegal France Toulouse 8/7/2018

Last updated: Algeria vs Zambia, 20 October 2018. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lemonde.fr/rugby/video/2015/12/31/la-renaissance-du-rugby-en-algerie_4840476_1616937.html
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  14. ^ "FINALE DE LA BRONZE CUP 2017 : L'EXPLOIT ALGÉRIEN !". rugbyafrique.com. 4 November 2017. Retrieved 4 November 2017.

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