Lebanon national rugby union team

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Lebanon
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Full nameLebanese National Rugby Team
UnionsLebanese Rugby Union Federation (LRUF)
Nickname(s)The Phoenix
Emblem(s)Phoenix Emblem with Lebanese Flag Coloring
Founded2009
LocationLebanon
RegionBeirut
Ground(s)Fouad Chehab Stadium (Capacity: 4000)
ChairmanMike Jammal
PresidentJohn Abi Saab
Director of RugbySteve Wrigglesworth
Coach(es)Steve Pembarthy, Hasan El Saleh, Hassan Karaki
Captain(s)Karim Jammal (9)
Most caps14
Fly-Half
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Lebanon Lebanon 27 - 8 Jordan Jordan
(May 14, 2010)
Largest win
Lebanon Lebanon 71 - 3 Jordan Jordan
(April 14, 2015)
Largest defeat
Lebanon Lebanon 0 - 67 Qatar Qatar
(April 27, 2012)
Official website
www.lruf.org

The Lebanese National Rugby Union team have yet to make their debut at the Rugby World Cup. Lebanon played their first test match against Jordan on 14 May 2010 in Dubai[1] The Phoenix currently competes in the Asian Rugby Football Union's, Asian Rugby Championship in Division Three West. Despite winning this division more than once, Lebanon will be unable to progress to a higher division until they achieve World Rugby Associate level.

On 19 June 2014 the Phoenix defeated Pakistan in the semifinal of the Asian Rugby Football Union's, Asian Five Nation Division 3 West tournament in Lahore, Pakistan, 17 - 3 to book a place in the final on 22 June 2014 against Uzbekistan in Lahore. Lebanon defeated Uzbekistan 20 - 19 to win the tournament.

On 14 April 2015 Lebanon hosted the 2015 Asian Rugby Championship division 3 West tournament in Jounieh, Lebanon. They defeated Jordan in the first round 71 - 3 and won against Iran 27 - 8 to secure their third consecutive Asian title.

In April 2016 Lebanon took part in the Asian Rugby Championship division 3 West tournament held in Doha, Qatar. On 19 April 2016, Lebanon beat Iran 34-12 and went on to face Qatar in the final. Although they led the majority of the match, being penalized down to 13 men gave Qatar an opportunity to take the lead. At the final whistle the score was 25-19 to Qatar.

In March 2017, Lebanon competed in the Asian Rugby Championship, hosted by Uzbekistan in Tashkent. Lebanon defeated Iran 25 to 24 in the semi-final and drawing with hosts Uzbekistan 24 all in the final of the tournament to run out narrow ARC Div III West Champions.

On the 24th April, Lebanon hosted the 2018 Asian Rugby Championship Division 3 West tournament in Jounieh, Lebanon. They defeated Jordan in the first round 62 - 3 and won against Iran 27 - 17 who had defeated Qatar in the semi-final to secure their fifth Asian title in six years.

Current squad[edit]

A full list of all capped Lebanese players: http://www.lruf.org/player-profiles/

Record[edit]

Against Played Won Drawn Lost Win percentage
 Jordan 2 2 0 0 100%
 Iran 2 2 0 0 100%
 Uzbekistan 2 2 0 0 100%
 Pakistan 2 2 0 0 100%
 Qatar 2 0 0 2 0%
Total 10 8 0 2 80.00%

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