List of international rugby union teams

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The following is a list of international rugby union teams:

National teams – band classification[edit]

Starting in 2008, in addition to the existing tier system, the IRB introduced a four-band system of classification in which unions are classified based on "their development status and record on the international stage". The new structure is:[1]

High performance[edit]

All countries previously in Tiers 1 and 2.

Development One[edit]

These are countries earmarked for increased developmental funding and include:


The IRB did not release a list of unions in this category, but named several as World Cup hopefuls being in this band:


North-South American
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Czech Republic
 British Virgin Islands[2]
 Cayman Islands[2]
 Costa Rica[3]
 Saint Lucia[2]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[2]
 Trinidad and Tobago[2]
 Burkina Faso
 Chinese Taipei
 South Korea
 United Arab Emirates
 American Samoa
 Cook Islands
 Papua New Guinea
 Solomon Islands

World Rugby associates in italics

Other teams[edit]

Rugby Africa teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Asia Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Rugby Europe teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Rugby Americas North teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Oceania Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Sudamerica Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Teams with affiliation suspended or without affiliation

Multinational teams[edit]

  • There was also a West Indies side, which first toured when the Caribbean Rugby Union sent a team (managed by Gavin Clark) to tour England in 1976. Their last tour was also to England in October and November 2000.
  • The Commonwealth of Independent States played during the early 1990s.

Defunct national sides[edit]

Various national sides have ceased to exist for political reasons. In the case of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, there is more than one successor team. In the case of Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War and Franco's crackdown put an end to it, and in the case of East and West Germany, reunification led to their amalgamation into a single German side.

* For more information on these teams see above.

Women's rugby[edit]

Defunct women's national sides[edit]

Invitation sides[edit]

Notes and references[edit]

  1. ^ "IRB announces increased funding for the game" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2008.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rugby Americas North Member
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sudamérica Rugby Member