List of international rugby union teams

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The following is a list of international rugby union teams:

Multinational teams[edit]

Combination sides[edit]

  • There is 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 also played during the early 1990s.
  • World XV sides have also been fielded nine times between 1977 and 2014.

Invitation sides[edit]

Other invitational sides past and present include:

National teams – tier classification[edit]

The sport's international governing body, World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board), organises its member unions into three tiers.[1] All Tier 1 and 2 nations have competed in the Rugby World Cup (RWC).

Tier 1[edit]

Nation Rank Range
(Best–Worst)
Competition
 New Zealand 1–3 Rugby Championship
 South Africa 1–7 Rugby Championship
 England 1–8 Six Nations
 Australia 2–6 Rugby Championship
 Ireland 2–9 Six Nations
 France 2–10 Six Nations
 Wales 2–10 Six Nations
 Argentina 3–12 Rugby Championship
 Scotland 5–12 Six Nations
 Italy 8–15 Six Nations

Tier 2[edit]

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
Oceanian
countries
 Georgia
 Portugal
 Romania
 Russia
 Spain
 Canada[2]
 United States[2]
 Uruguay[3]
 Namibia  Japan  Fiji
 Samoa
 Tonga

Development (Tier 3)[edit]

Development One[edit]

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
 Belgium
 Germany
 Brazil[3]
 Chile[3]
 Ivory Coast
 Kenya
 Zimbabwe
 Hong Kong
 South Korea

Development Two[edit]

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
Oceanian
countries
 Andorra
 Armenia
 Austria
 Azerbaijan
 Bosnia and Herzegovina
 Bulgaria
 Croatia
 Czech Republic
 Denmark
 Finland
 Greece
 Hungary
 Israel
 Latvia
 Lithuania
 Luxembourg
 Malta
 Montenegro
 Moldova
 Monaco
 Netherlands
 Norway
 Poland
 Serbia
 Slovenia
 Sweden
  Switzerland
 Ukraine
 Bahamas[2]
 Barbados[2]
 Bermuda[2]
 British Virgin Islands[2]
 Cayman Islands[2]
 Colombia[3]
 Costa Rica[3]
 Curaçao[2]
 Dominican Republic[2]
 Ecuador[3]
 El Salvador[3]
 Guatemala[3]
 Guyana[2]
 Honduras[3]
 Jamaica[2]
 Martinique[2]
 Mexico[2]
 Nicaragua[3]
 Panama[3]
 Paraguay[3]
 Peru[3]
 Saint Lucia[2]
 Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[2]
 Trinidad and Tobago[2]
 Turks and Caicos Islands[2]
 Venezuela[3]
 Botswana
 Burundi
 Cameroon
 Egypt
 Ghana
 Madagascar
 Mali
 Mauritania
 Mauritius
 Morocco
 Nigeria
 Rwanda
 Senegal
 Swaziland
 Tanzania
 Togo
 Tunisia
 Uganda
 Zambia
 Bahrain
 Cambodia
 China
 Chinese Taipei
 Guam
 India
 Indonesia
 Kazakhstan
 Kyrgyzstan
 Laos
 Lebanon
 Malaysia
 Mongolia
 Pakistan
 Philippines
 Qatar
 Singapore
 Sri Lanka
 Thailand
 United Arab Emirates
 Uzbekistan
 American Samoa
 Cook Islands
 Niue
 Papua New Guinea
 Solomon Islands
 Tahiti
 Vanuatu

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 and, by extension, teams are classified based on "their development status and record on the international stage". The new structure is:[4]

High performance[edit]

All countries previously in Tiers 1 and 2.

Development One[edit]

These are countries earmarked for increased developmental funding and include

Targeted[edit]

Again, the IRB did not release a list of unions in this category, but named several as being in this band:

Developmental[edit]

This is the location for all remaining unions.

Other teams[edit]

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 Strategic Plan" (PDF). International Rugby Board. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF 0.3 MB) on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rugby Americas North Member
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Sudamérica Rugby Member
  4. ^ "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.