Rugby union in Guyana
|Rugby union in Guyana|
|Governing body||Guyana Rugby Football Union|
|First played||Early 20th century|
Guyana is geographically in South America, but competes in North American competitions, and is a member of NAWIRA as its rugby contacts tend to be with the Caribbean nations, rather than the Southern Cone
The national governing body is the Guyana Rugby Football Union.
Guyana is a former British colony, known as "British Guiana", and the game there was introduced to there by the British. For a number of years, the local rugby scene was dominated by expatriates.
In 1954, the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders regiment was stationed in Guyana, and formed their own team to play local sides in the colony. They played sides formed of British and Portuguese residents of Georgetown and the sugar estates. The soldiers had not played for a long while, but had an advantage due to their physical fitness.
It also supports two national teams.
- IRB Guyana page
- NAWIRA Guyana page
- Guyana rugby team selected for North American West Indian Rugby Association Men’s 15s Championship (Voice of Guyana)
- Guyana looking to make rugby history
- Guyana’s men’s and women’s Sevens Rugby team off to NAWIRA IRB World Cup Qualifiers (Stabroek News)
- (French) Archives du Rugby: Guyana
- http://www.irb.com/unions/union=11000057/index.html retrieved 4 July 2009
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p78
- http://www.rugbybahamas.com/index.php/2008/10/11/guyana-looking-to-create-rugby-history retrieved 5 July 2009, on Rugby Bahamas