Rugby union in Libya
Libyan Rugby is not yet affiliated to the IRB.
Libyan rugby is of relatively recent origin, although it has been played in neighbouring countries such as Italy and Malta, and to a lesser extent Tunisia. It is believed that the first rugby in Libya was played by British troops or possibly Italians. Like many other Maghrebi nations, Libyan rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa.
The first Libyan team, "The Benghazi Wasps", was set up in the 1970s and played against teams from expatriate oil workers. Later on in 1998, French and British set up a team called the Tripoli Barbarians, however it was not until 2008 that official club teams recognised by Libya's governing body for sports, were set up in Benghazi. .
- http://wesclark.com/rrr/islamic_rugby.html Islam and Rugby (Note at bottom), retrieved July 2nd, 2009
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