Rugby union in Nigeria

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Rugby union in Nigeria
Governing bodyNigerian Rugby Football Federation
National team(s)Nigeria
Registered players7804

Rugby union in Nigeria is a minor but growing sport. They are currently ranked 75th by the IRB.[1]

Governing body[edit]

The governing body is the Nigerian Rugby Football Federation.


Rugby union was first introduced into Nigeria by the British empire. For a number of years the game was dominated by white settlers and expatriates, and to an extent, a number of expatriate oil workers still play there.

A number of Nigerian people have emigrated to the UK, and there is even a London Nigerian Rugby Club.[2]

Notable players[edit]

A number of notable England players were born or raised in Nigeria, including:

Bright Sodje who formerly played for Wakefield RFC and current England international Maro Itoje are also of Nigerian background.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ accessed 20 September 2015
  2. ^