Rugby union in Norway
|Rugby union in Norway|
Norway was the last of the three Scandinavian countries to take up rugby. However, amongst the Nordic Countries, it is by no means the weakest, as it is a more recent introduction to Finland, and has no presence in the other three nations. A major problem though, is the climate, which means that many pitches may be under snow for large parts of the year. Serious interest in the game began in the 1960s.
For many years, Oslo RFC was the most northerly rugby club in the world. During the mid-1980s, Oslo RFC's nearest opposition in Norway was Stavanger, a round trip of 685 miles. Their nearest club was Karlstad RFC in Sweden a round trip of 310 miles.
Rugby has a much longer standing in neighbouring Sweden and Denmark, which have a combined figure of around 10,000 registered players, and it has been introduced there. Rugby union is also played in neighbouring Shetland, and visitors from there have toured Norway, including people from the British military bases and ships there.
- Erik Lund, Leeds Carnegie and captain of Norway
- Magnus Lund, brother of Erik, Sale Sharks, Biarritz Olympique Pays Basque, and England
- (in French) Archives du Rugby: Norvege
- Cotton, Fran (Ed.) (1984) The Book of Rugby Disasters & Bizarre Records. Compiled by Chris Rhys. London. Century Publishing. ISBN 0-7126-0911-3
- Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5)
- "Rugby" on Store norske leksikon
- Cotton, p18
- Store norske Leksikon
- Bath, p72