Rugby union in Tunisia
|Rugby union in Tunisia|
|Governing body||Fédération Tunisienne de Rugby|
|Registered players||15057 |
The Fédération Tunisienne de Rugby was founded in 1972, and affiliated to the IRFB in 1988.
Like rugby union in Morocco, and many of the other North African countries, Tunisian rugby is a legacy of French colonialism after the First World War. Like many other Maghrebi nations, Tunisian rugby tended to look to Europe for inspiration, rather than to the rest of Africa.
Tunisian rugby also suffers from two other problems - the climate, and the fact that Tunisia does not tend to produce "big men".
The Tunisian game made huge strides during the 80s and 90s, thanks to the intelligent leadership and direction of Dr Bouraoui Regaya. In 1989, they entered a national team into the Hong Kong Sevens for the first time.
Tunisia's traditional rivals are Morocco, but they tend to be beaten by them. This is partly because Tunisia has around half the number of registered players that Morocco does.
Tunisia is a founder member of the Confederation of African Rugby (CAR), which was launched officially in January 1986, in Tunis. Rugby officials from Morocco, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Tanzania, Kenya, the Seychelles and Madagascar attended.
- IRB Tunisia page
- (Arabic) & (French) Official union page
- Tunisia edge closer to Rugby World cup 2011
- CAR Tunisia page
- Tunisia – Winners of Tangiers Sevens 2008
- Tunisia beat Namibia
- "Islam and Rugby" on the Rugby Readers review
- (French) Archives du Rugby: Tunisie
- Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5)
- IRb.com retrieved 3 July 2009
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p76
- http://wesclark.com/rrr/islamic_rugby.html "Islam and Rugby" on the Rugby Readers review retrieved 2 July 2009
- McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989), p 70
- http://carugby.com/history/ History of the CAR, retrieved 24 June 2009