Rugby union in Turkmenistan
In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.
Turkmenistan had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.
Rugby in Turkmenistan has received help from Kazakhstan, which is the rugby "power" in Central Asia. There is now a Turkmenistan national rugby union team, but it is very much embryonic, and its matches have tended to be semi-formal.
- Rugby union in Russia and USSR (Russian)
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