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Rugby union in Kazakhstan

Rugby union in Kazakhstan
Country Kazakhstan
Governing body Kazakhstan Rugby Union
National team Kazakhstan
Registered players 2,465 [1]
Clubs 21
National competitions

Rugby union in Kazakhstan is a fairly popular sport. As of June, 2009, they are ranked 27th by the IRB, 2335 registered players, and twenty clubs.[2]

Governing body

The national body is the Kazakhstan Rugby Union.


Soviet Period

Rugby union was played in the Russian Empire as early as in 1908. In 1934 the Moscow Championship was started, and in 1936 the first Soviet Championship took place.

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.[3]

Kazakhstan had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.


Kazakhstan is arguably the most successful ex-Soviet rugby nation aside from Georgia and Russia (who have both qualified for the Rugby World Cup).

The Kazakhstan women's national rugby union team played their first international against Germany in 1993, which they lost by one point, 11-10. The female team also takes part in the ARFU Women's Rugby Championship.

Rugby continues to be moderately popular. The Japan-Kazakhstan Asian Five Nations game in Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty was attended by 6,000 people. [4] This was unfortunately also their worst loss, 82-6.

See also


  1. ^
  2. ^ retrieved 28th June, 2009
  3. ^ Rugby union in Russia and USSR (Russian)
  4. ^

External links

  • Official site
  • IRB Kazakhstan page
  • Asian Rugby Football Union
  • Rugby in Asia Kazakhstan page
  • Kazakh eyes are smiling (Daily Telegraph)
  • Rugby Readers review"Islam and Rugby" on the
  • Tries and Tribulations
  • Luke O'Callaghan's Blog about Kazakhstan Rugby
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