Bulgaria national rugby union team

The Bulgaria national rugby union team is governed by the Bulgarian Rugby Federation, and has yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

Bulgaria
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UnionBulgarian Rugby Federation
Coach(es)Romain Balmisse (FRA)
Captain(s)Petar Nikolov
Team kit
First international
 Bulgaria 3 - 70 Romania 
(1963-5-20)
Largest win
 Bulgaria 71 - 7 Serbia 
(2019-10-12)
Largest defeat
 Bulgaria 0 - 100 Romania 
(1976-9-21)

The national side is ranked 87th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[1]

HistoryEdit

Bulgaria played their first rugby international in 1963, where they met Romania. They were defeated by the Romanians, 70-3. There was no qualifying tournament held for the first Rugby World Cup, and Bulgaria did not attempt to qualify for the tournament until the Welsh hosted the 1999 Rugby World Cup. They competed in Pool 2 of Round A, but did not advance to the next stage.

Bulgaria again tried to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, and competed in Pool B of Round 1. Although Bulgaria won one pool match, they did not advance to Round 2. For the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Bulgaria were able to advance past Round 1, and entered Pool D of Round 2. However, they were then knocked out of the qualifying tournament.

World Cup recordEdit

World Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
   1987 Not invited
    1991 Did not enter
  1995
  1999 Did not qualify
  2003
  2007
  2011
  2015
  2019
Total 0/9 - - - - - -

OverallEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 25 November 2019[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.19
2     New Zealand 092.11
3     England 088.82
4     Wales 085.02
5     Ireland 084.45
6     Australia 081.90
7     France 080.88
8     Japan 079.28
9     Scotland 079.23
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Italy 072.04
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Georgia 071.26
15     Samoa 070.72
16     Spain 068.15
17     United States 068.10
18     Uruguay 067.41
19     Romania 066.69
20     Russia 063.09
21     Hong Kong 061.25
22     Canada 061.12
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Portugal 061.01
25     Netherlands 060.08
26     Brazil 058.89
27     Belgium 055.74
28     Germany 054.64
29     Chile 053.83
30     South Korea 053.11
*Change from the previous week


Current squadEdit

Squad to 2016 European Nations Cup - Division 2D.[3]

See alsoEdit

External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  2. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 12 November 2019.
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-15.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)