List of international rugby union teams

The following is a list of international rugby union teams:

Multinational teamsEdit

Combination sidesEdit

  • There is also a West Indies side, which first toured when the Caribbean Rugby Union sent a team (managed by Gavin Clark) to tour England in 1976. Their last tour was also to England in October and November 2000.
  • The Commonwealth of Independent States also played during the early 1990s.
  • World XV sides have also been fielded nine times between 1977 and 2014.

Invitation sidesEdit

Other invitational sides past and present include:

National teams – tier classificationEdit

The sport's international governing body, World Rugby (formerly the International Rugby Board), organises its member unions into three tiers.[1] All Tier 1 and 2 nations have competed in the Rugby World Cup (RWC).

Tier 1Edit

Nation Rank range
(best–worst)
Competition
  New Zealand 1–3 Rugby Championship
  South Africa 1–7 Rugby Championship
  England 1–8 Six Nations
  Wales 1–10 Six Nations
  Ireland 1–9 Six Nations
  Australia 2–7 Rugby Championship
  France 2–10 Six Nations
  Argentina 3–12 Rugby Championship
  Scotland 5–12 Six Nations
  Italy 8–15 Six Nations

Tier 2Edit

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
Oceanian
countries
  Georgia
  Portugal
  Romania
  Russia
  Spain
  Canada[2]
  United States[2]
  Uruguay[3]
  Namibia   Japan   Fiji
  Samoa
  Tonga

Tier 3Edit

Development OneEdit

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
  Belgium
  Germany
  Brazil[3]
  Chile[3]
  Ivory Coast
  Kenya
  Zimbabwe
  Hong Kong
  Malaysia
  South Korea

Development TwoEdit

European
countries
North-South American
countries
African
countries
Asian
countries
Oceanian
countries
  Andorra
  Armenia
  Austria
  Azerbaijan
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Bulgaria
  Croatia
  Czech Republic
  Denmark
  Finland
  Greece
  Hungary
  Israel
  Latvia
  Lithuania
  Luxembourg
  Malta
  Montenegro
  Moldova
  Monaco
  Netherlands
  Norway
  Poland
  Serbia
  Slovenia
  Sweden
   Switzerland
  Ukraine
  Bahamas[2]
  Barbados[2]
  Bermuda[2]
  British Virgin Islands[2]
  Cayman Islands[2]
  Colombia[3]
  Costa Rica[3]
  Curaçao[2]
  Dominican Republic[2]
  Ecuador[3]
  El Salvador[3]
  Guatemala[3]
  Guyana[2]
  Honduras[3]
  Jamaica[2]
  Martinique[2]
  Mexico[2]
  Nicaragua[3]
  Panama[3]
  Paraguay[3]
  Peru[3]
  Saint Lucia[2]
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[2]
  Trinidad and Tobago[2]
  Turks and Caicos Islands[2]
  Venezuela[3]
  Botswana
  Burundi
  Cameroon
  Egypt
  Eswatini
  Ghana
  Madagascar
  Mali
  Mauritania
  Mauritius
  Morocco
  Nigeria
  Rwanda
  Senegal
  Tanzania
  Togo
  Tunisia
  Uganda
  Zambia
  Bahrain
  Cambodia
  China
  Chinese Taipei
  Guam
  India
  Indonesia
  Kazakhstan
  Kyrgyzstan
  Laos
  Lebanon
  Mongolia
  Pakistan
  Philippines
  Qatar
  Singapore
  Sri Lanka
  Thailand
  United Arab Emirates
  Uzbekistan
  American Samoa
  Cook Islands
  Niue
  Papua New Guinea
  Solomon Islands
  Tahiti
  Vanuatu

National teams – band classificationEdit

Starting in 2008, in addition to the existing tier system, the IRB introduced a four-band system of classification in which unions and, by extension, teams are classified based on "their development status and record on the international stage". The new structure is:[4]

High performanceEdit

All countries previously in Tiers 1 and 2.

Development OneEdit

These are countries earmarked for increased developmental funding and include

TargetedEdit

Again, the IRB did not release a list of unions in this category, but named several as being in this band:

DevelopmentalEdit

This is the location for all remaining unions.

Other teamsEdit

Defunct national sidesEdit

Various national sides have ceased to exist for political reasons. In the case of the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia, there is more than one successor team. In the case of Catalonia, the Spanish Civil War and Franco's crackdown put an end to it, and in the case of East and West Germany, reunification led to their amalgamation into a single German side.

* For more information on these teams see above.

Women's rugbyEdit

Defunct women's national sidesEdit

Invitation sidesEdit

Notes and referencesEdit

  1. ^ "IRB Strategic Plan" (PDF). International Rugby Board. 2014. Archived from the original (PDF 0.3 MB) on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 9 June 2013.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q Rugby Americas North Member
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n Sudamérica Rugby Member
  4. ^ "IRB announces increased funding for the game" (Press release). International Rugby Board. 25 January 2008. Archived from the original on 13 November 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2008.