List of international rugby union teams

The following is a list of international rugby union teams:

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 are classified based on "their development status and record on the international stage". The new structure is:[1]

High performanceEdit

All countries previously in Tiers 1 and 2.

Development OneEdit

These are countries earmarked for increased developmental funding and include:


The IRB did not release a list of unions in this category, but named several as World Cup hopefuls being in this band:


North-South American
  Bosnia and Herzegovina
  Czech Republic
  British Virgin Islands[2]
  Cayman Islands[2]
  Costa Rica[3]
  Saint Lucia[2]
  Saint Vincent and the Grenadines[2]
  Trinidad and Tobago[2]
  Burkina Faso
  Chinese Taipei
  South Korea
  United Arab Emirates
  American Samoa
  Cook Islands
  Papua New Guinea
  Solomon Islands

World Rugby associates in italics

Other teamsEdit

Rugby Africa teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Asia Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Rugby Europe teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Rugby Americas North teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Oceania Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Sudamerica Rugby teams not affiliated to World Rugby

Teams with affiliation suspended or without affiliation

Multinational teamsEdit

  • There was 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 played during the early 1990s.

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 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.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Rugby Americas North Member
  3. ^ a b c d e f g Sudamérica Rugby Member