Rugby union in Guam
|Rugby union in Guam|
|Governing body||Guam Rugby Football Union|
|Registered players||527 (124 teenage)|
The governing body is the Guam Rugby Football Union.
Rugby came to Guam via three separate streams, firstly, through the visits of British, New Zealand and Australian sailors; secondly, through the American presence, which has been there from the turn of the twentieth century; and thirdly through contact with neighbouring Pacific islands, where the game is popular. Guam has also had a long running, but sometimes tempestuous, relationship with Japan. It is not known if the forces of the Japanese occupation in WWII played the game at all there, but certainly, a large number Japanese retirees have also taken an interest in promoting the game.
Modern rugby in Guam, really dates from the 1970s, however.
In 2003, a full-time development officer was employed, and in 2004, the game was officially introduced into schools.
The main rugby ground is the Wettengel Football Field.
Guam takes part in the Pacific Asia region of the Asian Five Nations.