Rugby union in Kazakhstan
|Rugby union in Kazakhstan|
|Governing body||Kazakhstan Rugby Union|
|Registered players||2,465 |
The national body is the Kazakhstan Rugby Union.
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.
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.  This was unfortunately also their worst loss, 82-6.