Timeline of foundation of national rugby unions

Timeline of foundation of national rugby unions

This timeline lists the foundation dates of the national governing bodies for rugby union—known as rugby unions or federations. The first union was the Rugby Football Union (RFU) that was founded in 1871 to govern rugby union within England. It was founded following the first ever rugby union international, played between England and Scotland in 1871. The Scottish Football Union (later renamed the Scottish Rugby Union) was then founded in 1873, the Irish Rugby Football Union in 1879 and the Welsh Rugby Union in 1880.


*1871 (English) Rugby Football Union (RFU)
*1873 Scottish Rugby Union
*1874 Southern (Australian) Rugby Union (later New South Wales Rugby Union)
*1879 Irish Rugby Football Union (a merger of two Irish unions both formed in 1874)
*1880 Welsh Rugby Union
*1883 Northern (Australian) Rugby Union (later Queensland Rugby Union)
*1889 South African Rugby Board (merged with South African Rugby Union in 1992 to form South African Rugby Football Union; merged body renamed South African Rugby Union in 2005)
*1892 New Zealand Rugby Football Union
*1895 Rhodesia Rugby Football Union (Zimbabwe RU after 1980)cite web|url=http://www.zimsevensrugby.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=93&Itemid=50 |title=THE HISTORY OF ZIMBABWE RUGBY |publisher=zimsevensrugby.com |accessdate=2007-12-13]
*1895 Northern Rugby Football Union
*1899 Argentine Rugby Unioncite web| url=http://www.uar.com.ar/union_momentos.htm |title=HECHOS SALIENTES DE LA HISTORIA DEL RUGBY INTERNACIONAL Y NACIONAL |publisher=uar.com.ar |accessdate=2007-12-13 |language=Spanish]
*1900 German Rugby Federation
*1913 Fiji Rugby Union (founded as Fiji Rugby Football Union)
*1919 French Rugby Federation
*1922 Catalan Rugby Federation
*1923 Spanish Rugby Federation
*1923 Tonga Rugby Football Union
*1923 Samoa Rugby Football Union
*1926 Japan Rugby Football Union
*1928 Italian Rugby Federation
*1931 Romanian Rugby Federation
*1949 Australian Rugby Union
*1951 Uruguay Rugby Union
*1961 Cote d’Ivoire Rugby Federation
*1964 Georgia Rugby Union
*1965 Rugby Canada (founded as Canadian Rugby Union)
*1975 USA Rugby (founded as United States of America Rugby Football Union)
*1990 Namibia Rugby Union
*1992 Austrian Rugby Union
*1992 South African Rugby Union (founded as South Africa Rugby Football Union, a merger of the white South African Rugby Board and the non-racial South African Rugby Union; adopted current name in 2005)

ee also

*History of rugby union
*International Rugby Board

References and notes

External links

*cite web| url=http://www.irb.com/unions/index.html |title=Unions |publisher=irb.com |accessdate=2007-12-13

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