Rugby union in Belarus

Rugby union in Belarus[1] is a minor but growing sport. They are currently affiliated to FIRA-AER.

Governing body

The governing body are affiliated to FIRA-AER.


Soviet Period

Rugby union was played in the Russian Empire as early as in 1908. In 1934 the Moscow Championship was started.

In October, 1935, it is recorded that the Russian capital Moscow played the Belarussian capital Minsk, and won 6-0.[2]

The first Soviet Championship took place in 1936, and there was another in 1939.[3] In 1937, there was an unofficial All-Union competition in which two Moscow based teams played ones from Minsk and Gorky.[2]

In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.[4]

Belarus had its own rugby team in the USSR, but it was not treated as a proper national side.


Since the breakup of the USSR, Belarussian rugby has declined greatly. There is at least one club active, RC Vepry Minsk, but no real international competition, and there appears to be no national team.

See also

  • Belarus national rugby union team
  • Belarus women's national rugby union team
  • Belarus national rugby union team (sevens)
  • Belarus women's national rugby union team (sevens)


External links

  • (Russian) RC Vepry Minsk
  • (Russian) Регби в Минске (Беларусь)
  • (Russian) История развития регби в Беларуси
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