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Rugby India, founded in 1998, is the sole governing body for the sport of Rugby in India. Recognized by the Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sport, Govt. of India, Rugby India is a full member of World Rugby, Asia Rugby and the Indian Olympic Association (IOA). The body is responsible for the growth & development of the sport of Rugby across the country from the grassroots to the high-performance level.

IRFU is the sole governing body of all formats of the sport of Rugby in India for all genders and ages. The formats included are as follows: Rugby Union, Fifteen-a-Side Rugby, Seven-a-Side Rugby, 10-a-Side Rugby, 12-a-Side Rugby, Touch Rugby, Non-Contact Rugby – Tag Rugby, Flag Rugby, Beach Rugby, Snow Rugby, Wheelchair Rugby, Underwater Rugby.

Rugby has been included in the School Games Federation of India (SGFI) for all age-groups (U14, U17 & U19 boys & girls) and the National University Games for both Men & Women, under the aegis of the Association of Indian Universities (AIU). 

For ease of functioning and development, geographically, the IRFU consists of 26-member State Associations and Units, each of which are responsible to promote and grow the sport in their respective states and units.

History and Origin

1871
Rugby Football was played in Calcutta and Madras.
1872
First recorded match between England and Combined team from Ireland, Scotland and Wales.
1872
First recorded tournament – CALCUTTA CUP.
1924
Established the All India & South Asia Rugby Tournament.
1998
First National 15s team (Men) played their first international match in Singapore.
1999
World Rugby & Asia Rugby membership.
1999
First National 7s team (Men) played their first international match in Sri Lanka.
2001
Indian Rugby Football Union was incorporated.
2004
National 15s Men’s Team won the first international match against Pakistan in Hong Kong.
2006
Indian Men’s team qualified for the Asian Games.
2009
First National 7s team (Women) was formed.
2010
Men’s Team qualified for the Commonwealth Games / Indian Men & Women’s team both qualified for the Asian Games.
2012
Indian Men’s team (15s) won the Gold Medal at the Asia Rugby Division-3 Championship.
2019
Indian Women’s team won the first international Match against Singapore in Manila, Philippines.
2021
The National U18 Girls team won the Silver Medal at the Asia Rugby U18 Championship in Uzbekistan
2022
The Senior National Women’s team wins the Silver Medal at the Asia Rugby Sevens Trophy in Jakarta. The National U18 Girls team win the Silver Medal at the Asia Rugby U18 Championship in Kathmandu, Nepal. The National U20 Girls team win the Silver Medal at the Asia Rugby U20 Championship in Uzbekistan. Indian Men team (15’s) win Gold Medal at the Asia Rugby Division-3 South Championship in Kolkata.

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