Kazakhstan national rugby union team

The Kazakh national rugby union team represents Kazakhstan in the Rugby Union. The team has been classified by the International Rugby Board (IRB ) as a national of the third category ( third tier) and has not participated in any World Cup.

Kazakhstan belongs to Japan and South Korea among the strongest national rugby union teams in Asia, and currently is in the IRB world rankings to 25th place. (Updated: May 24, 2010)


Kazakhstan's history in rugby union is quite young. So was the first international game of a national team until 1994 instead. The game against Georgia ended with a 5:17 defeat.

In the first round of qualifying for the Rugby Union World Cup 2003, the team with China and Sri Lanka had to measure, the first game was lost against the Chinese with 15:57. Consequently, it was also the victory with 20:14 against Sri Lanka not help the team and the Kazakh selection was eliminated.

The team signed up to qualify for the Rugby Union World Cup 2007. After three wins against India with 36:22 against Malaysia with 48:3 and 51:6 against Guam with the team was first in the group. In the crucial comparison against the other group winners Sri Lanka Kazakhstan came to a 25:19 victory and a 12:24 defeat and resigned in the qualifier early.

In November 2007, the Kazakh team won the last host the Asia Cup, which was held in Colombo, Sri Lanka. In the final, the hosts were defeated with 24:19. However, the team benefited from staying away of the Japanese. Thus, Kazakhstan became the last champions of Asia before the Asian Five Nations have replaced the Asian Cup in 2008. With this victory, the Kazakh team reached the 32nd place in the IRB world rankings.

Kazakhstan took part in the Asian Five Nations 2008. The team finished after three defeats and one victory against Arabia with 56:27 to fourth place. Against Japan, there were doing with 6:82 until then heaviest defeat in the history of the Kazakh rugby. The Kazakh goalkeeper Maxim Lifontow was the best scorer of the tournament with 55 points scored.

By the fourth place, the choice of Kazakhstan for the Asian Five Nations 2009. Qualified Against Japan, there was 10:87 with again a historic defeat. However, in the second game, the team caused an upset in which they beat the favored South Koreans in Almaty with 30:27, thus climbed the Kazakh team on the 29th place in the IRB world rankings, which until then best finish in the history the Kazakh Rugby meant. After successes in Singapore with 22:19 and at the Central Stadium Almaty to Hong Kong with 25:6 the team took second place in the A5N in 2009 and captured the 27th Rank in the IRB world rankings.

At the Asian Five Nations 2010, the Kazakh team suffered two defeats against Japan with 7:101 and against Hong Kong with 15:19. In addition Arabia were beaten with 43:28 and 32:25 with South Korea. Consequence Meanwhile reached the team to second place in the final table and the 25th place in the IRB world rankings, which means the highest ranking in the history of the Kazakh rugby. With this second place, the team for the playoffs the Barrage Round, whose winner gets to participate in the 2011 World Cup qualifying. On 17 July 2010, the team was defeated in Montevideo the favored team from Uruguay with 7:44 and was eliminated from qualification.


Participation in World Championships

Known player

  • Maxim Lifontow
  • Anton Rudoy