Zimbabwe national rugby union team
The Zimbabwean rugby union team represents Zimbabwe in the sport of Rugby Union. It belongs to the third class strength ( third tier ) and took part in two World Cups so far, but where they could not win a game.
The history of rugby in what is now Zimbabwe began in the late 19th century, when Britain colonized Rhodesia. 1894, founded the oldest club in the country, Queens and the Bulawayo Athletic Club. A year later the association Rhodesia Rugby Football Union was formed. 1898 came the first time a selection of some clubs in the country to South Africa. The first international match played Rhodesia in 1910 against the British Lions in Bulawayo. In 1928, the team played its first match against New Zealand and lost with 8:44. In the following decades, Southern Rhodesia met in several lots on South Africa, the Lions and New Zealand and was beaten in most games. The heyday of the Southern Rhodesian rugby followed in the 1970s, when some players were allowed to play for the " Springboks " and the country had about 50 clubs.
1980, named the bandage around in Zimbabwe Rugby Union. The first game under a new name denied the national team on July 7, 1981 against Kenya, which could win with 34:24. In 1987, the team to the first World Cup was invited and there lost all three group games. In the first game against Romania Zimbabwe narrowly missed a win with 20:21. For the 1991 World Series, the team failed to qualify, suffered there, however, three significant defeats.
Since the professionalization of sport Zimbabwe failed to qualify for any other WM. The best players in the country have since been poached by larger nations such as South Africa or Australia and leave their home country in order to be able to play at a professional level. There are only a few clubs and the country's infrastructure leaves no competitive league play to.
Results at World Championships
- World Cup 1987: Preliminary Round ( no win )
- World Cup 1991: Preliminary round (no win)
- World Cup 1995: not qualified
- World Cup 1999: not qualified
- World Cup 2003: not qualified
- World Cup 2007: first qualifying round
- World Cup 2011: first qualifying round