Bulgaria
Shirt badge/Association crest
UnionBulgarian Rugby Federation
Head coachRomain Balmisse (FRA)
CaptainPetar Nikolov
First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current59 (as of 16 January 2023)
Lowest66 (4 April 2022)
First international
 Bulgaria 3 - 70 Romania 
(1963-5-20)
Biggest win
 Bulgaria 71 - 7 Serbia 
(2019-10-12)
Biggest defeat
 Bulgaria 0 - 100 Romania 
(1976-9-21)

The Bulgaria national rugby union team is governed by the Bulgarian Rugby Federation, and has yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

The national side is ranked 59th in the world (as of 16 January 2023).[1]

History

Main article: rugby union in Bulgaria

Bulgaria played their first rugby international in 1963, where they met Romania. They were defeated by the Romanians, 70-3. There was no qualifying tournament held for the first Rugby World Cup, and Bulgaria did not attempt to qualify for the tournament until the Welsh hosted the 1999 Rugby World Cup. They competed in Pool 2 of Round A, but did not advance to the next stage.

Bulgaria again tried to qualify for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, and competed in Pool B of Round 1. Although Bulgaria won one pool match, they did not advance to Round 2. For the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Bulgaria were able to advance past Round 1, and entered Pool D of Round 2. However, they were then knocked out of the qualifying tournament.

World Cup record

World Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 Did not enter
South Africa 1995
Wales 1999 Did not qualify
Australia 2003
France 2007
New Zealand 2011
England 2015
Japan 2019
Total 0/9 - - - - - -

Recent Squad

Previous squad

Squad to 2019 European Nations Cup - Division 2D.[2]

See also

References

  1. ^ "Men's Rankings | World Rugby". Archived from the original on 2019-08-18. Retrieved 2019-07-30.
  2. ^ "Official RWC 2015 Site". Archived from the original on 2014-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-15.