Cameroon
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Indomitable Lions
UnionFédération Camerounaise de Rugby
Head coachPhilippe Saint-André
First colours
World Rugby ranking
Current107 (as of 29 January 2024)
Highest101 (23 November 2020)
First international
 Cameroon 24-25  Zambia
(28 July 2001)
Biggest win
 Cameroon 81–0 Mauritania 
(10 October 2003)
Biggest defeat
 Kenya 76–8 Cameroon 
(13 July 2008)

The Cameroon national rugby union team (French: Equipe du Cameroun du Rugby XV), also known as the Indomitable Lions,[a] represents Cameroon in the sport of rugby union. They are ranked as a tier-three nation by the International Rugby Board (IRB). Cameroon have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have competed in qualifying tournaments. Cameroon also compete annually in the Africa Cup.

History

In 2001 Cameroon played in the African qualification tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia. Grouped in Pool A of Round 1, along with Uganda and Zambia. Cameroon lost their first match by one point, 25-24 to Zambia, but then defeated Uganda 17 to nil. Cameroon finished first in the final standings, advancing to Round 2.

In Round 2 Cameroon faced both Kenya and Madagascar. In their first match, Cameroon lost to Madagascar. They finished third in the standings after then losing to Kenya.

Cameroon participated in the African qualifying tournament for the 2007 Rugby World Cup, playing in the Northern Pool of Round 1a, along with Senegal and Nigeria. Cameroon finished second in the final standings after narrowly losing to Senegal, and defeating Nigeria. They also competed in the 2006 Africa Cup.

Record

World Cup

World Cup record
Year Qualification status
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Not invited
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991 did not enter
South Africa 1995 did not enter
Wales 1999 did not enter
Australia 2003 did not qualify
France 2007 did not qualify
New Zealand 2011 did not qualify
England 2015 Withdrew
Japan 2019 did not qualify
France 2023

Overall

As of 11 December 2012 their record against all nations is as follows:[2]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
 Burkina Faso 1 0 1 0 0%
 Burundi 1 1 0 0 100%
 Ghana 1 0 1 0 0%
 Ivory Coast 1 0 1 0 0%
 Kenya 4 0 4 0 0%
 Madagascar 1 0 1 0 0%
 Mali 1 1 0 0 100%
 Mauritania 1 1 0 0 100%
 Morocco 3 0 3 0 0%
 Nigeria 2 2 0 0 100%
 South Africa Amateurs 1 0 1 0 0%
 Senegal 4 0 4 0 0%
 Togo 1 1 0 0 100%
 Tunisia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Uganda 2 1 1 0 50%
 Zambia 3 2 1 0 66.6%
Total 27 9 18 0 33.33%

See also

Footnotes

  1. ^ Most of the national sporting teams in Cameroon go by this name, including the Cameroon national rugby league team.[1]

References

  1. ^ Campton, Nick (5 September 2022). "The last hunt of Carol Manga, rugby league's indomitable lion of Cameroon". ABC News. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 5 September 2022.
  2. ^ "International Rugby Union Statistics: Cameroon". Rugbydata.com. Retrieved 8 July 2011.