Lebanese Rugby Union Federation
SportRugby union
Founded2009 (2009)
World Rugby affiliation2018 (associate) [1]
Asia affiliation2009 (associate); 2012 (member)

The Lebanese Rugby Union Federation, a national sports association based in Beirut, is the governing body for rugby union in Lebanon. The origins of the game in the country date back to at least 1995 with the formation of the Beirut Phoenicians club,[2] but it was not until 2005 that the Lebanese Ministry of Sport officially recognized it as a sport.[2] Lebanon became an associate member of the now-defunct Arabian Gulf Rugby Football Union in 2007, before joining the ARFU (now known as Asia Rugby) as an associate member in December 2009.[3][4] It attained full membership in Asia by 2013,[5] and associate status with World Rugby in 2018.[1]

It administers all aspects of the game in Lebanon, both 15-a-side and 7-a-side, among men and women of all age groups in the country. This includes managing the Lebanese national teams as well as training players, including children and youth.[6][7]



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  2. ^ a b "History". lruf.org. Archived from the original on 2017-05-14. Retrieved 2017-05-14.
  3. ^ "Asia's best target RWC 2011 place". rugbyworldcup.com. Archived from the original on 2010-04-04. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  4. ^ "Rugby's inclusion in Lebanon's sports world is slow but sure". dailystar.com.lb. Archived from the original on 2013-12-15. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  5. ^ "Membership". Asian Rugby Football Union. 2013-10-27. Archived from the original on 2013-10-27.
  6. ^ "Lebanese rugby: a lesson in sportsmanship". dailystar.com.lb. Archived from the original on 2011-08-18. Retrieved 2011-10-29.
  7. ^ "Lebanese Rugby Union promote youth program". dailystar.com.lb. Archived from the original on 2011-10-19. Retrieved 2011-10-29.