Rugby Americas North
EstablishedMarch 2001; 22 years ago (2001-03) (as NAWIRA)
2010 (as NACRA)
TypeSports orginastion
HeadquartersTortola, British Virgin Islands
Region served
North America and the Caribbean[a]
19 member unions
Official language
Miguel Carner
General Manager
Niall Brooks
Chief Executive Officer
Dan Payne
Main organ
Board of Directors
Parent organization
World Rugby
Formerly called
  • North America and West Indies Rugby Association (2001–2008)
  • North America Caribbean Rugby Association (2009–2014)

Rugby Americas North, abbreviated as RAN, is the governing body for rugby union in the North American continental region. Rugby Americas North operates under the authority of World Rugby, and is one of six regional unions represented within it.

Prior to 2016, the organisation was known as NACRA – the North America Caribbean Rugby Association. The preceding body before 2010 was NAWIRA – the North America and West Indies Rugby Association.

The main objective of RAN is the promotion and development of rugby in North America and the Caribbean. The association unveiled a four-year plan during the 2011 Annual General Meeting to grow rugby within its membership unions through promotion, media output and competition.[2]

World Rugby's 40-member executive council includes two seats for RAN representatives, two seats for Canada, and one for the United States. By contrast to RAN's five votes on the World Rugby executive council, European countries have 16 votes.[clarification needed]


RAN oversees regional competitions, such as regional qualifiers for Pan Am Games and Rugby World Cups including:




RAN is governed by a board of five executives. The USA, Canada and Mexico are fixed representatives, while the Caribbean countries elect two nations for delegation.[2] In November 2021 RAN announced changes to its executive committee following its 2021 Annual General Meeting in Miami. George Nicholson was appointed as the new President and Dr. Araba Chintoh and Miguel Carner as Vice Presidents.[3]

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Player registration

Former NACRA logo.

Countries within North America, as of 2010, account for 128,828 rugby players:[4] with the largest number of players from:

  1. United States (88,151)
  2. Canada (23,853)
  3. Trinidad and Tobago (5,060)
  4. Mexico (3,454)

Member unions

As of November 2017 Rugby Americas North has 14 full members and 6 associate members:[5][6]

Regional unions (including former affiliates) without current RAN recognition:[7]


^a Denotes associate member of RAN not affiliated with World Rugby.[8]

^b The governing body is the French Rugby Federation which has territorial committees for overseas departments and territories.[9]

World Rugby Rankings

World Cup qualifying

Rugby Americas North nations participate in qualifying tournaments for the Rugby World Cup every four years. Two Rugby Americas North nations –Canada and United States – have qualified to play in Rugby World Cups.

Edition Automatically qualified Qualified via competition Qualified via repechage Eliminated in


Eliminated at

final stage

1987  Canada

 United States

1991  Canada

 United States

1995  Canada  United States
1999  Canada

 United States

2003  Canada  United States
2007  Canada

 United States

2011  Canada

 United States

2015  Canada

 United States

2019  Canada

 United States

2023  United States  Canada

See also


  1. ^ Includes Guyana and French Guiana.


  1. ^ "About Rugby Americas North".
  2. ^ a b Learning More About NACRA. Rugby Canada,18 July 2012.[dead link]
  3. ^ Kelly, Bryan (2021-11-19). "RUGBY AMERICAS NORTH ANNOUNCES CHANGES TO EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE". Rugby Americas North. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  4. ^ "Year in Review" (PDF). IRB. 2010. p. 10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-11-03.
  5. ^ "Full members". Rugby Americas North. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  6. ^ "Associate members". Rugby Americas North. Archived from the original on 16 November 2017. Retrieved 16 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Affiliated Unions". NACRA. 2011. Archived from the original on 4 July 2013.
  8. ^ "Handbook" (PDF). World Rugby. 2014. pp. 16–10. Archived from the original (PDF) on 8 February 2015. Retrieved 28 January 2015.
  9. ^ "The Committee". Guadeloupe Rugby. Retrieved 31 January 2015.
  10. ^ "The World Rugby Men's Ranking". World Rugby. 2 January 2023. Retrieved 2 January 2023.
  11. ^ "The World Rugby Women's Ranking". World Rugby. 2 January 2023. Retrieved 2 January 2023.