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THE NIGERIA RUGBY FOOTBALL FEDERATION

The Nigeria Rugby Football Federation (NRFF) is the governing body for the rugby union in Nigeria. It is affiliated with the Nigeria Olympic CommitteeRugby Africa, and World Rugby.

The NRFF is constituted with a democratic board headed by President; Kelechukwu Mbagwu and Vice President; Grace Iyorhe who have been elected to run the affairs of rugby in Nigeria.

The Nigeria national rugby union team represents Nigeria in the men’s international rugby union. They compete in the Africa Cup 7’s. Nigeria has won some trophies such as the Inaugural Ghana-Nigeria Presidents Cup.

THE GROWTH

Between 2016 and 2017, Nigeria recorded the quickest growth in the total number of players with an increase in registration growth by +282% between 2012-2017. Nigeria Rugby Football Federation made a commitment to increase participation in the sport from the Igbo-speaking South-East and the Niger-Delta region of South-South hence, leading to the fact that there are more professional teams in the union from the zones.

Nigeria participated in the regional event hosted and won by Ivory Coast in a tournament organized to act as a qualifier for the 2020 Olympics in Japan. Nigeria is second in the top five African countries where the average penetration of rugby fans calculated is 35% versus a global average of 23%.