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Zambia national rugby union team

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Zambia national rugby union team is a third tier rugby union side representing Zambia. They first played in 1975 and now compete on an annual basis in the Africa Cup. They have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup.

Rugby union in Zambia is administered by the Zambian Rugby Union. One of the greatest rugby union players of all-time and the world's second most capped international player with 139 caps for Australia, Australian player George Gregan, was born in Lusaka, Zambia in 1973. Springbok Corne Krige was also born in Lusaka, to a white Zambian family.

World Cup Record

Zambia were not invited to the original world cup in 1987 in New Zealand. They did not enter the first two tournaments that were open to qualification in 1991 and 1995. They first attempted to qualify for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Between then and RWC 2011 qualification attempts have been very unsuccessful, with elimination coming in the 1st Round every time. The most successful attempt was for the RWC 2007 were they got through their group as winners only to be beaten by Senegal in a playoff for a place in Round 2.

Overall Results

Nation Games Won Lost Drawn Percentage of wins
23x15px Botswana 4 3 1 0 75.00%
Template:Country data KEN 4 1 3 0 25.00%
23x15px Uganda 3 1 2 0 33.33%
23x15px Zimbabwe 3 1 2 0 33.33%
23x15px East Africa 3 1 2 0 33.33%
23x15px Cameroon 2 1 1 0 50.00%
23x15px Namibia 2 0 2 0 0.00%
23x15px Senegal 2 0 2 0 0.00%
23x15px Swaziland 2 1 1 0 50.00%
 Arabian Gulf 1 0 1 0 0.00%
23x15px Ivory Coast 1 0 1 0 0.00%
23x15px Madagascar 1 0 1 0 0.00%
23x15px Mauritius 1 0 1 0 0.00%
23x15px Morocco 1 0 1 0 0.00%
23x15px Rwanda 1 1 0 0 100.00%
Total 31 10 21 0 32.25%

Year-by-Year Record

  • 1987: Not invited
  • 1991: Did not enter
  • 1995: Did not enter
  • 1999: Did not qualify - Eliminated in 1st Round
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
26 April 1997 23x15px Zambia 30 - 44 Arabian Gulf Luanshya, Zambia N/A
17 May 1997 23x15px Botswana 13 - 20 23x15px Zambia Gaborone, Botswana N/A
  • 2003: Did not qualify - Eliminated in 1st Round (Group A)
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
28 July 2001 23x15px Zambia 25 - 24 23x15px Cameroon Chingola, Zambia N/A
11 August 2001 23x15px Uganda 21 - 12 23x15px Zambia Kyadondo, Uganda N/A
  • 2007: Did not qualify - Eliminated in Round 1a Playoff

Round 1a: Southern Pool

Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
12 March 2005 23x15px Swaziland 24 - 23 23x15px Zambia Mbabane, Swaziland N/A
9 April 2005 23x15px Zambia 28 - 24 23x15px Botswana Lusaka, Zambia N/A

Round 1a: Playoff

Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
28 May 2005 23x15px Senegal 22 - 14 23x15px Zambia Dakar, Senegal N/A
4 June 2005 23x15px Zambia 6 - 13 23x15px Senegal Lusaka, Zambia N/A
  • 2011 - Did not qualify - Eliminated in 1st Round (Group B)
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
14 June 2008 23x15px Zambia 18 - 29 23x15px Morocco Lusaka, Zambia N/A
12 July 2008 23x15px Ivory Coast 32 - 9 23x15px Zambia Abidjan, Côte d'Ivoire N/A
  • 2015 - Did not qualify - Eliminated in 1st Round (2012 CAR Africa Cup Division 1B)
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
22 July 2012 23x15px Botswana 23 - 15 23x15px Zambia Gaborone, Botswana N/A
28 July 2012 23x15px Ivory Coast 24 - 18 23x15px Zambia Gaborone, Botswana N/A



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