The first rugby match recorded was in the 1880s and this was orchestrated by a Scotsman called Mr Hooper. However, in 1886 the Russian police clamped down on the game as it was felt by the Zsar that the game was likely to incite riots and demonstration's the period 1908 some games were still being played and in 1923 the first formal game was played in Moscow. In 1934 the Moscow Championship was started, and in 1936 the first Soviet Championship took place.
The game was more or less banned for a number of years in the Soviet Union because of an incident in a final in Moscow, when supporters of Llanelli and a Bucharest team were involved in a braw. In 1949, rugby union was forbidden in the USSR during the "fight against the cosmopolitanism". The competitions were resumed in 1957, and the Soviet Championship in 1966. In 1975 the Soviet national team played their first match.
When the Soviet Union broke up, there were two main consequences - firstly the loss of a much larger pool of players and fans, and secondly, the defection of many players to rugby league, which had previously been frowned on by the Soviet authorities. The two main areas for Russian rugby were to be Moscow and Siberia, and to a lesser extent, Leningrad/St Petersburg.
The most notable Russian player perhaps is Dimitri Mironov who played for the Barbarians several times during the 1980s
The game remains to be a growing force in Russia with many now taking up the game at some very impressive levels
When did Micheal Jones start playing rugby
They certainly are playing the game. Its still in its infancy but its growing.
Their black kit
it was favourite sport
At the moment, none. Rugby League Women players just begun playing rugby. Not like men, who have been playing at the start
There are 13 players on a Rugby league team compared to 15 on a rugby union team.
Whilst still in the womb
because he wanted to
There are 13 players on a rugby league team compared to 15 on a rugby union team.