Rugby Union

Rugby was played at the Olympics in the years 1900, 1908, 1920 and 1924, and after a long wait it was voted in 2009 back onto the Olympic program for the 2016 Games.

At the 1900 Paris Games, Rugby drew the largest single crowd for any sport, in a match between England and France, won by France 27-8. It was attended by 6,000 spectators, with 4,389 paying for their entry. It certainly was not one of the most popular sports in terms of teams participating, with only two teams competed in 1908 and 1920.

rugby fieldNotable Performances



  1. France
  2. Germany
  3. Great Britain

Scores: France 27-17 Germany, France 27-8 Great Britain

1908: There was only one match, Australia / New Zealand defeated Great Britain 32-3

1920: There was only one match, United States beat France 8-0


  1. United States
  2. France
  3. Romania

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