Syrian Rugby Championship 2020
The Syrian Rugby Championship in 2020 will include four rugby teams and run from January until March, the Syrian High Rugby Committee has confirmed.
We look at the teams involved and the state of rugby in the country which has been badly affected by the ongoing Syrian Civil War.
Which teams play in the Syrian Rugby Championship?
The four teams who will be competing in the national championship are:
Damascus Zenobians Rugby Club
AIU Alphas Rugby
Rugby in Syria
The Syrian High Rugby Committee was formed by the Syrian Sports Council in March 2012, although rugby has been played in the country for a longer period of time. Syrian Rugby became a member of Asia Rugby in May 2015.
The Syrian National Men’s Team will be selected at the conclusion of the Syrian Championship 2020 to prepare for their Asia Rugby Div III West tournament which is due to take place in April 2020. In 2019 the men’s team did not compete and the Division III West was won by Qatar who beat Lebanon and Jordan.
Women’s rugby in Syria
Although this Syrian National Championship is for the men’s teams, women’s rugby in the country is also growing. In 2018, Lebanon, Qatar and Syria national women’s 7s rugby teams all made their debut on the international stage to become the 134th, 135th and 136th countries to do so.
At the time, 20-year-old Basel Al Halabi was coaching the Syrian women’s sevens team and said “We are spreading rugby via Get into Rugby in Syria. Things are not very easy and we face a lot of challenges but we hope we are setting up something for the future.”