Hungary is one of the leading countries in Central Europe,
having joined the European Union in 2004.
Rugby football was first played in the country in 1968, on
the initiative of an Italian diplomat and 6 teams had formed
by the time he departed in 1972.
Unfortunately, these teams eventually disbanded and the sport
did not re-establish itself until 1979 when a memorial game
was played. From this, interest was rekindled and 2 new clubs
were formed, Budapest university side BEAC and Kecskemét
college team GAMF.
Hungary are currently top of division 3B in the The European
There are currently 25 rugby clubs in Hungary, playing in
3 national leagues. There is also youth, veterans and womens
Brief history of rugby in Hungary:
1968 - Italian diplomat Carlo Pasquale establishes rugby in
1979 - Clubs formed by universities in Budapest and Kecskemét.
1990 - Hungarian
Rugby Union formed with 9 clubs as founder members. Hungary
plays it's first international, losing 3 - 7 to East Germany.
1991 - Hungary affiliated to FIRA and the IRB. The Blue Boar
(Oxfordshire) becomes the first RFU club to make an official
visit to Hungary.
1992 - Hungarian rugby championships and national league established.
1993 - Preliminary rounds of the 1995 Rugby World Cup.
1994 - Hungary enters the FIRA European Championship.
1997 - Preliminary rounds of the 1999 Rugby World Cup.
2002 - Hungarian National XV win the 3rd division of the European
championships, gaining promotion.
Some of the British rugby teams that have toured:
Bath Old Edwardians
British Airways Clubs South Wales
Good Old Boys
Hammersmith & Fulham
Purley John Fisher
The rugby season in Hungary is as follows:
Sep 1 - Jun 15 (excludes Dec 1 to the end of Feb, because
of the winter conditions.)