Zambia national rugby union team

Zambia national rugby union team

Zambia
Union Zambia Rugby Union
Coach(es) Noble Chisenga
First international
15 - 18 Zambia 
(1975-08-31)
Largest win
107 - 9 Rwanda 
(2003-09-09)
Largest defeat

 Zimbabwe 83 - 10 Zambia 
(2002-04-20)

83 - 10 Zambia 
(2007-05-26)

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, 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
4 3 1 0 75.00%
4 1 3 0 25.00%
3 1 2 0 33.33%
3 1 2 0 33.33%
3 1 2 0 33.33%
2 1 1 0 50.00%
 Namibia 2 0 2 0 0.00%
2 0 2 0 0.00%
2 1 1 0 50.00%
 Arabian Gulf 1 0 1 0 0.00%
1 0 1 0 0.00%
1 0 1 0 0.00%
1 0 1 0 0.00%
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0.00%
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 30 - 44 Arabian Gulf Luanshya, Zambia N/A
17 May 1997 13 - 20 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  Zambia 25 - 24 Chingola, Zambia N/A
11 August 2001 21 - 12  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 24 - 23  Zambia Mbabane, Swaziland N/A
9 April 2005  Zambia 28 - 24 Lusaka, Zambia N/A
Round 1a: Playoff
Match Results
Date Home Score Away Venue Referee
28 May 2005 22 - 14  Zambia Dakar, Senegal N/A
4 June 2005  Zambia 6 - 13  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  Zambia 18 - 29  Morocco Lusaka, Zambia N/A
12 July 2008 32 - 9  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 23 - 15  Zambia Gaborone, Botswana N/A
28 July 2012  Ivory Coast 24 - 18  Zambia Gaborone, Botswana N/A