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Madagascar national rugby union team

Madagascar
Union Fédération Malagasy de Rugby
Nickname(s) Les Makis
Coach(es) Berthin Rafalimanana
Captain(s) José Rakoto
Top scorer José Rakoto
First international
 Madagascar 9-17 Italy 
(24 May 1970)
Largest win
 Madagascar 97-3 Zambia 
(26 August 2006)
Largest defeat
 Namibia 112-0 Madagascar 
(15 June 2002)

The Madagascar national rugby union team represents Madagascar in the sport of rugby union. Although rugby is popular in Madagascar, the country has not yet qualified for a Rugby World Cup. It does compete annually in the Africa Cup, and was runner-up to Uganda in 2007. The national team's nickname is the Malagasy name for the ring-tailed lemur.

Madagascar defeated Namibia 57 - 54 in extra-time to win Group 1B final match at the 2012 Africa Cup; they have now jumped up 14 places to their current 42nd rank.[1]

Contents

  • History 1
  • Squad 2
  • Overall Record 3
  • World Cup Record 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

History

Madagascar played their first ever international rugby match in 1970, where they met Italy, losing 9 points to 17. The second of the series of two games was also won by Italy, 6 points to 9. The team got their first international win during 1987 when they defeated Kenya 22 to 16.

During 2001 Madagascar competed for the first time in the Africa qualification tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup to be held in Australia. They started off in Pool B of Round 1, where they contested matches against Botswana and Swaziland. They won both their games and finished at the top of the pool to advance to the next round. In Round 2 they defeated Kenya and Cameroon to secure the top finish and advance to Round 3, which took place in 2002. Madagascar made their exit in Round 3, losing to Namibia and Zimbabwe.

Madagascar attempted to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France. They started off in Pool 2 of Round 1b of the qualifying tournament, where they were grouped with Kenya and Uganda. After drawing with Kenya, they lost to Uganda and finished third in the standings. They were semi-finalists at the 2006 Africa Cup, and losing finalists in 2005 and 2007.

Madagascar also failed to qualify for the 2011 Rugby World Cup. It is currently involved in the 2015 Rugby World Cup qualifyings. Madagascar was the surprise winner of the 2012 Africa Cup, defeating Namibia 57-54 in an historical final. In 2013 the Makis avoided relegation from the top flight of African rugby and remain in Division 1A of the Africa Cup for 2014, which will serve as the African qualification for the 2015 Rugby World Cup.

Madagascar wins serendib cup 2013 in Sri Lanka, beating Sri Lanka on a score of 17-12 and dominating Poland on 25-21 score, jose rakoto won the player of the tournament.

Squad

Madagascar squad for the 2014 Africa Cup.[2]

Overall Record

Team Mat Won Lost Draw % For Aga Diff
 Botswana 2 2 0 0 100.00 76 26 +50
 Cambodia 1 1 0 0 100.00 30 24 +6
 Italy 2 0 2 0 0.00 15 26 -11
 Ivory Coast 2 2 0 0 100.00 62 35 +27
 Kenya 3 2 1 0 83.33 73 60 +13
 Morocco 3 1 2 0 33.33 77 133 -56
 Namibia 3 1 2 0 33.33 74 221 -147
 Réunion 12 11 1 0 99.00 78 265 -187
South Africa Amateur 3 2 1 0 66.66 60 79 -19
 Swaziland 1 1 0 0 100.00 26 21 +5
 Uganda 6 1 5 0 16.66 125 204 -79
 Zambia 2 2 0 0 100.00 72 31 +41
 Zimbabwe 7 2 5 0 28.57 115 273 -158
Total 48 18 18 1 69.00 1037 1193 -156

World Cup Record

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
1987 Not invited -
1991 Did not enter Did not enter
1995
1999
2003 Did not qualify 6 4 0 2 117 240
2007 2 0 1 1 38 42
2011 2 1 0 1 67 47
2015 7 3 0 4 190 332
2019 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/8 - - - - - - 17 8 1 8 412 661

See also

References

  1. ^  
  2. ^ "Madagascar team". Madagascar Rugby Union. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 26 June 2014. 

External links

  • Madagascar on IRB.com
  • Madagascar International Statistics, Rugbydata
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