Algeria national rugby union team

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Algeria
Algeria national rugby union team.gif
Nickname(s) "Les Lionceaux" (The Lion Cubs)[1]
Ground(s) Stade Ahmed Zabana
Coach(es) Djemaï Tebani, Foudil Youbi and Salah Rebadj
Captain(s) Faisal Bentayeb
Most caps Samir Khamouche (9)
Top scorer Boris Bouhraoua (40)
Most tries Mohamed Khedaria (3)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Tunisia 7–8 Algeria Algeria
(24 February 2007)
Largest win
 Libya 0–50 Algeria Algeria
(26 October 2010)
 Egypt 0–50 Algeria Algeria
(29 October 2010)
Largest defeat
 Tunisia 27-13 Algeria Algeria
(6 June 2012)
World Cup
Appearances None (First in -)
Best result -

The Algeria national rugby union team represents Algeria in rugby union. The team is administered by the Algerian rugby Federation (FAR). The first match they competed in was on the 24th February 2007, in a game in Tunis against the Tunisia national rugby union team (to which Algeria won by 8-7). Almost all current national team players play for clubs in the French championships,however there are some national players who practice the sport in Australia, New Zealand, Romania and England. The first coach of the Algeria national rugby union team was Morad Kellal.

History[edit]

Before 2015[edit]

Rugby is played on Algerian territory during French colonization. After this period, its practice decreased rapidly, until disappearing in 1972.[2] At the invitation of the Tunisia national rugby union team, Algeria brought together Nabeul a selection of the best Algerian players from rugby and started on the international stage On 27 February 2007 against Tunisia, a match that she won 8 to 7 Algeria,[3] the Fennecs dream of having a federation with an attempt of Samir Khamouche playing at Castres and a penalty Of Nadir Boukhaloua playing Lyon OU. Later, the Algerians won 20 points to 17 against the hopes of the Stade français at the Villeneuve stadium of the commune of Clichy, department of Hauts-de-Seine, As well as against other African teams, including the Ivory Coast team.,[3] in the absence of a federation recognized by the Algerian State, it does not appear in the World Rugby Rankings and has not yet played an official meeting.[3]

2015: return of rugby union in Algeria[edit]

Preparation of the setting up of official bodies[edit]

Disappeared in the early 1970s, rugby found its place in Algeria. On January 1, 2015, after eight years of discussions and exchanges, the Ministry of Sports, assisted by the Algerian Olympic Committee, validates the creation of the National Algerian Rugby Association which will become the rugby union current 2015.

The objectives of this new body are the Rugby World Cup in 2019 in Japan, not forgetting the Africa Cup. With the recognition of the Federation, the selection can now appeal to players who play in the Top 14 to build a highly competitive national team. For Sofiane Abdelkader Benhassen, founder of the pilot club of the Oranese Stadium in 2008, who has been appointed president, priority is also and above all to popularize the discipline in Algeria and to make this sport known to the youth of the country through the creation of schools.

Crescent Cup Rugby Championship[edit]

On June 1, 2015, the Algerian Rugby Union team flew to Malaysia for the Crescent Cup Rugby Championship, their first official international competition.,[4] The Algerian rugby union team started its tournament with a 26-5 victory against the Kazakhstan team, ranked 39. He is victorious for the first official match in the history of the Algerian selection of rugby. Confirmation that the Algerian potential is indeed there. after the piece and against the same team again won 15-0 to qualify to the final to face the owner of the land shed Malaysian team stopped due to riots between the players.[5]

Creation of the national federation[edit]

On 17 November 2015, the federation was formally established in Algiers at a general assembly meeting chaired by Mustapha Larfaoui, Honorary President of the Algerian Olympic Committee Olympic and Sports Algerian and in the presence of 18 clubs representing 16 wilayas. Sofiane Benhassen is elected the first president of the Algerian rugby union (FAR).[6][7] Membership in the continental federation Rugby Africa is planned in December 2016.[8]

The first official match played under the auspices of the Algerian federation on December 18, 2015 Oran against the Tunisia. Salim and Djemaï Tebani are breeders of this first official meeting on Algerian soil.[9] In Ahmed Zabana Stadium of Oran, Algeria won this game 16-6 with a team consisting mainly of players based in France and two players trained in Algerian clubs.[10]

Launch of the Maghreb Tri-Nations[edit]

In December 2016, the Algerian Rugby Federation in collaboration with Rugby Africa will organize the first edition of a Maghreb Tri-nations grouping Algeria, Tunisia national rugby union team and the Morocco national rugby union team. World Rugby has validated it, and the event will take place at Oran, Algeria.[11][12]

World Cup record[edit]

The team has neither qualified for or being invited to any of the Rugby World Cups, because of its relatively recent foundation. Nevertheless, they are expected to enter the 2019 Rugby World Cup qualifyings.

Staff[edit]

Position Name
Head coach AlgeriaSalim Tebani
Assistant coach AlgeriaDjemai Tebani
General manager AlgeriaAzzouz Aib
President of the Algerian federation (FAR) AlgeriaSofiane Abdelkader Benhassen
Fitness coach AlgeriaNahim Rouabah

Record[edit]

Overall[edit]

As of 18 December 2015 their record against all nations is as follows:

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win % For Aga Diff
 Ivory Coast 1 1 0 0 100.00 25 18 +7
 Egypt 1 1 0 0 100.00 50 0 +50
 Kazakhstan 2 2 0 0 100.00 41 5 +36
 Libya 1 1 0 0 100.00 50 0 +50
 Malaysia 1 0 1 0 00.00 11 19 -8
 Tunisia 3 2 1 0 75.00 37 40 -3
Total 9 7 2 0 75.00 214 82 +132

Rugby World Cup[edit]

World Cup record World Cup Qualification record
Year Round P W D L F A P W D L F A
AustraliaNew Zealand 1987 Did not enter Did not enter
United KingdomRepublic of IrelandFrance 1991
South Africa 1995
Wales 1999
Australia 2003
France 2007
New Zealand 2011
England 2015
Japan 2019
2023 To be determined To be determined
Total 0/9 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0

Crescent Cup[edit]

Crescent Cup record
Year Round P W D L F A
Malaysia 2015 Second place 3 2 0 1 52 24
Total 1/1 3 2 0 1 52 24

Algeria national rugby union team results[edit]

Players[edit]

Current squad[edit]

The following players have been called up to play for the Algeria squad at least once within the last 24 months.

Head coach: Algeria Salim Tebani and Djemaï Tebani

  • Caps updated: 18 December 2015

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Hamadache, MalikMalik Hamadache Prop (1988-10-17) 17 October 1988 (age 28) 3 France Section Paloise
Bougherara, KarimKarim Bougherara Prop (1989-01-03) 3 January 1989 (age 27) 1 France Union Sportive Bressane
Chellat, SofianeSofiane Chellat Prop (1990-01-12) 12 January 1990 (age 26) 4 France RC Massy
Belhaouari, BekadaBekada Belhaouari Prop (1991-08-19) 19 August 1991 (age 25) 3 France Blagnac SCR
Benlebbad, RedaReda Benlebbad Prop (1992-07-18) 18 July 1992 (age 24) 1 France Lombez SC
Benamor, NasserNasser Benamor Prop (1978-04-24) 24 April 1978 (age 38) 7 France Avenir Valencien
Frih, MouradMourad Frih Prop (1991-10-01) 1 October 1991 (age 25) 4 France Stade niçois
Bouladjeraf, AmineAmine Bouladjeraf Prop (1992-07-09) 9 July 1992 (age 24) 1 Algeria Stade oranais
Saaoui, YassineYassine Saaoui Hooker (1991-02-05) 5 February 1991 (age 25) 5 France CS Beaune
Abed, BilalBilal Abed Scrum-half (1989-07-30) 30 July 1989 (age 27) 6 France Stade Dijonnais Côte D'Or
Djenadi, MahmoudMahmoud Djenadi Scrum-half (1991-04-19) 19 April 1991 (age 25) 4 France CARF rugby
Reghis, MoussaMoussa Reghis Scrum-half (1982-08-20) 20 August 1982 (age 34) 5 France US Annecy
Hireche, SaïdSaïd Hireche Flanker (1985-05-27) 27 May 1985 (age 31) 1 France CA Brive
Doukbi, SamirSamir Doukbi Flanker (1985-11-10) 10 November 1985 (age 31) 2 France US seynoise
Abdelkader, RabahRabah Abdelkader Flanker (1987-06-21) 21 June 1987 (age 29) 4 France Stade olympique millavois
Bouregba, WalidWalid Bouregba Flanker (1994-06-21) 21 June 1994 (age 22) 4 France Lézignan Sangliers
Kahlouchi, KhaledKhaled Kahlouchi Flanker (1984-02-14) 14 February 1984 (age 32) 6 France US Saint-Sulpice
Youcef, DanylDanyl Youcef Flanker 5 France RC Martigues Port-de-Bouc
Bouhraoua, BorisBoris Bouhraoua (c) Scrum-half (1984-05-04) 4 May 1984 (age 32) 8 France AC Bobigny 93 Rugby
Bouhraoua, LouLou Bouhraoua Scrum-half (1991-11-03) 3 November 1991 (age 25) 4 France AC Bobigny 93 Rugby
Bensalla, JohanJohan Bensalla Fly-half (1991-04-01) 1 April 1991 (age 25) 1 France Lombez SC
Boukhaloua, NadirNadir Boukhaloua Fly-half (1987-08-14) 14 August 1987 (age 29) 5 France SO Givors
Belguidoum, MohamedMohamed Belguidoum Centre (1994-01-24) 24 January 1994 (age 22) 1 Romania U Prodvinalco Cluj
Haouari, VincentVincent Haouari Centre (1983-04-12) 12 April 1983 (age 33) 5 France RCHC La Crau
Tamghart, SaidSaid Tamghart Centre (1980-05-13) 13 May 1980 (age 36) 4 England Whitehaven RLFC
Ouchene, DjamelDjamel Ouchene Wing (1988-01-31) 31 January 1988 (age 28) 3 France Sporting nazairien rugby
Chouchane, MehdiMehdi Chouchane Wing 4 France Avenir sportif de Bédarrides
Chouchane, YazidYazid Chouchane Wing 4 France Avenir sportif de Bédarrides
Aïb, JilaliJilali Aïb Wing (1983-11-22) 22 November 1983 (age 33) 5 France EV Malemort BO
Khamouche, SamirSamir Khamouche Wing (1986-09-16) 16 September 1986 (age 30) 9 France CO Berre XV

Individual all-time records[edit]

Most caps[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Won Lost Draw %
01. Samir Khamouche Wing 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Boris Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 4 2 0 1 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 4 10 2 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Mehdi Chouchane Wing 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Vincent Haouari Centre 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Lou Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 4 11 0 1 3 0 3 1 0 75.00
Rabah Abdelkader Flanker 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Mahmoud Djenadi Scrum-half 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Yassine Saaoui Hooker 2015–present 4 5 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00
Bilal Abed Scrum-half 2015–present 4 0 0 0 0 0 3 1 0 75.00

Last updated: Algeria vs Tunisia, 18 December 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 4 10 2 0 0 0

Last updated: Algeria vs Tunisia, 18 December 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points[edit]

# Player Pos Span Mat Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop
1. Lou Bouhraoua Scrum-half 2015–present 4 11 0 1 3 0
Johan Bensalla Fly-half 2015–present 1 11 0 1 3 0
3. Yazid Chouchane Wing 2015–present 4 10 2 0 0 0

Last updated: Algeria vs Tunisia, 18 December 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most points in a match[edit]

# Player Pos Pts Tries Conv Pens Drop Opposition Venue Date
1. Johan Bensalla Scrum-half 11 0 1 3 0  Tunisia Algeria Oran 18/12/2015

Last updated: Algeria vs Tunisia, 18 December 2015. Statistics include officially capped matches only.

Most tries in a match[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.lemonde.fr/rugby/video/2015/12/31/la-renaissance-du-rugby-en-algerie_4840476_1616937.html
  2. ^ "A l'ombre des Fennecs, les Lionceaux algériens de l'ovale veulent se faire les griffes". rugbyrama.fr. 31 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  3. ^ a b c "En Algérie, les Fennecs rêvent d'avoir une fédération". rugbyrama.fr. 10 July 2014. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  4. ^ "Salim Tebani: "On n'est plus les oubliés du sport algérien"". rugbyrama.fr. 27 May 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  5. ^ a b "Malaysia v Algeria rugby union final abandoned after savage brawl". The Guardian. June 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ "La Fédération algérienne voit le jour". lequipe.fr. 19 November 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "La Fédération algérienne de rugby est née". lexpressiondz.com. 17 November 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  8. ^ "L'Algérie ralliera le Rugby Afrique en décembre 2016". aps.dz. 16 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  9. ^ "Première pour l'Algérie sur son sol". lequipe.fr. 17 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  10. ^ "Première réussie pour l'Algérie". lequipe.fr. 18 December 2015. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  11. ^ "Zone Afrique : un Tri Nations au Maghreb en décembre". lequipe.fr. Paris. 17 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 
  12. ^ "World Rugby donne son accord pour un Tri-nations à Oran !". lagazettedufennec.com. 14 October 2016. Retrieved 2 December 2016. 

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