Iran national rugby union team

The Iran national rugby union team (Persian: تیم ملی راگبی یونیون ایران) is a sporting side that represents Iran in rugby union and is controlled by the I.R. Iran Rugby Federation. The I.R. Iran Rugby Federation is a member of World Rugby and the Asian Rugby Football Union (ARFU).[1]

UnionI.R. Iran Rugby Federation
Nickname(s)Team Melli
Ground(s)Azadi Training Pitch 4
Coach(es)Alireza Fazlollah Arabi
Captain(s)soroush mohammad hoseini nokhandan
Most caps1
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Iran 2211 Pakistan 
(18 August 2007)
Largest win
 Iran 523 China 
(2 June 2012)
Largest defeat
 Malaysia 4810 Iran 
(4 June 2013)
World Cup
Appearances0 (First in -)
Best result-

The team currently competes in Division 3 (West) of the Asian Rugby Championship.


On August 18, 2007 Iran played its first international friendly as part of the Pakistan Tour and won 22-11 in Lahore, Pakistan.[2]

Results summary

Their test match record against all nations (listed alphabetically), updated to April 19, 2016, is as follows:

Against Played Won Drawn Lost %Won
 Chinese Taipei10010%


  • 2007 IRB Singer Rugby Asiad Shield Championship
  • 2008 Asian Five Nations Central Asia Regional tournament Champions[3]
  • 2010 Asian Five Nations Division III tournament Champions
  • 2013 West Asia Championship in Dubai


  • Sadegh Nabidoust (2007)
  • Emil Vartazarian (2007)
  • Rob Yule (2008–2009)
  • Sadegh Nabidoust (2010)
  • Wayne Marsters (2010–2011)
  • Sadegh Nabidoust (2011)
  • Mahyar Askari (2012)
  • Pedram Baniamerian (2013)
  • Liam Dunseath (2016)

See also


  1. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-11-28. Retrieved 2010-12-05.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. "Iran taking their rugby seriously". Retrieved 2007-08-18.
  3. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2008-10-09. Retrieved 2008-10-21.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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