Kenya ranks 45th in Global Rugby participation per capita

When looking at the proportion of a country’s population that participates in rugby, Kenya ranks 45th in the world and 9th in Africa. Kenya with a total population of 54 million, has approximately 50,000 rugby players which translates to 0.094%

The country with the most number of registered rugby players is Tonga where the number of registered rugby players is a whopping 21% of the population. Rugby is the national sport in Tonga, Jonah Lomu, perhaps the greatest rugby player ever was of Tongan descent.

Overcoming cultural barriers: There has been a lot of resistance to allowing girls to play rugby in Tonga


In Africa, Eswatini surprisingly has the highest proportion of rugby players followed by South Africa, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Madagascar and Senegal in that order. Other surprises include the Carribbean islands : St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bermuda, and the Cayman Islands

The more players a country has participating, the bigger its talent base and this usually leads to better results. Having more registered players at the youth level can help a nation keep track of its up and coming talent as they progress through their development. This ability to monitorĀ  a players development is the key factor in how well a country does.

Rugby at a primary school in the islands of St Vincent and the Grenadines.
The SVG Rugby Union was formed as recently as 1998 and the sport has has grown rapidly since then



Data Sources

World Rugby Player Numbers
World Population Per Country


Kenya Rugby Page


Author: blindside

3 thoughts on “Kenya ranks 45th in Global Rugby participation per capita

  1. New Zealand’s haka is known even to those who have never watched rugby. But the national teams of Tonga and Samoa have special fighting dances. Pre-match workouts of these teams are especially spectacular

  2. This sport is not very popular even in the world. Yet global popularization is still at a low level. But I am a supporter of this particular version of what the children did not understand what. And the same sport is the discipline of children.

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