Russia National Rugby Union Team
What could be more amazing than watching Rugby Union played by Russians? It's got to be tried as Russians are some of the biggest and bravest Rugby Union players around and any game will be a clash of titanic proportions. Don't hang around as it's an increasingly popular sport in Russia and those no guarantee that those tickets you want will still be there. Grab Russia National Rugby Union Team tickets at StubHub.
Russian rugby history
Like a great deal of the Russian past, the history of Rugby Union in Russia is tied up with the tzar. The first games of Rugby Union are recorded in the 1880s, but the Russian police and the tzar considered it a savage sport that would encourage the crowds to violence and rioting. It wasn't until the 1930s that it became popular again and a national championship began in 1936. Sadly the USSR banned the game after a fight between supporters got out of hand and it was also thought of as an urban game against the rural ideals of the USSR. However, it restarted in the 1950s and the Russian national team entered international competition in 1975.
Threatened by the fall of the USSR
Although the game initially suffered from the break-up of the USSR and the defection of some players to the newly popular Rugby League it is now flourishing. The most important championship in Russia is the Professional Rugby League with 8 professional clubs from all over the country competing each year along with semi-professional and amateur clubs as well.
Russia has some large Rugby stadiums and hosted the Rugby Sevens World Cup in 2013 and has also successfully hosted the IRB Junior World Rugby Trophy. Rugby Union is shown more on television now with the European club tournament, the Heineken Cup, being shown on a national sports channel as well as the Rugby World Cup. The national Russian Rugby Union team, the Bears, have qualified for the Rugby World Cup a few times and it's only a matter of time before we are all getting Russia Rugby Union Tickets.
Rugby League in Russia has become an increasingly popular sport, just like Rugby Union, but there are far fewer matches and they are mostly at an amateur level. You could try Ice Hockey as it has a huge following in Russia and has the same culture of rough and ready action as Rugby Union. Otherwise, you can always try sports like Basketball or Field Hockey that are both played in Russia.