World Rugby Suspends Russia and Belarus Membership Until Further Notice

Austin Okon-Akpan  
Updated March 1, 2022

World Rugby


World Rugby has reiterated its condemnation of Russia’s aggressive invasion of Ukraine and the facilitation of this action by Belarus.

In an official statement, the sport’s governing body stated that the global rugby family is united in standing in solidarity with everyone affected by these deeply disturbing events and joins the global community in calling for the restoration of peace.

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The World Rugby Executive Committee has decided to take immediate additional steps to protect the rugby family and take a strong stance against the conflict in line with recommendations by the International Olympic Committee (IOC):

The full and immediate suspension of Russia and Belarus from all international rugby and cross-border club rugby activities until further notice

The full and immediate suspension of the Rugby Union of Russia from World Rugby membership until further notice.

The statement confirmed that the decision has been taken with the interests of rugby’s values of solidarity, integrity and respect at heart. World Rugby also remains in contact with colleagues at the Ukraine Rugby Federation and has pledged its full support to the rugby community in the country.