Rugby in Croatia has a long history with the first club, Mladost – Zagreb, formed back in 1954. Whilst it is an amateur sport, the small nation has enjoyed some impressive success, particularly during the ‘golden era’ of the late 1990s.
After a period of consolidation, Croatia is again going through a golden patch. Earlier this year the team earned an historic promotion after toppling Israel. The victory in Yizre’el helped Croatia clinch the Rugby Europe Conference 1 South and earned them promotion next season to the European Trophy division for the first time in history.
This is the highest level Croatia rugby has been at since the Rugby Europe system started and a massive achievement for the small nation.
One man who has been instrumental in the successes of Croatian rugby, first as a player and now as coach, is Anthony Poša.
The New Zealand-born Croatian was a guest on the All Things Croatia podcast where he talks in depth about Croatian rugby, as well as telling the story when Croatia took on Italy in a World Cup qualification match in Makarska in front of 10,000 fans.
You can listen to the interview by clicking the play button below.