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Rugby players with Croatian heritage sought for Olympic qualifiers

Croatian rugby (Photo: MB photography /Croatian Rugby Association)

Croatian rugby has a proud tradition embracing players of Croatian decent from big rugby-playing nations. 

Over the years there have been a number of players with Croatian heritage from Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa, where world-class rugby is played, who have represented the Croatian national team.

There have even been players who have represented New Zealand’s famous All Blacks who have donned the red and white checkers of Croatia including Frano Botica and Matthew Cooper.

Frano Botica with his All Black and Croatia jerseys

Now the Croatian Rugby Union based in Zagreb has put the call out again for both male and female rugby players with Croatian heritage abroad ahead of Olympic qualifiers.

“Would you like the chance to play for Croatia at the Olympics? The Croatian Rugby Federation are looking for male and female players with Croatian origins to participate in Olympic qualification process.”

To be eligible, players need to have a parent or grandparent born in Croatia. The Olympic qualification starts in Zagreb in June. Interested players can contact the Croatian Rugby Union – [email protected] 

Rugby sevens will be played at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo will take place from 27 July to 1 August 2020. Twenty-four teams (twelve each for men and women) will compete in the tournament.

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