Rugby in Goytakanya
Rugby union is a traditional sport in Goytakanya. The sport is essentially semi-professional in the country.
The originis of Goytakanyan rugby go back over a century, when Goytakanya was a suvumese province and ingerish students played in Bhagurah university, but it was only in 1950`s the period of consolidation occured. Despite been the most succesfull sport played by Goytakanya, is not the favorite one to the people.
Seen as a high-society sport, the sport was played by students and ingerish citizens living in Bhagurah. Fortuna Bhagurah, the most traditional club in the island, was founded in 1956. One year later, Grakteh founded a team too, and goytakanyan clubs joined the suvumese championships. During this period, Fortuna Bhagurah won the suvumese championship four times, and Grakteh Ukeah, twice.
When the island declared independence from Suvuma, the local federation ask for affiliation to The Rugby Federation and is acepted in 1977, despite suvumese federation protests. Since then, the national team plays all World Cup editions till today, being runners-up in 1987 and 2011. Due a very hard economical period, there was not an official national championship to the clubs till 1990`s, only some tournaments.
The Goytakano national team is one of the best ones of the world, despite never won a international title. There was goytakano players in some of the best clubs around the world. Despite this, rugby is not the favorite sport to the people in the island. King Barum usually goes to stadium in the most important matches, but he still does not understand perfectly the rules.
Hall of Champions
|2000||Fortuna Bhagurah||2010||Fortuna Bhagurah|
|2001||Fortuna Bhagurah||2010||Grakteh Ukeah|
|2002||Grakteh Ukeah||2012||Grakteh Ukeah|
|2003||Grakteh Super||2013||Fortuna Bhagurah|
|2004||Fortuna Bhagurah||2014||Grakteh Ukeah|
|2005||Grakteh Ukeah||2015||Fortuna Bhagurah|
There are eight rugby teams in Goytakanya, but, as football, all of them are semi-professionals.
Despite been considered a traditional sport in the country, all clubs uses latin alphabet in their logos, and not the local one. Curiously, half of the league uses the green colour in their kits.
| Fortuna Bhagurah is from Bhagurah city.
| Bhagurah Aeros is from Bhagurah city.
|File:.png|| Grakteh Ukeah is from Grakteh city.
|File:.png|| Grakteh Super is from Grakteh city.
| Muryram Unyon is from Muryram town.
|File:.png|| Bendera Motor is from Bendera town.
|File:.png|| Tonsul Agros is from Tonsul town.
| Vogosko RFC is from Vogosko town.
The Goytakano national team is one of the best ones of the world, despite never won a international title, but plays all World Cup editions since the first edition, being runners-up in 1987 and 2011.
There are also so much goytakanyan players around the world in the most important rugby clubs and leagues.
Its bigger rivalry, of course, is against Suvuma.