Thai rugby goes back to the early twentieth century. Some of the Thai middle class took up the sport in the 1920s, along with ex-patriates from French and English speaking countries. The Second World War interrupted the development of the sport, but its adoption by the Thai military and police ensured its survival. The governing body the Thai Rugby Union was formed in 1937 and became affiliated to the IRFB in 1989.

Rugby has thrived in Chiang Mai over the years with many schools, university’s, military and Police teams competing in local and regional competitions. Upto now however there has been no unifying body to align the clubs, create and manage leagues and tournaments, enhance youth development and ladies rugby and to help promote the sport in Northern Thailand

The aim of Northern Thailand Rugby is to unify and have a register of teams, players, coaches, officials and medical staff within the Northern regions of Thailand to monitor, mentor and give assistance to our membership.

With the knowledge that only playing knockout competitions limits the ability of player to grow both stamina and skill set the lanna Rugby 10s league was created and this season comprises four teams, CMU Rugby, Lanna Rugby Club, Payap Rugby Club and TNSU CMI RFC, who will play a total of nine league games with the last weekend of the season hosting a Cup Final and a Plate Final. Match day reports can be found in the blog

Aims and objectives

The aims and objectives of the LRU will be:

  • To offer coaching and competitive opportunities, Seniors, Ladies & Youth in Rugby Union in Northern Thailand.
  • Create, organise & manage leagues and competitions throughout the region
  • To promote the LRU within the local community and abroad.
  • Create and manage regional representative teams to compete nationally and abroad
  • To manage LRU & respect facilities leased to us by various bodies.
  • Only teams & Players who are registered with the LRU will be allowed to compete in LRU events unless give special dispensation
  • To ensure a duty of care to all members of the club.
  • To provide all its services in a way that is fair to everyone.
  • To identify & associate with a relevant charity


  • To ensure all present and future members receive fair and equal treatment.
  • Membership should consist of officers and members of the LRU.
  • All members will be subject to the regulations of the constitution and by
  • Joining the club will be deemed to accept these regulations and codes of
  • Practice that the club has adopted. A copy of our codes of practice will be issued
  • Members will be enrolled in one of the following categories:
  • Team
  • Player
  • Coach
  • Officials
  • Social member.
  • Junior member.

Part of the plan for the membership is that we can follow players careers and identify those that have the potential to go on and hopefully play for the Thai National side. To monitor and share with the TRU information on those players in terms of games played, tries scored etc. Each member will be given a NTR number which they keep throughout their career and everyone who plays in a LRU event must be a member of the LRU including teams.

Northern Thailand Rugby Constitution

Teams and players are encouraged to sign up to the NTR code of conduct.

Every year there will be an AGM to reelect the committee. There will be an annual awards party for player of the year, coach of the year etc

We will form LRU representative sides, Mens, Ladies & Youth to represent the region in competitions in Thailand and hopefully abroad

To Find Out More On teams in the Region Click on the Team Logo

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