It's funny which European (mainland) countries have taken up rugby. Can understand France (sud) Georgia and possibly Romania, but not sure about Italy and Spain (aside from the Basques). Now you'd have thought the Germans would be up for it and the big Finns, especially with the communal bathing, but no. Mind you, who'd have thought the Welsh....
Germany would be a rugby country if the two world wars hadn't intervened. Their federation is older than France's and were both as good as each other in the 1920s but the British wouldn't play the Hun then Hitler banned it.
Spain should be better if you ask me, with Rugby so popular in the Basque and Catalan regions you'd think that might cross the border a bit more and like the Celt countries they should be able to pick up players through their grandparents. Similarly with Switzerland you'd have thought a bit of the popularity would have slipped over the border near Geneva.
Belgium seems to be coming along through the divisions and Debaty the Clermont prop is really Belgian (actually born and raised) although be plays for France. Lille are ambitious in the lower leagues of France so that could help generate some popularity.
One thing to remember is that it is the French who have done practically all the converting, so thank god the poshos in Paris took rugby back from their London holidays!
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