Originally formed in March 2001, under the name of North America and West Indies Rugby Association (“NAWIRA”), RAN is one of the six World Rugby regional associations. RAN is the governing body of the sixteen Unions in Rugby Americas North.
It’s membership is diverse and currently consists of, Bahamas, Barbados, Bermuda, British Virgin Islands, Canada, Cayman Islands, Guyana, Jamaica, Mexico, St Lucia, St Vincent and The Grenadines, Trinidad and Tobago and the USA. In August 2011 the Turks & Caicos Islands and Curacao were admitted as Associate Members of RAN, with the Dominican Republic also joining as an Associate Member in 2015.
MEMBERS & REGISTERED PLAYER NUMBERS
- Total Registered 2016: 160,769
- Total Non-Registered 2016: 1,595,565
- RAN ranks second in all World Rugby regions in number of female participants.
FULL MEMBER UNIONS
USA – 119,682
Canada – 27,512
Mexico – 6,168
St. Vincent & The Grenadines – 1,806
Jamaica – 1,518
Trinidad & Tobago – 1,403
Bermuda – 794
Bahamas – 529
Guyana – 522
Barbados – 425
Cayman – 410
British Virgin Islands
RECOGNIZED REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT UNIONS
Turks and Caicos
The RAN Region encompasses 7 time zones, and reaches from the Arctic Circle almost to the equator.