The Russia national rugby union team is the third tier rugby union playing nation of Russia. Rugby union in Russia is administered by the Rugby Union of Russia. Russia also has a Rugby Sevens team, who recently beat Australia 21-5 at the 2006 London Sevens Tournament, thanks to a hat-trick from Igor Galinovskiy.
Russia previously played as the Soviet Union, and in the early 1990s, as a combined CIS team. Since 1992 however, they have been playing as Russia. The team has yet to qualify for a Rugby World Cup. They were even expelled from qualifying in 2003 due to issues with their player eligibility.
Russia competes regularly in the European Nations Cup, and more recently, in the Nations Cup. They have failed to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup that will take place in France, losing both games in the qualifying round to Italy and Portugal.