Belgium national rugby league team

From Infogalactic: the planetary knowledge core
Jump to: navigation, search
Belgium
Nickname Golden Lions
Governing body Rugby League Belgium
Region Europe
Head coach Tony Benson
Captain Damien Parée
Home stadium Centre Sportif de Neder Over Hembeek
RLIF ranking 17th
Colours
First game
 Belgium 28–22 Catalonia 
(Wavre, Belgium; 25 July 2009)
Biggest win
 Belgium 60–12 Netherlands 
(Rotterdam, Netherlands; 2 May 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 54–10 Belgium 
(Moncada, Spain; 8 June 2014)

The Belgium national rugby league team represents Belgium in the sport of rugby league football.

For more Belgian stats, news, team results and more visit Belgium's RLEF Page.

History

The success of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup resulted in a popularity surge for the sport around the world. As a result, a number of new nations took up the sport. Belgium followed this trend in 2009.[1] Rugby League Belgium was started with a single franchise, Brabant Wallon Wavre Rugby XIII, and the creation of a national side to participate in the RLEF Euro Med Challenge and other international matches.[2]

Under new President Yves-Michael Kazadi, Belgium were granted observer membership of the Rugby League European Federation in June 2013.[3]

International Results

Their first international competition was in the 2009 RLEF Euro Med Challenge against Catalonia and Morocco.[4] In their very first international, Belgium defeated Catalonia in front of a home crowd in Wavre. Belgium came in second in the Euro Med Challenge 2009, losing to Morocco 46-12. Following this tournament, the national team took a 4-year hiatus before being granted affiliate RLEF membership and returning to international competition in 2013.

National Team Results

Year Date Result Venue City Attendance Competition
2009 25 July Belgium def. Catalonia 28-22 Wavre, Belgium Euro-Med Challenge
2009 15 August Morocco def. Belgium 46-16 Beziers, France Euro-Med Challenge
2013 29 June Belgium def. Netherlands 22-6 match report Delft, Netherlands International friendly
2014 24 May Spain def. Belgium 12-10 match report Centre Sportif Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium International friendly
2014 8 June Spain def. Belgium 54-10 match report Campo de Rugby la Pelosa Moncada, Spain International friendly
2014 28 June Belgium def. Netherlands 32-16 match report Centre Sportif Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium Tri-Nation Challenge Cup
2015 18 April Belgium def. Czech Republic 50-12 match report Domaine van Puyenbroek Brussels, Belgium International Friendly
2015 2 May Belgium def. Netherlands 60-12 match report Rotterdam, Netherlands International Friendly
2015 21 June Malta def. Belgium 35-34 match report Headingley Carnegie Stadium Leeds, England International Friendly
2015 12 July Ireland def. Belgium 38-0 match report Carlisle Grounds Bray, Ireland International Friendly
2015 3 October Czech Republic def. Belgium 14-4 match report Tis, Czech Republic International Friendly

All-Time Results Record

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against
CataloniaCatalonia 2009 1 1 0 0 28 22
MoroccoMorocco 2009 1 0 0 1 12 46
NetherlandsNetherlands 2013 3 3 0 0 114 36
SpainSpain 2014 2 0 0 2 20 66
Czech RepublicCzech Republic 2015 2 1 0 1 54 26
MaltaMalta 2015 1 0 0 1 34 35
 Ireland 2015 1 0 0 1 0 38
Official Rankings as of December 2015[5]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 897.00
2  Australia 719.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6 Increase  Ireland 162.00
7 Decrease  Fiji 147.00
8 Increase  Wales 132.00
9 Decrease  Scotland 121.00
10 Steady  United States 102.00
11 Increase  Serbia 72.00
12 Steady  Italy 65.00
13  Canada 62.00
14 Decrease  Papua New Guinea 60.00
15 Increase  Russia 46.00
16 Decrease  Tonga 40.00
17 Increase  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Steady  Germany 28.00
20  Lebanon 27.00
21 Increase  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Cook Islands 23.00
23  Ukraine 22.00
24 Steady  Greece 21.00
25 Increase  Denmark 20.00
26 Decrease  Norway 19.00
27 Increase  Jamaica 16.00
28 Decrease  Netherlands 15.00
29 Decrease  Sweden 15.00
30 Steady  Czech Republic 14.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 13.00
32 Steady  Niue 4.00
33  Hungary 2.00
34  Latvia 2.00
35  Morocco 0.00


Current Squad

2015[6] The Belgium squad that took on the Czech Republic on the 3rd of October.

References

  1. "BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW". Rugby League Planet. Retrieved 2009-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. "Rugby 13". Rugby League Belgium XIII. Retrieved 2009-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. http://www.rlef.eu.com/belgium/introduction
  4. "Catalonia Won 52 to 10 in the Czech Republic". Associació Catalana de Rugby Lliga. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-30.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. RLIF Rankings.
  6. http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000616

External links

  • [www.belgiumrugby13.com/ Official site of Rugby League Belgium]