Norway national rugby league team

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Norway
Badge of Norway team
Nickname The Vikings
Governing body Norway Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Craig West
Captain Kristoffer Milligan
RLIF ranking 26th
First game
 Norway 0-24 GB Pioneers United Kingdom
(Oslo, Norway; 4 July 2009)
Biggest win
 Norway 32-28 Germany 
(Bislett Stadion, Oslo; 9 July 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 64-24 Norway 
(Gianni Bencini Ground, Pembroke, Malta; 2 September 2011)

Despite only experiencing their foundation year of rugby league in 2008, Rugby League in Norway has dramatically escalated through junior and amateur level. There is a 6 team premier competition and several development cups. They are recognised by the Rugby League International Federation as having affiliate status.

For more Norwegian stats, news, team results and more visit Norway's RLEF Page.

History

In February 2008, Norway were granted official observer status by the Rugby League European Federation despite being unranked at this point. This was not the only major point of development in the year, as a committee was formed, based in capital city Oslo, with the aim of developing the game all over the country.[1]

Current squad

  • Steven Larsen,(Farsund Bocats),
  • Magnus Sundsfjord,(Bodø Barbarians),
  • Svein Åge Breimoen,(Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Kristoffer Milligan, (Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Kim André Seglem (Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Reidar Flage,(Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Sonny Mellor, (Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Carl Henrik Kvistaas (Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Jørgen Schmidt (Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Peder Jaaval (Trondheim RK)
  • Peter Engeland, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Trent Rowan,(Oslo Capitals)
  • Cam Leslie, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Andreas Thorsen,(Oslo Capitals)
  • Harald Mikalsen, (Farsund Bobcats)
  • Isaac Schmidt, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Tommy Johansen, (Trondheim RK)
  • Joshua Hornby (Flisbyen Broncos )
  • Kevin Båtnes,(Porsgrunn Pirates)
  • Chris Stalsberg,(Porsgrunn Pirates)
  • Nils Kristian Holte (Porsgrunn Pirates)
  • Sebastian Salvesen, (Farsund Bobcats)
  • Manager: Anne C Haigh
  • Coach: Craig West

[2]

Official Rankings as of December 2015[3]
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


Rugby League Norway

In 2009, Rugby League Norway was formed as an opportunity for a national competition was seen. Warren Heilig saw and organised this opportunity as the standard of Rugby Union in the nation was limited to one tier of competition. So, less experienced players could only have limited game time. Heilig had the idea that these less experienced players from big union clubs should try second-tier rugby league. This ensured that league had an advantage over union in that there was a much wider range of age and standard of play. It was also easier to learn - so Rugby League Norway no longer needed to rely on ex-union players and could attract more local junior, youth and amateur players to the game.[1]

Rugby League clubs in Norway -

  • Flekkefjord Tigers
  • Farsund Bobcats
  • Sandnes Raiders
  • Kristiansand Krusaders
  • Porsgrunn Pirates
  • Flisbyen Broncos
  • Oslo Capitals
  • Trondheim RK
  • Bodø Barbarians

All-time Results Record

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Denmark 2009 5 2 0 3 70 60 2014
 Malta 2010 2 0 0 2 44 94 2011
 Sweden 2010 4 1 1 2 90 94 2014
 Germany 2011 1 1 0 0 32 28 2011
 Ukraine 2013 1 0 0 1 14 42 2013
 Czech Republic 2013 1 1 0 0 26 14 2013
 Thailand 2014 1 0 0 1 6 46 2014

Competitions

Norway's maiden Rugby League event was the "Scandinavia Cup", which was held in Oslo, Norway between 30 and 31 May 2009 [4] and played under 9's rules.[5] Norway played Great Britain Pioneers in their first representative match on 5 July 2009 in Oslo which the visitors won 24 - 0.[6][7] Norway played their first international on 22 August 2009, against Denmark in Copenhagen and won 28 - 26.[1]

See also


References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Norway Rugby League Planet". Rugby League Planet. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. http://www.rleague.com/db/article.php?id=36521
  3. RLIF Rankings.
  4. "All Go In Norway". Last Tackle. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. "RLEF". RLEF. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Pioneers Triumph but Norway Emerge With Credit". RLEF. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "Norway Match a Great Successt". lastackle.com. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-07-19.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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