Spain national rugby league team

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Spain
Governing body Asociación Española de Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Darren Fisher
Captain Aitor Davila
RLIF ranking 21st
Colours
First international
 Spain 12–10 Belgium 
(Brussels, 25 May 2014)
Biggest win
 Greece 4–76 Spain 
(Athens, 17 October 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 16–32 Germany 
(Valencia, 6 June 2015)

The Spain national rugby league team represents Spain in the sport of rugby league football, running under the auspices of the Asociación Española de Rugby League.

History

The first rugby league in Spain was played in the region of Catalonia in 2009, with a Catalonia national rugby league team playing several matches against European nations. However, desiring to represent only Catalonia and not the entirety of Spain, the Catalonia team was denied RLEF membership and disappeared from international competition shortly afterwards.

Rugby league in Spain began once again in 2013, with a national body (Asociación Española de Rugby League) being formed and admitted to the RLEF by the end of that year. [1] The first Spanish domestic competition kicked off in 2013 with clubs based in the Valencian Community, and the national team played its first match on May 25, 2014, [2] defeating Belgium in Brussels. The first captain was Aitor Davila and the first Spanish try at international level was scored by Gonzalo Morro. [3]

2017 Rugby League World Cup

Qualifying

On the 9th of May 2015, Spain and Latvia kicked off proceedings for the qualifying fixtures for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying. It was a do or die match with the winner advancing to a qualifying group stage, already containing Malta and Greece, while the other would lose their chance of qualifying for their first ever World Cup. The Spaniards were the better team, winning the match by 20 points which therefore made them advance to the European C qualifying group stage. The team ended up winning the tournament and now advance to the final round robin tournament. [4]

2014 squad

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
2014 Spain Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Darren Fisher



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 24 May 2014
Source(s): debut match 2014

National Team Results

Date Venue Home Result Away Crowd Competition Report
17 October 2015 Athens Greece  4-76 Spain Spain 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
26 September 2015 Valencia Spain Spain 40-30  Malta 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
19 September 2015 Muro de Alcoy Spain Spain 36-24  Italy B 1200 International Friendly Report
6 June 2015 Valencia Spain Spain 16-32  Germany International Friendly Report
9 May 2015 Riga Latvia Latvia 12-32 Spain Spain 150 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
8 June 2014 Moncada Spain Spain 54-10 Belgium Belgium International Friendly Report
25 May 2014 Neder-Over-Heembeek Belgium Belgium 10-12 Spain Spain International Friendly Report


All-Time Results Record

Team 1st Played Play Win Draw Loss Points For Points Agn.
 Belgium 2014 2 2 0 0 66 20
 Latvia 2015 1 1 0 0 32 12
 Germany 2015 1 0 0 1 16 32
 Malta 2015 1 1 0 0 40 30
 Greece 2015 1 1 0 0 76 4

World Cup

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 Currently in qualification process
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

Honours

European Bowl: 2015

See also

References