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Belgium national rugby league team

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

Belgium
Team information
NicknameGolden Lions
Governing bodyRugby League Belgium
RegionEurope
Head coachTony Benson
CaptainDamien Parée
Home stadiumCentre Sportif de Neder Over Hembeek
RLIF ranking23rd
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
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)

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

HistoryEdit

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 ResultsEdit

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 RecordEdit

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against last played
 Catalonia 2009 1 1 0 0 28 22 2009
 Czech Republic 2015 2 1 0 1 54 26 2015
 Germany 2016 1 1 0 0 26 12 2016
  Ireland 2015 1 0 0 1 0 34 2015
 Malta 2015 1 0 0 1 34 35 2015
 Morocco 2009 1 0 0 1 12 46 2009
 Netherlands 2013 4 4 0 0 150 48 2016
 Spain 2014 2 0 0 2 20 66 2014
Total   13 7 0 6 324 289  
Official Men's Rankings as of November 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1   2   New Zealand
2   1   Australia
3   1   England
4     Tonga
5     Fiji
6   4   Papua New Guinea
7     Samoa
8   2   France
9   1   Scotland
10   1   Lebanon
11   5   Greece
12     Ireland
13   1   Italy
14   3   Wales
15   4   Serbia
16   1   Malta
17   1   Norway
18   3   United States
19   4   Poland
20   7   Jamaica
21   1   Hungary
22   3   Czech Republic
23   5   Cook Islands
24   7   Turkey
25   1   Netherlands
26   4   Spain
27   6   Canada
28     Nigeria
29   2   Solomon Islands
30   10   Sweden
31   4   Germany
32   1   Chile
33     Ghana
34   16   Morocco
35   3   Vanuatu
36     South Africa
37   8   Russia
38     Cameroon
39   2   Ukraine
40   1   Colombia
41   4   Brazil
42     Belgium
43   4   Denmark
44   4   Bulgaria
45   4   Latvia
*Change from July 2019

Current squadEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW". Rugby League Planet. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Rugby 13". Rugby League Belgium XIII. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  3. ^ "RLEF". Archived from the original on 1 January 2016. Retrieved 14 July 2013.
  4. ^ "Catalonia Won 52 to 10 in the Czech Republic". Associació Catalana de Rugby Lliga. 22 June 2009. Retrieved 30 June 2009.
  5. ^ "RLEF". Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 7 October 2015.

External linksEdit

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