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The Belgium national rugby union team is administered by the Belgian Rugby Federation. Belgium have been ranked in the top 30 since 2010.[1] Belgium have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. Belgium participates in the European Nations Cup (the second tier of European International competitions, the Six Nations being the most important one).

Belgium national rugby union team
Belgium logo.jpg
UnionBelgian Rugby Federation
Nickname(s)Zwarte Duivels / Diables Noirs (Black Devils)
PresidentMichel Coric
Coach(es)Guillaume Ajac
Captain(s)Jens Torfs
Top scorerAlan Williams (625)
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Belgium Belgium 6 - 6 Netherlands Netherlands
(1 July 1930)
Largest win
Belgium Belgium 94 - 3 UAE United Arab Emirates
(8 December 2012)
Largest defeat
Spain Spain 77 - 0 Belgium Belgium
(8 December 1996)
Germany playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Poland playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

The national side is ranked 27th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[2]

HistoryEdit

The Belgium rugby team played their first match on 13 March 1932 against the Netherlands. They contested annual games against the Netherlands for half a decade starting in 1932. They drew the 1932 game, but lost subsequent matches during the 1930s. They also played Italy and Germany in 1937, losing both games.

During the 1950s, Belgium continued playing the Netherlands, as well as teams like Spain. They managed to obtain a draw in the 1960s against Portugal. In the 1970s they won the majority of their games, as well as playing a broader range of European nations. This trend continued throughout the 1980s. Belgium had a six-game winning streak in the late 1980s. They began playing more games against their regular European opponents as they entered the 1990s. A Belgium side played the Argentina national rugby union team prior to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. A Belgium XV played the Barbarians on 24 May 2008.

Belgium has been steadily improving, ranked number 55th in 2004, the 'Black Devils' improved a whole lot on the following years, obtaining good results against other European Nations, gaining entry to the IRB Ranking's Top 30 in 2010. Since their induction to the first 30 rugby nations in the international ranking, they have managed to maintain their place.[3]

Belgium had a very successful campaign during the 2010-2012 European Nations Cup, with a 10 match winning streak from March 2011 to December 2012. They gained promotion to the ENC 1A for the 2012-14 competition, where they play against sides such as Spain, Portugal, and the latest 2011 Rugby World Cup participants, Romania, Georgia and Russia.

Jacques Rogge, the former International Olympic Committee president, was a member of the Belgium national team.

Rugby World Cup qualificationEdit

  • 1987 - Not invited
  • 1991 - Did not qualify
  • 1995 - Did not qualify
  • 1999 - Did not qualify
  • 2003 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Did not qualify
  • 2011 - Did not qualify
  • 2015 - Did not qualify
  • 2019 - Did not qualify

Current squadEdit

RecordEdit

OverallEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 14 October 2019[4]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     New Zealand 090.98
2     Wales 088.87
3     England 088.13
4     Ireland 085.93
5     South Africa 085.75
6     Australia 083.52
7  1   Japan 082.08
8  1   France 081.38
9     Scotland 079.23
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Italy 072.04
13  3   Tonga 071.44
14     Georgia 071.26
15     Samoa 070.72
16  1   Spain 068.15
17  4   United States 068.10
18     Uruguay 067.41
19     Romania 066.69
20     Russia 063.09
21     Portugal 061.33
22     Canada 061.12
23     Namibia 061.01
24     Hong Kong 059.64
25     Netherlands 058.46
26     Brazil 057.84
27     Belgium 057.35
28     Germany 054.96
29     Chile 054.56
30      Switzerland 053.19
*Change from the previous week


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
  Armenia 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Barbarians 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Brazil 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Canada 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Croatia 4 2 2 0 50.0%
  Czech Republic 7 4 2 1 57.1%
  Czechoslovakia 6 1 5 0 16.7%
  Denmark 5 3 1 1 60.0%
  Fiji 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Georgia 6 0 6 0 0.0%
  Germany 11 5 5 1 45.0%
  Hong Kong 3 2 1 0 67.0%
  Italy 2 0 2 0 0.0%
  Latvia 2 1 1 0 50.0%
  Lithuania 2 2 0 0 100.0%
  Luxembourg 4 4 0 0 100.0%
  Malta 2 2 0 0 100.0%
  Moldova 7 5 2 0 71.4%
  Monaco 1 1 0 0 100.0%
  Morocco 4 1 3 0 25.0%
  Netherlands 45 23 18 4 51.1%
  Poland 9 2 7 0 22.2%
  Portugal 14 3 9 2 21.4%
  Romania 7 0 7 0 0.0%
  Russia 6 0 6 0 0.0%
  Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Serbia and Montenegro 8 7 1 0 87.5%
  Slovenia 3 2 1 0 66.7%
  Spain 16 2 13 1 12.5%
  Sweden 12 8 4 0 66.7%
   Switzerland 8 5 3 0 62.5%
  Tunisia 5 1 3 1 20.0%
  Ukraine 5 2 3 0 40.0%
  United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 100.0%
  Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  West Germany 6 4 1 1 66.7%
  Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100.0%
Total 218 93 113 12 42.66%

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html Archived 2013-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ https://www.world.rugby/rankings/mru?lang=en
  3. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html Archived 2013-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 14 October 2019.

External linksEdit