Belgium national rugby union team

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
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Zwarte Duivels / Diables Noirs (Black Devils)
UnionBelgian Rugby Federation
Head coachFrédéric Cocqu
CaptainJulien Berger
Most capsAlan Williams (53)
Top scorerAlan Williams (501)
Top try scorerBaptiste Lescarboura (11)
Julien Berger (11)
Home stadiumStade Communal Fallon
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current27 (as of 31 January 2020)
Highest22 (2012)
Lowest51 (2004)
First international
Belgium 6–6 Netherlands
(Belgium; 1 July 1930)
Biggest win
Belgium 94-3 UAE
(Belgium; 8 December 2012)
Biggest defeat
Spain 77–0 Belgium
(Spain; 8 December 1996)
World Cup
Appearances0
Websitewww.rugby.be

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.[2]

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

Belgium`s squad for the 2020 Rugby Europe Championship.

Head Coach:   Guillaume Ajac

Caps updated: 13 February 2020

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Alexis Cuffolo Hooker (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 29) 16   Rugby Coq Mosan
Thomas Dienst Hooker (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 33) 52   Stade Blayais
Martin Jenssens Hooker (1998-09-10) 10 September 1998 (age 22) 0   US Carcassonne Espoirs
Vincent Tauzia Hooker (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 28) 5   RC Clermont Cournon d'Auvergne
Charlesty Berguet Prop (2000-01-13) 13 January 2000 (age 20) 0   USA Perpignan Espoirs
Bastien Gallaire Prop (1999-03-29) 29 March 1999 (age 21) 8   Rugby Club Suresnes
Julien Massimi Prop (1984-07-19) 19 July 1984 (age 36) 13   ASUB Waterloo
Maxime Jadot Prop (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 29) 16   Stade Dijonnais
Romain Pinte Prop (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 29) 11   Rugby Ottignies Club
Lucas Sotteau Prop (1996-08-30) 30 August 1996 (age 24) 9   US Dax
Ayrton Stainer Prop 0   ASUB Waterloo
Bruno Vliegen Prop (2001-07-03) 3 July 2001 (age 19) 1   Clermont Auvergne Espoirs
Bertrand Billi Lock (1987-01-02) 2 January 1987 (age 33) 18   RC Soignies
Brieuc Corradi Lock (1994-10-26) 26 October 1994 (age 25) 5   Beauvais RC
Tom Herenger Lock (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 24) 7   SAT Rugby Trélissac
Guillaume Mortier Lock (1984-01-24) 24 January 1984 (age 36) 3   Angoulême
Mathieu Verschelden Lock (1988-05-13) 13 May 1988 (age 32) 12   ASUB Waterloo
Michael Abrahams Back row 0   Royal Kituro
Gillian Benoy Back row (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 25) 17   Rugby Club Suresnes
William van Bost Back row (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 22) 3   Béziers Hérault Espoirs
Keran Caro Back row 2   RC La Hulpe
Lucas de Connick Back row (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 24) 2   Montpellier Hérault
Nick Cording Back row (1990-08-15) 15 August 1990 (age 30) 0   Dendermonde RC
Jean Maurice Deccuber Back row (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) 5   US Cognac
Thomas de Molder Back row (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 28) 19   US Tyrosse
Amin Hamzaoui Back row (1996-05-07) 7 May 1996 (age 24) 9   Rugby Chartres
Romain Honhon Back row 1   Rugby Ottignies Club
Gonzalo Moreno Back row 0   RC La Hulpe
Julien Berger (c) Scrum-half (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 30) 14   USON Nevers
Tom Cocqu Scrum-half (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 24) 14   Rugby Chartres
Gauthier Petit Scrum-half 0   Rugby Academy Ireland
Ryan Godsmark Fly-half (1992-04-10) 10 April 1992 (age 28) 1   RC La Hulpe
Lépold Roobaert Fly-half 0   Boitsfort RC
Antoine Vassart Fly-half (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 35) 2   RC La Hulpe
Nathan Bontems Centre (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 26) 10   Beauvais RC
Dazzy Cornez Centre 1   Le Creusot
Louis Debatty Centre (1993-07-15) 15 July 1993 (age 27) 9   RC Soignies
Louis de Moffarts Centre 8   RC La Hulpe
Florian Piron Centre (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 28) 4   ÉS Catalane
Guillaume Piron Centre (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 28) 20   Blagnac SCR
Craig Dowsett Wing (1991-01-01) 1 January 1991 (age 29) 12   Blackheath F.C.
Thomas Walraff Wing (1997-10-27) 27 October 1997 (age 22) 11   USON Nevers Espoirs
Cédric Wieme Wing (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 21) 1   FC Grenoble Espoirs
Ervin Muric Wing (1997-03-03) 3 March 1997 (age 23) 9   Hartpury College R.F.C.
Marc Tchangue Wing 4   ÉS Catalane
Gaspard Lalli Fullback 2   RC La Hulpe
Charles Reynaert Fullback (1995-09-28) 28 September 1995 (age 24) 9   Valence Romans
Alan Williams Fullback (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 32) 53   RC Soignies

Note - Players in bold have played more matches than shown above but there is no information of Belgium caps pre-2013.

RecordEdit

OverallEdit

Top 30 rankings as of 9 March 2020[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.19
2     New Zealand 092.11
3     England 088.41
4     Ireland 084.91
5     France 082.73
6     Wales 082.64
7     Australia 081.90
8     Scotland 080.68
9     Japan 079.28
10     Argentina 078.31
11     Fiji 076.21
12     Georgia 072.88
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Italy 071.07
15     Samoa 070.72
16     United States 068.10
17     Uruguay 067.41
18     Spain 067.14
19     Romania 065.36
20  4   Russia 062.13
21  1   Portugal 061.27
22  1   Hong Kong 061.23
23  1   Canada 061.12
24  1   Namibia 061.01
25     Netherlands 060.08
26     Brazil 058.89
27     Belgium 057.19
28      Switzerland 054.11
29     Chile 053.83
30     Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week


Below is a table of the representative rugby matches played by a Belgium national XV at test level up until 07th March 2020.

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
  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 7 0 7 0 0.0%
  Germany 11 5 5 1 45.0%
  Hong Kong 4 1 3 0 25.0%
  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 15 3 10 2 21.4%
  Romania 7 0 7 0 0.0%
  Russia 7 1 6 0 14.29%
  Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.0%
  Serbia and Montenegro 8 7 1 0 87.5%
  Slovenia 3 2 1 0 66.7%
  Spain 17 2 14 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 222 94 116 12 42.72%
 
Germany playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
 
Poland playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

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. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html Archived 2013-02-01 at the Wayback Machine
  3. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 9 March 2020.

External linksEdit