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Denmark national rugby league team

The Denmark national rugby league team represents Denmark in the sport of rugby league. They are official observers of members of the Rugby League European Federation. Danish rugby league stats, news, team results and other information can be seen on Denmark's RLEF Page.[2]

Denmark
Team information
NicknameThe Lions (Løverne)
Governing bodyDansk Rugby League
RegionEurope
Head coachNigel Kitching
CaptainEugene Hanrahan
Home stadiumParken Stadium
RLIF ranking35th
Team results
First game
 Denmark 26–28 Norway 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 22 August 2009)
Biggest win
 Denmark 122–8 Sweden 
(Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen; 28 April 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 24–12 Denmark 
(Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun; 9 June 2012)[1]

HistoryEdit

Denmark participated in rugby league in the late 2008. The national team lost their first match in 2009, 28–26 to Norway in Copenhagen.

They first won in 2011 in the Nordic Cup (Between Denmark, Norway and Sweden). In 2014, they beat Sweden and Norway to become the first team to win the Nordic Cup twice . They then became the first team to retain the Nordic Cup in 2015 after beating Sweden and Norway to win their third trophy.

The first domestic tie (actually including the Scania region of Sweden) was between København RLFK (precursor to Copenhagen RLFC) and Sweden Barbarians in 2012.

Official Men's Rankings as of July 2019
Rank Change* Team Pts%
1     Australia
2     England
3     New Zealand
4     Tonga
5     Fiji
6     France
7     Samoa
8     Scotland
9     Lebanon
10     Papua New Guinea
11     Wales
12     Ireland
13   1   Jamaica
14   1   Italy
15     United States
16   3   Greece
17   1   Malta
18   2   Norway
19   2   Serbia
20   2   Hungary
21     Canada
22     Philippines
23     Poland
24     Niue
25     Czech Republic
26     Netherlands
27     Solomon Islands
28   17   Cook Islands
29     Russia
30   2   Spain
31     Turkey
32   1   Vanuatu
33   1   Chile
34     Japan
35   5   Germany
36   1   South Africa
37   2   Ukraine
38   2   El Salvador
39   1   Hong Kong
40   2   Sweden
41     Colombia
42   3   Belgium
43     Argentina
44   2   Thailand
45   1   Brazil
46   1   Uruguay
47   2   Denmark
48   2   Bulgaria
*Change from December 2018

Current squadEdit

2014 Nordic Cup[3]

  • Josh Whitehead
  • Morten Dam
  • Emil Borggren
  • Martin Pedersen-Scott
  • Christoffer Ellebirke
  • Justin Eyles
  • Viiga Lima
  • Jesper Ika
  • Rich Groom
  • Andrei Ungureanu
  • Orveh Melchior
  • Neil Smith
  • Eugene Hanrahan
  • Rob King
  • Thor Thomsen
  • Silas Mubanda
  • Mark Bailey

All-time Results RecordEdit

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points for Points against Last meeting
  Norway 2009 7 4 0 3 184 150 2017
  Sweden 2011 6 5 0 1 310 104 2016
  Malta 2012 2 0 0 2 24 98 2012

ResultsEdit

Date Home Score Away Competition Venue Attendance
19 August 2017 Denmark 24–46 Norway Friendly Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
7 August 2016 Denmark 50–18 Sweden Nordic Cup 2016 Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
13 June 2015 Denmark 24-12 Norway Nordic Cup 2015 Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
24 May 2015 Sweden 16–30 Denmark Belgrade, Serbia N/A
16 August 2014 Denmark 44–6 Sweden Nordic Cup 2014 Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
28 Jun 2014 Norway 10–16 Denmark Oslo, Norway N/A
17 August 2013 Denmark 60–10 Norway Nordic Cup 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
3 August 2013 Sweden 38–12 Denmark Stockholm, Sweden N/A
29 September 2012 Denmark 12–74 Malta International Series 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark 313
4 August 2012 Norway 36–6 Denmark Nordic Cup 2012 Oslo Norway N/A
9 June 2012 Malta 24–12 Denmark International Series 2012 Hamrun, Malta 100
28 April 2012 Denmark 122–8 Sweden Nordic Cup 2012 Copenhagen, Denmark 500
2 October 2011 Denmark 28–8 Norway Nordic Cup 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark 486
2 July 2011 Sweden 18–52 Denmark Gothenburg, Sweden N/A
22 August 2009 Denmark 26–28 Norway Friendly Copenhagen, Denmark N/A

Domestic TeamsEdit

All of the Danish national team are selected from either Jutland RLFC (Jylland) and Copenhagen RLFC .

OtherEdit

Since 2013, the Denmark rugby league team have promoted the Cystic Fibrosis Forening, the national cystic fibrosis association of Denmark.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

External linksEdit