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The Latvia national rugby league team was established in 2008 to represent Latvia at rugby league football, and initially competed in the European Bowl, for fourth-tier developing nations. They beat Estonia in a two-game series and therefore won the inaugural tournament after Ukraine could not gain visas to travel. In 2009 they reached the second place after losing to Ukraine and defeating Estonia. In 2010 they played in the European Shield, losing to Russia and Ukraine. After a hiatus of several years, Latvia will return to international competition on May 9, 2015 for the first match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying process, taking on Spain in a one-off knockout match to determine the final participants in the 'European C' section.

Latvia
Badge of Latvia team
Team information
Governing bodyLatvian Rugby League
RegionEurope
Head coachSteve Leonard (GBR)
CaptainJānis Zuments
RLIF ranking47th
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
 Estonia 38 - 54 Latvia 
(21 October 2007, Tallinn)
Biggest win
 Estonia 4 - 74 Latvia 
(8 August 2009, Tallinn)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 112 - 0 Latvia 
(18 September 2010, Kiev )

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All-time results recordEdit

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
  Estonia 2007 4 4 0 0 238 62 2009
  Ukraine 2009 2 0 0 2 6 152 2010
  Russia 2010 1 0 0 1 4 54 2010
  Spain 2015 1 0 0 1 12 32 2015

ResultsEdit

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
Opponent Points Date Venue
Estonia 54 - 38 2007-10-21 Tallinn
Estonia 48 - 10 2008-06-28 Tallinn
Estonia 62 - 10 2008-08-03 Riga
Ukraine 6 - 40 2009-07-24 Riga
Estonia 74 - 4 2009-08-08 Tallinn
Russia 4 - 54 2010-07-31 Riga
Ukraine 0 - 112 2010-09-18 Kiev
Spain 32 - 12 2015-05-09 Riga

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
   2017 Failed to qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

2017 Rugby League World Cup QualifierEdit

On the 9th of May 2015, Latvia and Spain 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 Latvians' home advantage had no effect as they went down to the Spaniards by 20 points, ending their chance of participating in the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

Notable players of Latvian descentEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Goodbye Oma, I Love You". Players' Voice. 20 April 2018. Retrieved 20 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Regina Meinhold". Museum of Australian Democracy. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  3. ^ "Regina Meinhold: Obituary". Canberra Times. 21 April 2018. Retrieved 21 April 2018.

External linksEdit