Latvia national rugby union team

The Latvia national rugby union team represents Latvia at the sport of rugby union. They are governed by the Latvijas Regbija federācija and have been playing international rugby since the early 1990s. They have played most of their games in the Daugava Stadium in Riga.

Latvia
UnionLatvian Rugby Federation
Ground(s)Daugava Stadium, Riga
Coach(es)England Gary Walker
Captain(s)Ainārs Bērziņš
Most capsJānis Skuja
Top scorerRoberts Džo Davidsons
Team kit
First international
Latvia Latvia 3 - 28 Georgia Georgia (country)
(1992-07-19)
Largest win
Latvia Latvia 89 - 0 Bulgaria Bulgaria
(1997-05-10)
Largest defeat
Latvia Latvia 3 - 57 Lithuania Lithuania
(2011-04-30)

HistoryEdit

Rugby has increased in popularity in Latvia recently due to a rise in form. Despite minimal playing numbers, Latvia continue to compete at a high level, and had an outside chance of finishing top of Division 2A of the European Nations Cup. However their hopes took a massive blow, when they failed to capitalise on Poland's surprise home defeat to Croatia, losing 16-13 to Malta in Paola. Latvia is an improving rugby team as now more players are playing in Russia, Germany, and Canada.

Latvia won the 2018–19 Rugby Europe Conference 2 North and was promoted to Conference 1 North for the 2019–20 season.

The national side is ranked 58th in the world (as of 12 August 2019).[1]

Current squadEdit

The roster for the 2018–19 Rugby Europe Conference 2 North tournament match against Norway:[2]

  • Head coach:   Gary Walker
No. Name Position Club
1 Guntis Cirša RK Miesnieki  
2 Ingus Aivars RK Eži  
3 Māris Robežnieks RK Miesnieki  
4 Māris Streikišs RK Eži  
5 Emīls Zerafims RK Jūrmala  
6 Janeks Taškāns RK Livonia  
7 Roberts Miksons RK Livonia  
8 Ainārs Bērziņš RK Livonia  
9 Valters Raņķis RK Livonia  
10 Tomass Davidsons Preston Grasshopers  
11 Ivo Kapiņš RK Livonia  
12 Viljams Davidsons Preston Grasshopers  
13 Dāvis Bajārs RK Fēnikss  
14 Vigo Valdavs RK Livonia  
15 Roberts Davidsons Sheffield Tigers  
16 Vladislavs Šagins Rugby Rovigo Delta  
17 Arturs Baranovskis RK Jūrmala  
18 Kaspars Briedis RK Livonia  
19 Kristaps Martinsons RK Livonia  
20 Adrians Lovkins RK Fēnikss  
21 Niks Voitečko RK Livonia  
22 Ruslans Kotļevs RK Eži  
23 Kristaps Bērze RK Sigulda  

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's Rankings | World Rugby | worldrugby.org". www.world.rugby. Retrieved 2019-08-18.
  2. ^ "2018-19 REIC Men XV - M2 NORWAY Vs. LATVIA". Rugby Europe. 2018-07-30. Retrieved 2019-08-18.

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