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Netherlands national rugby league team

The Netherlands national rugby league team is the national rugby league team of The Netherlands in a sport that is virtually unknown in the Nederlands. It was formed in January 2003. The national team played its first international match in 2003 against Scotland A, where they lost 22–18.

Netherlands
Badge of Netherlands team
Team information
Governing bodyNetherlandse Rugby League Bond
RegionEurope
Head coachEngland Kane Krlic
Home stadiumRotterdamse RC Beekweg
RLIF ranking26th
Team results
First international
 Scotland A 22–18 Netherlands 
(Sassenheim, Netherlands; 2003)
Biggest win
 Sweden 4–24 Netherlands 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Netherlands 16–70 Germany 
(Delft, Netherlands; 2014)
World Cup
Appearances0

Contents

HistoryEdit

Rugby league foundation year was in 2003 where it has regularly being played since 2003 under the NNRLB and has seen small domestic growth along the way. The first rugby league club match was played between Te Werve Bustards (Den Haag) and touring Essex Eels. After rugby league ceased in 2008 a new board the Nederlandse Rugby League Bond (NRLB) was entrusted to administer and grow the game in the Netherlands in 2009.

The Dutch participated in 1989 Student Rugby League World Cup in England, against Australia, England, France, New Zealand, Wales, Ireland and Scotland. The first rugby league match in Netherlands was a preparation match for the tournament against the French Army side at the Royal Military Academy in Breda. While in the late 1980s they faced Toulouse to earn a 20 all draw. Having played their first international against Scotland A in Sassenheim only narrowly losing 18 to 22, introducing the Rotterdam Cup in 2004 with a 24–14 loss to Scotland Students and debut 24 to 14 win against Serbia.

2005 saw the Netherlands build on the previous season with the national team playing four internationals. The Netherlands were defeated by Georgia 34 – 14 in April. They then went on to win their other three internationals against Serbia, Scotland and Germany

Serbia made the task of getting past the first round of European qualifiers all the more harder. The Netherlands suffered heavy defeats to Russia 40 – 14 and Georgia 57 – 16. As a consolation the Netherlands managed to defeat the other European newcomers Serbia 38 – 26. Netherlands finished 3rd in the Pool and failed to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup. The Netherlands capped off 2006 with a win against the Czech Republic 34 -28.

Rotterdam hosted the Nederlandse International Rugby League Nines Festival for visiting European teams between 2004 and 2007.

At present the NRLB are a nonprofit sports association for rugby league with their main goal to get the game exposure and attract more people to the sport. The NRLB have a short summer season (4 rounds + Finals) with the Netherlands 3V Sports Grand Prix 9's competition for clubs Capelle Spartans, Delft Rugby League, Nootdorp Musketiers and Te Werve Bustards, while they host teams for 13-aside matches including the annual clash with Oxford University Old Boys (in the Kermis Challenge) and varying teams from the UK. Netherlands as national and developmental squads have participated in away tours in tournaments such as the Heidelberg 9's in Germany and UK based events.

In recent seasons the Dutch have also participated in a Cross Border Challenge with select German clubs, National Selection matches (Select GPN vs Residents) and promotional games (combined squad vs Capelle Spartans). At youth level this year, the Dutch staged a BARLA U17 tour against a Netherlands Tasman U17 select in July at Nootdorp and Delft.

Like most developing rugby league nations there are restrictions that the Dutch board face within early stages of development like funding, sponsorship, support and promotion.

The Dutch ten-year plan is to have a fully self-supportive domestic competition running for at least 6 months of the year and to have multiple self-standing Rugby League clubs all over the country. The national squad back on the international stage competing with the best. The Nederlandse Rugby League Bond gained Observer membership status from the Rugby League European Federation in February 2012.

In May 2013, Netherlands made 28th on the RLIF World Rankings after their match against Germany in a losing effort.

MatchesEdit

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

The Netherlands have played their first match in 2003 against Scotland A, losing 22 to 18. They then competed in the 2004 Rotterdam Cup, losing both their matches.

The Netherlands failed to progress past the preliminary stages of qualifying for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, after being defeated by Georgia and Russia in 2006. They did however manage a victory against Serbia.

Following these matches, the national team went on hiatus following a dispute between the Netherlands Federation and the RLEF. In 2009, a new board " Nederlandse Rugby League Bond (NRLB) " was appointed to run the Dutch game and re-establish relations with the RLEF. The Netherlands were re-admitted to the RLEF in 2010, and resumed international competition in 2013 with a friendly match against Germany. [1]

JerseysEdit

Primary

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Primary
2004–2009
 
 
 
 
 
Primary
2009–present

Alternative

 
 
 
 
 
Alternative
2004–2009
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative
2009–present

Coaching RosterEdit

Current StaffEdit

Coaches Name Role Date Appointed P W L D Win%
  Kane Krlic Head Coach March 2015 8 4 4 0 50.00
  Matthew Rigby Assistant Coach June 2016 6 4 2 0 66.66
  Stephanie van Diepen Physio June 2017
  Guus Kootstra Physio June 2017
  Timo Meinders Team Manager May 2017

Former StaffEdit

Coaches Name Role Date Appointed Date Departed P W L D Win%
  Joe Collins Assistant Coach June 2016 August 2017 2 0 2 0 0.00
  Jason Bruygoms Assistant Coach June 2017 April 2019 4 4 0 0 100.00

ResultsEdit

Date Competition Opponent H/A Venue Score Referee Tries Conversions
19 July 2003
International Friendly
  Scotland A
H
Sassenheim, Netherlands
18-22
 
23 April 2004
International Friendly
  Serbia
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
24-14
 
7 May 2004
International Friendly
  Scotland
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
14-24
 
29 April 2005
European Championship
  Georgia
H
Hoek van Holland, Netherlands
14-34
 
18 June 2005
European Championship
  Serbia
A
Čair Stadium
10-24
  De Jager (2), Barret, Foxton de Jager (5/6)
29 June 2005
International Friendly
  Scotland
H
Capelle aan den IJssel, Netherlands
17-10
 
28 April 2006
2008 RLWC Qualifier
  Russia
H
Hoek van Holland, Netherlands
14-40
  Howitt (2), de Jager de Jager (1/3)
26 May 2006
2008 RLWC Qualifier
  Georgia
A
Mikheil Meskhi Stadium
57-16
  Taylor (2) de Jager (4/4)
17 June 2006
2008 RLWC Qualifier
  Serbia
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
38-26
  Stanford-Smyth (2), Den Engelsman (2), Grimbergen, Nierinckx, Taylor de Jager (5/7)
5 August 2006
International Friendly
  Czech Republic
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
34-28
 
4 May 2013
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Germany
A
Heidelberg, Germany
28-22
  Verdonk (2), Dommerhuijsen, van Bochove van Bochove (3/4)
26 June 2013
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Belgium
H
Delft, Netherlands
6-22
  Kraal Idzerda (1/1)
3 May 2014
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Germany
H
Delft, Netherlands
16-70
  van Bochove, van Rossum, Tonnaer Bremen (2/3)
28 June 2014
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Belgium
H
Brussels, Belgium
32-16
  Roos, Holden (2) Bremen (2/3)
2 May 2015
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Belgium
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
12-60
  van Rossum, Vrasdonk Bremen (2/2)
20 June 2015
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Germany
A
Karlsruhe, Germany
46-12
  Ddumba (2) Bremen (2/2)
13 August 2016
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Germany
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
6-8
  Misa Vakadranu de Werk Storm (1/1)
3 September 2016
Western Euro Tri-Nations
  Belgium
A
Brussels, Belgium
34-12
  Unknown de Boer, Habeke Scholte (2/2)
26 August 2017
Griffin Cup
  Germany
A
Osnabrück, Germany
18-30
  Joel Holmes de Ruiter (2), Landus (2), Razoux Schultz Bremen (5/5)
9 September 2017
International Friendly
  Sweden
H
NRCA Stadium
28-24
  Max Doughton
1 September 2018
Griffin Cup
  Germany
H
Rotterdam, Netherlands
38-22
  Joe Jhugroo
22 September 2018
International Friendly
  Sweden
A
Gothenburg, Sweden
4-24
  Guido Bonatti Gout (4/6)
24 August 2019
International Friendly
  Czech Republic
A
TBC, Czech Republic
14 September 2019
Griffin Cup
  Germany
A
TBC, Germany

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