Netherlands national rugby union team

The Netherlands national rugby union team (Dutch: Nederlands nationaal rugbyteam) represents Netherlands in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The Oranges (Oranje), is considered one of the stronger tier 3 teams in European rugby and currently compete in the second division of the Rugby Europe International Championships in the Rugby Europe Trophy, a competition which is just below the Rugby Europe Championship where the top 6 countries in Europe (apart from the teams in the Six Nations compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup and often play in orange with blue shorts as well as in blue with orange shorts.

Netherlands
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Oranje (The Oranges)
UnionNederlandse Rugby Bond
Head coachZane Gardiner
CaptainDirk Danen
Most capsMarc Visser (67)
Home stadiumNRCA Stadium
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current25 (as of 21 November 2020)
Highest23 (2018)
Lowest48 (2008)
First international
Netherlands 0–6 Belgium 
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1 July 1930)
Biggest win
Netherlands 62–0 Denmark 
(Hilversum, Netherlands: 6 October 1973)
Biggest defeat
England 110–0 Netherlands
(Huddersfield, England 14 November 1998)
Websitewww.rugby.nl

HistoryEdit

The Netherlands played their first ever game in 1930, against Belgium on 1 July. The Netherlands played Belgium and Germany as well as Romania. During the 1940s they played regularly against Belgium and Germany. The 1960s saw the side play West Germany regularly as well as other fixtures including matches against Poland, Sweden, Spain and Czechoslovakia. The 1970s saw fixtures played against teams including Italy. They won a number of games from 1984 through to 1987.

RecordEdit

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 10 May, 2021[1]
Rank Change* Team Points
1     South Africa 094.20
2     New Zealand 088.95
3     England 085.44
4     Ireland 084.69
5     France 084.27
6     Wales 083.44
7     Australia 083.08
8     Scotland 082.02
9     Argentina 080.31
10     Japan 079.29
11     Fiji 076.87
12     Georgia 073.73
13     Tonga 071.44
14     Samoa 070.72
15     Italy 070.65
16     United States 068.10
17     Uruguay 067.02
18     Romania 066.22
19     Spain 064.82
20     Russia 062.71
21     Portugal 062.10
22     Hong Kong 061.23
23     Canada 061.11
24     Namibia 061.04
25     Netherlands 060.09
26     Brazil 057.71
27     Belgium 057.17
28      Switzerland 054.12
29     Chile 053.81
30     Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week

Below is table of the representative rugby matches played by a Netherlands national XV at test level up until 10 January 2021.

Opponents Matches Won Draw Lost Points For Points Against Pts Difference Win%
  Andorra 3 3 0 0 140 116 +24 100%
  Belgium 43 18 4 21 421 499 –78 46.5%
  Bulgaria 1 1 0 0 45 10 +35 100%
  Croatia 2 2 0 0 47 19 +28 100%
  Czech Republic 5 3 0 2 136 91 +45 60%
  Czechoslovakia 7 2 0 5 88 99 –11 28.5%
  Denmark 10 9 0 1 311 57 +254 90%
  East Germany 2 1 0 1 20 35 –15 50%
  Georgia 4 1 0 3 64 164 –100 25%
  Germany 14 6 0 8 175 220 –45 42.8%
  Hong Kong 2 1 1 0 25 10 +15 50%
  England 1 0 0 1 0 110 –110 0%
  Israel 1 1 0 0 56 0 +56 100%
  Italy 4 0 0 4 27 178 –151 0%
  Japan 4 0 0 4 15 13 +2 0%
  Latvia 3 3 0 0 134 23 +11 100%
  Lithuania 3 2 0 1 90 34 +56 75%
  Malta 1 1 0 0 27 9 +18 100%
  Morocco 7 3 0 4 88 111 –23 42.86%
  Moldova 3 1 0 2 77 85 –8 33.3%
  Poland 20 7 2 11 280 317 –37 36.4%
  Portugal 12 1 3 8 141 229 –88 29.1%
  Romania 8 0 1 7 49 299 –250 6.25%
  Russia 4 0 0 4 39 208 –169 0%
  Serbia and Montenegro 6 4 0 2 93 40 +53 66.6%
  Spain 14 0 1 13 107 394 –287 3.5%
  South Korea 2 1 0 1 45 108 –63 50%
  Sweden 19 18 0 1 444 186 +258 94.74%
   Switzerland 2 2 0 0 47 22 +25 100%
  Tunisia 5 4 0 1 86 53 +33 80%
  Ukraine 4 1 0 3 71 88 –17 25%
  Uganda 1 1 0 0 42 0 +42 100%
  West Germany 28 9 1 18 279 481 –202 33.9%
Total 245 106 13 126 3709 4308 –599 43.27%

Current squadEdit

The following 25 players were called up for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship on the 2nd of March 2021.[2]

Head Coach:   Zane Gardiner

  • Caps Updated: 29 May 2021

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Mark Darlington Hooker   Maidenhead RFC
Ross Bennie Coulson Hooker   RC DIOK Leiden
Lars Linnenbank Hooker   Rugby Club the Dukes
Jake Stamenkovic Prop   RC DIOK Leiden
Hugo Langelaan Prop   Rugby Club Eemland
Andrew Darlington Prop   RC 't Gooi
Robin Moenen Prop   RC DIOK Leiden
Jim Boelrijk Lock   RC 't Gooi
Rikkert Verhofstad Lock   RFC Haarlem
Mark Wokke Lock   Castricumse Rugby Club
Koen Bloemen Lock   Union Sportive Bressane
Dirk Danen Flanker   Rugby Club Hilversum
Wolf van Dijk Flanker   RC DIOK Leiden
Blake Nightingale Flanker   RC the Bassets Sassenheim
Tom Altink Number 8   RC DIOK Leiden
Kevin Krieger Number 8   Haagsche RC
Amir Rademaker Scrum-half   Haagsche RC
Benjamin Garcia Scrum-half   RC DIOK Leiden
Tony Hoogenboom Scrum-half   Castricumse Rugby Club
Hugo Scholler Scrum-half   Haagsche RC
Jasey van Kampen Fly-half   Haagsche RC
Mees van Oord Fly-half   RC DIOK Leiden
Illie Greeve Centre   RC DIOK Leiden
David Weersma Centre   Aparejadores Rugby Burgos
Storm Carroll Centre   RC the Bassets Sassenheim
Jordy Hop Wing   Rugby Club Eemland
Siem Noorman Wing   Haagsche RC
Daan van de Avoird Wing   RC DIOK Leiden
Josh Gascoigne Fullback   Rugby Club Hilversum

Current coaching staffEdit

The current coaching staff of the Netherlands national team:[3]

Name Nationality Role
Robert Penris   NED Manager
Zane Gardiner   NZL Head coach
Allard Jonkers   NED Assistant coach
Scott Smith   SCO Assistant coach
Emmanuel Peyrezabes   FRA Strength and Conditioning coach
Antoine van den Berg   NED Physiotherapist
Sebastiaan van Osch   NED Physiotherapist
Adam Doherty   IRE Mental coach

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. ^ Netherlands`s squad for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship.
  3. ^ "Netherlands National Rugby Union Team". www.rugby.nl. Nederlandse Rugby Bond.

External linksEdit