Netherlands national rugby sevens team

The Netherlands national rugby sevens team is a minor national sevens side. They have competed in the Hong Kong Sevens since the 1980s. They are traditionally seen as "minnows", but have not been completely unsuccessful.

UnionDutch Rugby Union
Team kit
World Cup Sevens
Appearances1 (First in 1993)
Best result21st place, 1993

EURFC member Rob Cuthbertson has been recently added to the squad after a successful trip to Casablanca. Having had previous experience at international level with England it is hoped that he will add some much needed talent to the squad.

Tournament HistoryEdit

Rugby World Cup SevensEdit

Rugby World Cup Sevens Record
Year Round Position Pld W L D
  1993 Group Stage 21st 5 0 5 0
  1997 Did Not Qualify
  2005 Did Not Enter
  2013 Did Not Qualify
  2018 Did Not Enter
Total 0 Titles 1/7 5 0 5 0

1989 Hong Kong SevensEdit

In the 1989 Hong Kong Sevens, they beat Bahrain by a large margin: 24-4.[1]

In the 1988 Hong Kong Sevens, one of their players, Marcel Bierman broke his neck in a tackle, subsequently requiring a wheelchair as an assistive device. Naturally, this did not do rugby union in the Netherlands many favours.[2]

In the 1989, Hong Kong Sevens, the Dutch team had another claim to fame: it included no less than four brothers Hans, Andre, Mats and Peter Marcker.[2]

McLaren was particularly impressed by Bart Wierenga

"the player who made the biggest impression was a gangly lad with a head of hair like a wind-blown thatched cottage, Bart Wierenga, who ran his heart out in a series of tingling performances."[2]

On the team's lap of honour, Wierenga wheeled Marcel Bierman around the pitch, who had been paralyzed the previous year to loud cheers and claps from the audience.[2]

Hong Kong SevensEdit

Year Venue Cup Plate
Winner Final Score Runner-up Winner Runner-up
Government Stadium  
New Zealand

See alsoEdit


  • McLaren, Bill A Visit to Hong Kong in Starmer-Smith, Nigel & Robertson, Ian (eds) The Whitbread Rugby World '90 (Lennard Books, 1989)
  1. ^ McLaren, p70
  2. ^ a b c d McLaren, p72