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Norway
Badge of Norway team
Team information
NicknameThe Vikings
Governing bodyThe Norwegian Rugby Federation
RegionEurope
Head coachDave Hunter
CaptainKristoffer Milligan
RLIF ranking19th
Team results
First game
 Norway 0-24 GB Pioneers United Kingdom
(Oslo, Norway; 4 July 2009)
Biggest win
 Norway 76-0 Poland 
(Stavanger Stadion, Stavanger; 1 September 2018)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 64-24 Norway 
(Gianni Bencini Ground, Pembroke, Malta; 2 September 2011)

The Norway national rugby league team was founded in 2008. Rugby League in Norway has is played through junior and amateur level. There is a small seven-team premier competition and several development cups. They are recognized by the Norwegian Rugby Federation and the Rugby League International Federation as having affiliate status.

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HistoryEdit

In February 2008, Norway was granted official observer status by the Rugby League European Federation despite being unranked at that point. This was not the only major point of development in the year, as a committee was formed, based in capital city Oslo, with the aim of developing the game all over the country.[1]

As of 2019 the committee is under The Norwegian Rugby Federation.

Current squadEdit

  • Bendik Kalvik (Bodø Barbarians)
  • Harald Mikalsen, Kristoffer Milligan (Flekkefjord Tigers)
  • Sonny Mellor, Joshua William Skidmore-Hornby (Lillestrøm Lions)
  • Isaac Schmidt (Oslo Capitals)
  • Kevin Båtnes
  • Nils Kristian Holte
  • Chris Stalsberg (Porsgrunn Pirates)
  • Kristian Hilton (Saddleworth Rangers)
  • Kim Andre Seglem (Sandnes Raiders)
  • Kristoffer Borsheim, Nathan Cummins, Ezra McIntyre, Fredrik Nortun (Stavanger Storm)
  • Ole Magnus Brekk, Frank Kiriinya, Simon Viljoen (Trondheim Rugby Klubb)
  • Kristian Nordin-Skipnes (Woden Valley Rams)

[2]

Rugby League Norway historyEdit

In 2009, Rugby League Norway – now The Norwegian Rugby Federation – Rugby League, was formed as an opportunity for a national competition was seen. Warren Heilig used this opportunity to develop a new sport in Norway.

Rugby League clubs in Norway -

  • Flekkefjord Tigers
  • Bardufoss Badgers
  • Sandnes Raiders
  • Stavanger Storm
  • Porsgrunn Pirates
  • Lillestrøm Lions
  • Oslo Capitals
  • Trondheim RK
  • Bodø Barbarians
  • Sparbu Lumberjacks

All-time Results RecordEdit

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
  Denmark 2009 6 2 0 4 122 158 2017
  Malta 2010 2 0 0 2 44 94 2011
  Sweden 2010 8 5 1 2 244 162 2018
  Germany 2011 2 2 0 0 72 50 2018
  Ukraine 2013 1 0 0 1 14 42 2013
  Czech Republic 2013 4 2 0 2 74 72 2018
  Poland 2018 1 1 0 0 76 0 2018
  Greece 2019 1 0 0 1 26 56 2019
TOTAL 25 12 1 12 672 634


ResultsEdit

Date Home Score Away Competition Venue Attendance
18 May 2019 Greece 56–26 Norway Friendly New River Stadium, London 300
13 October 2018 Sweden 6–46 Norway Friendly Gothenberg, Sweden N/A
15 September 2018 Norway 40–22 Germany Friendly Porsgrunn, Norway 562
1 September 2018 Norway 76–0 Poland Friendly Stavanger, Norway N/A
16 June 2018 Czech Republic 20–12 Norway Friendly Prague, Czech Republic 1,000
21 October 2017 Czech Republic 26–30 Norway Friendly Krupka, Czech Republic N/A
19 August 2017 Denmark 24-46 Norway Friendly Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
17 June 2017 Norway 38–18 Sweden Friendly Oslo, Norway N/A
24 September 2017 Czech Republic 12–6 Norway Friendly Krupka, Czech Republic N/A
16 July 2016 Sweden 24–40 Norway Nordic Cup 2016 Stockholm, Sweden N/A
17 October 2015 Norway 30_20 Sweden Nordic Cup 2015 Oslo, Norway N/A
13 June 2015 Denmark 24–12 Norway Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
28 August 2014 Sweden 24–12 Norway Nordic Cup 2014 Stockholm, Sweden N/A
28 June 2014 Norway 10–16 Denmark Oslo, Norway N/A
17 August 2013 Denmark 60–10 Norway Nordic Cup 2013 Copenhagen, Denmark N/A
20 July 2013 Norway 22–40 Sweden Oslo, Norway N/A
13 July 2013 Norway 26–14 Czech Republic European Bowl 2013 Oslo, Norway N/A
6 July 2013 Ukraine 42–12 Norway Kharkiv, Ukraine N/A
4 August 2012 Norway 36–6 Denmark Nordic Cup 2012 Oslo, Norway N/A
28 July 2012 Sweden 10–36 Norway Stockholm, Sweden N/A
2 October 2011 Denmark 28–8 Norway Nordic Cup 2011 Copenhagen, Denmark 486
2 September 2011 Malta 64–24 Norway European Shield 2011 St Julians, Malta N/A
9 July 2011 Norway 32–28 Germany Oslo, Norway N/A
30 October 2010 Sweden 20–20 Norway Nordic Cup 2010 Stockholm, Sweden N/A
4 June 2010 Malta 30–20 Norway European Bowl 2010 Hamrun, Malta N/A
22 August 2009 Denmark 26–28 Norway Friendly Copenhagen, Denmark N/A

CompetitionsEdit

Norway's maiden Rugby League event was the "Scandinavia Cup", which was held in Oslo, Norway between 30 and 31 May 2009 [3] and played under 9's rules.[4] Norway played Great Britain Pioneers in their first representative match on 5 July 2009 in Oslo which the visitors won 24–0.[5][6] Norway played their first international on 22 August 2009, against Denmark in Copenhagen and won 28–26.[1]

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Norway Rugby League Planet". Rugby League Planet. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  2. ^ "Norway and Germany name squads for World Cup qualifier". Rugby League Planet. 15 September 2018.
  3. ^ "All Go In Norway". Last Tackle. 19 June 2009. Archived from the original on 3 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  4. ^ "RLEF". RLEF. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  5. ^ "Pioneers Triumph but Norway Emerge With Credit". RLEF. 19 June 2009. Retrieved 19 June 2009.
  6. ^ "Norway Match a Great Successt". lastackle.com. 5 July 2009. Retrieved 19 July 2009.

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