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Spain national rugby league team

The Spain national rugby league team represents Spain in the sport of rugby league football, running under the auspices of the Asociación Española de Rugby League.

Spain
Badge of Spain team
Team information
Governing bodyAsociación Española de Rugby League
RegionEurope
Head coachDarren Fisher
RLIF ranking22nd
Uniforms
First colours
Team results
First international
 Spain 12–10 Belgium 
(Brussels, 25 May 2014)
Biggest win
 Greece 18–32 Spain 
(Athens, 17 October 2015)
Biggest defeat
 Italy 148–4 Spain 
(Piedmontese, 31 October 2018)

HistoryEdit

The first international rugby league in Spain was played in the region of Catalonia in 2009, with a Catalonia national rugby league team playing several matches against European nations. However, desiring to represent only Catalonia and not the entirety of Spain, the Catalonia team was denied RLEF membership and disappeared from international competition shortly afterwards.

Rugby league in Spain began once again in 2013, with a national body (Asociación Española de Rugby League) being formed and admitted to the RLEF by the end of that year.[1] The first Spanish domestic competition kicked off in 2013 with clubs based in the Valencian Community, and the national team played its first match on May 25, 2014,[2] defeating Belgium in Brussels. The first captain was Aitor Davila and the first Spanish try at international level was scored by Gonzalo Morro.[3]

2017 Rugby League World CupEdit

QualifyingEdit

On the 9th of May 2015, Spain and Latvia kicked off proceedings for the qualifying fixtures for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying. It was a do or die match with the winner advancing to a qualifying group stage, already containing Malta and Greece, while the other would lose their chance of qualifying for their first ever World Cup. The Spaniards were the better team, winning the match by 20 points which therefore made them advance to the European C qualifying group stage. The team ended up winning the tournament and now advance to the final round robin tournament.[4] In the final phase of qualifying, Spain will take on Russia and Ireland in a bid to qualify for their first ever Rugby League World Cup appearance.

Current squadEdit

National Team ResultsEdit

Date Venue Home Result Away Crowd Competition Report
24 September 2016 Valencia Spain   4–64   Serbia International Friendly Report
17 October 2015 Athens Greece   4–76   Spain 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
26 September 2015 Valencia Spain   40–30   Malta 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
19 September 2015 Muro de Alcoy Spain   36–24   Italy B 1200 International Friendly Report
6 June 2015 Valencia Spain   16–32   Germany International Friendly Report
9 May 2015 Riga Latvia   12–32   Spain 150 2017 RLWC qualifying Report
8 June 2014 Moncada Spain   54–10   Belgium International Friendly Report
25 May 2014 Neder-Over-Heembeek Belgium   10–12   Spain International Friendly Report

All-Time Results RecordEdit

Team 1st Played Play Win Draw Loss Points For Points Agn Last meeting.
  Belgium 2014 2 2 0 0 66 20 2014
  Germany 2015 1 0 0 1 16 32 2015
  Greece 2015 1 1 0 0 76 4 2015
  Ireland 2019 2 0 0 2 14 88 2019
  Italy 2019 2 0 0 2 8 128 2019
  Latvia 2015 1 1 0 0 32 12 2015
  Malta 2015 1 1 0 0 40 30 2015
  Russia 2016 2 1 0 1 38 64 2018
  Serbia 2018 2 0 0 2 24 88 2018
Total 2014 14 6 0 8 314 466 2019

World CupEdit

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
   2017 Did not qualify
  2021 Did not qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

HonoursEdit

European Bowl: 2015

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ RLEF profile - Spain
  2. ^ Spain set for emotional international rugby league debut
  3. ^ RLEF match report - Belgium vs Spain
  4. ^ RLEF match report - Latvia vs Spain
  5. ^ "Match day squads confirmed for European qualifiers for RLWC2021". Rugby League Planet. 20 October 2019.