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The Sweden national rugby league team (nicknamed the Barbarians) was founded in 2008.

Sweden
Badge of Sweden team
Team information
Governing bodySweden Rugby League
RegionEurope
Head coachAshley Brown
CaptainFabian Wikander
RLIF ranking29th
Team results
First international
 Sweden 20 - 20 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 30 October 2010)
Biggest win
 Sweden 38 - 12  Denmark
(Kävlinge, Sweden; 17 August 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 122 - 8  Sweden
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 28 April 2012)

For more Swedish stats, news, team results and more visit Sweden's RLEF Page.

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HistoryEdit

Rugby League in Sweden was founded by Scott Edwards in 2008. The first competitive rugby league on Swedish soil was the 2nd annual Scandinavian Nines Tournament, hosted by Spartacus Reds in Gothenburg in April 2010.[1] Following the success of the 9's competition, a domestic league was founded in 2011, comprising three teams - Borås Ravens, Spartacus Reds and Gothenburg Lions.[2]

Sweden competed in their first rugby league international on 30 October 2010 when they drew 20 - 20 against Norway. Robin Larsson was the first player to score a try for Sweden.

Sweden earnt their first international rugby league win in July 2013, beating Norway in the Nordic Cup 40-22 in Oslo.[3] Later in the year, Sweden would win their first ever silverware, after they beat Denmark in August. This victory secured Sweden's first ever Nordic cup title.

In 2015 Impact Prowear became the proud sponsors of Sweden Rugby League providing the kits for both the National team as well as all 4 domestic teams in the Impact Prowear Swedish Rugby League for the next three seasons.

All-time results recordEdit

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
Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
  Norway 2010 7 2 1 4 156 198 2016
  Denmark 2011 7 1 0 6 110 434 2016
Date Result Competition Venue Attendance
17 June 2017 Norway def. Sweden 38-18 Nordic Cup Oslo, Norway Not known
7 August 2016 Norway def. Sweden 50-18 Nordic Cup Copenhagen, Denmark Not known
16 July 2016 Norway def. Sweden 40-24 Nordic Cup Stockholm, Sweden Not known
24 May 2015 Norway def. Sweden 30-16 Nordic Cup Lund, Sweden Not known
17 October 2015 Norway def. Norway 30-20 Nordic Cup Oslo, Norway Not known
30 August 2014 Sweden def. Norway 24-12 Nordic Cup Kävlinge, Sweden Not known[4]
16 August 2014 Denmark def. Sweden 44-6 Nordic Cup Copenhagen, Denmark Not known
17 August 2013 Sweden def. Denmark 38-12 Nordic Cup Kävlinge, Sweden Not known
24 July 2013 Sweden def. Norway 40-22 Nordic Cup Oslo, Norway Not known[5]
28 July 2012 Norway def. Sweden 36-10 Nordic Cup Stockholm, Sweden Not known[6]
28 April 2012 Denmark def. Sweden 122-8 Test match Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 500+[7]
2 July 2011 Denmark XIII def. Sweden 52-18 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg, Sweden Not known[8]
30 October 2010 Sweden drew Norway 20-20 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg Not known[9]

Current squadEdit

22 September 2018 vs Netherlands;[10]

  • Christoffer Andreasson
  • Robert Maun
  • Muller Qalibu
  • Christopher Vannerberg
  • Jonas Lyppert
  • Fabian Wikander
  • Andrew Bignell
  • Mark Beveridge
  • Ruadhri O’Brian
  • Peter Wiklund
  • Fakaosifolau Maake
  • Buster Derk
  • Theo Karlsson
  • Plamen Lazarov
  • Johnny Engstrom
  • Sebastian Johnson-Cadwell
  • Mathew Mitchell

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Scandinavian 9's Rugby League". Spartacus RUFC. 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  2. ^ "Swedish Rugby League point to steady progress". RLEF. 2011-06-12. Retrieved 2010-06-23.
  3. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000510
  4. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000589
  5. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000510
  6. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000395
  7. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000354
  8. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000213
  9. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000103
  10. ^ "Sweden vs Netherlands 2018". RLEF. 22 September 2018.

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