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Sweden national rugby union team

The Sweden national rugby union team has been a member union of World Rugby since 1988 and is one of the 47 members of Rugby Europe. They play in the 2018/2019 Rugby Europe Conference 1 North. Sweden has been trying to qualify for the Rugby World Cup since the 1991 Rugby World Cup, but has yet to make it to the final competition. A majority of the players are native Swedes based in Swedish clubs but there are a growing numbers of players from the UK and Ireland that have qualified for Sweden through ancestral eligibility, and from other countries who have become eligible to play for Sweden through residency.

Sweden[1]
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UnionSvenska Rugbyförbundet
Founded1932
Coach(es)Kanogo Njuru
Captain(s)Anders Nilsson
Most capsTim Johansson (28)
Top scorerRobin Fransson (100)
Most triesIan Gowland (12)
League(s)Rugby Europe Conference 1 North
Team kit
First international
Sweden Sweden 6 - 0 Denmark Denmark
(1949-10-23)
Largest win
Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 - 116 Sweden Sweden
(2001-05-05)
Largest defeat
Soviet Union Soviet Union 72 - 0 Sweden Sweden
(1976-07-01)
Sweden Squad v Latvia May 2018, Rugby Europe Conference

The national side is ranked 53rd in the world (as of 4 November 2019).[2]

World Cup recordEdit

  • 1987- date never qualified


Current squadEdit

This was the Sweden squad announced for the match against Latvia, on 26 October 2019:[3]

Name Club
Adam Christersson Kalmar Södra IFR  
Alex Melander Wexlö RK  
Arthur Marini Paris Université RC  
Axel Kalling-Smith University of Sussex RFC  
Christopher Sidgwick Hammarby IF RF  
Conor Murphy Lansdowne RFC  
Daniel Hector Lundell Vänersborgs RK  
Emil Rådkvist Norrkōpings RK Troján  
Erik Sjöbeck Pingvin RC  
Giga Khanishvili Stockholm Exiles RFC  
Hannes Nylén Enköpings RK  
James Dewar Belsize Park RFC  
Johan Rådkvist Linköpings RK RK  
Jonas Grilfors Enköpings RK  
Marcus Loxvi Stockholm Exiles RFC  
Nils Murphy Lansdowne RFC  
Oscar Larsson Pingvin RC  
Petter Stråle Göteborg RF  
Philip Axelsson Södertälje RK  
Pontus Assarsson Pingvin RC  
Robert Persson Hammarby IF RF  
Thomas Ahlbäck Malmö RC  
Theodor Karlsson Stockholm Exiles RFC  

Final League Position 2018/19Edit

2018 promoted side ↑, 2018 relegated side ↓ WR = World Ranking May 2019

Conference 1 North WR Pl W D L B F A DIFF Pts
  Ukraine 37 4 3 0 1 2 108 68 40 14
  Sweden 48 4 3 0 1 1 140 65 75 13
  Luxembourg 59 4 2 0 2 1 63 59 4 9
  Hungary 68 4 1 0 3 2 97 118 -21 6
  Moldova 56 4 1 0 3 0 147 -98 -98 4


Current League Position 2019/20Edit

last year's promoted side ↑, last year's relegated side ↓WR = current World Ranking

Conference 1 North WR Pl W D L B F A DIFF Pts
  Czech Republic 36 2 2 0 0 2 100 7 93 10
  Hungary 65 2 1 0 1 1 38 77 -39 5
  Luxembourg 56 2 1 0 1 0 20 36 -16 4
  Sweden 53 2 1 0 1 0 26 35 -9 4
  Latvia 64 2 0 0 2 1 35 64 -29 1


Competitive Results and FixturesEdit

The following is a list of test matches from the past two years, as well as any future test matches that have been officially scheduled. [4]

Date Opponent Venue Competition Result
14 October 2017   Hungary Norrkōping, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 12 – 10 W
28 October 2017   Ukraine Odessa, Ukraine Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 24 – 18 L
28 April 2018   Lithuania Kaunas, Lithuania Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 43 – 22 L
12 May 2018   Latvia Enköping, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 50 – 27 W
20 October 2018   Moldova Norrkōping, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 80 – 6 W
3 November 2018   Luxembourg Luxembourg Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 9 – 10 W
11 May 2019   Hungary Norrkōping, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 36 – 27 W
19 May 2019   Ukraine Odessa, Ukraine Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 14 – 23 L
26 October 2019   Latvia Jurmala, Latvia Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 22 – 26 W
2 November 2019   Luxembourg Malmö, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North 0 - 13 L
9 May 2020   Czech Republic Norrköping, Sweden Rugby Europe Conference 1 North
16 May 2020   Hungary Hungary Rugby Europe Conference 1 North

Records of International MatchesEdit

A record of all international matches Sweden has played.

Against Played Won Lost Drawn % Won
  Andorra 5 2 3 0 40%
  Armenia 1 1 0 0 100%
  Austria 2 2 0 0 100%
  Belgium 12 4 8 0 33.3%
  Croatia 4 3 1 0 75%
  Czech Republic 6 2 4 0 40%
  Czechoslovakia 8 0 7 1 0%
  Denmark 49 36 10 3 73.5%
  East Germany 3 0 3 0 0%
  Finland 3 3 0 0 100%
  Gibraltar 1 0 1 0 0%
  Germany 4 1 3 0 25%
  Hungary 3 3 0 0 100%
  Israel 3 3 0 0 100%
  Latvia 12 8 4 0 64%
  Lithuania 8 5 2 1 62.5%
  Luxembourg 6 5 1 0 84%
  Malta 4 1 3 0 33.3%
  Moldova 3 2 1 0 66.66%
  Netherlands 19 1 18 0 5.3%
  Norway 7 7 0 0 100%
  Poland 14 1 12 1 8%
  Portugal 2 0 2 0 0%
  Serbia and Montenegro 5 3 2 0 60%
  Soviet Union 2 0 2 0 0%
  Spain 2 0 2 0 0%
   Switzerland 6 6 0 0 100%
  Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0%
  Ukraine 6 0 6 0 0%
  West Germany 5 2 3 0 40%
Total 206 101 99 6 50.6%

HonoursEdit

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