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Switzerland national rugby union team

The Switzerland national rugby union team is a member of Rugby Europe and plays in the Division 2A of the European Nations Cup. Thus far Switzerland have not qualified for a Rugby World Cup.

Switzerland
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UnionSwiss Rugby Union
Coach(es)Philippe Filiatre
Andrew Mackenzie
Carter Croft
Team kit
First international
Switzerland Switzerland 4–23 Portugal Portugal
(11 April 1973)
Largest win
Bulgaria Bulgaria 9–90 Switzerland Switzerland
(14 October 2000)
Largest defeat
Morocco Morocco 43–0 Switzerland Switzerland
(11 May 1993)

The national side is ranked 30th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[1]

HistoryEdit

Switzerland played their first ever international rugby match on April 11, 1973 in Neuchatel against Portugal, losing 23–4. The following year they lost 10–18 to Belgium, and were then defeated by them 33–3 in 1975. After the second lost to Belgium, Switzerland won their first international rugby match; defeating Serbia-Montenegro 12–3 in Geneva. The only other win for Switzerland during the 1970s was a 7–4 victory over Luxembourg in 1977. In 1979 they were defeated 43–0 by Morocco and 31–0 by Portugal.

They however bounced back in 1980, defeating Luxembourg 10–7 in Berne, though they then lost close matches against Sweden and Belgium, and were again held to nil by Portugal in 1981, but got a victory over Denmark later that year. After losing to Belgium and Sweden in 1982, they then scored 60 unanswered points against Finland. They then lost nine games in a row from 1982 to 1986, then defeating Serbia-Montenegro 5–0 in May 1986.

In 1989, Switzerland attempted to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England, playing in the European tournament – Round 2A. They finished third in the final standings of the round, winning one of their three fixtures. Switzerland also participated in the qualifying tournaments for the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, making it past the preliminary round from the west group, but not advancing past Round 1.

Switzerland finished third (out of six nations) in Pool 1 of Round 1 of the European qualification tournaments for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, winning and drawing one game out of four fixtures. Switzerland had more success in the qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, finishing at the top of Pool B in Round 1 and advancing to Round 2, but were unable to advance to Round 3. In attempting to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Switzerland finished fourth in Pool D of Round 2 of the European qualification process.

Switzerland also failed to qualify for the 2011 or 2015 Rugby World Cups.

In 2016 Switzerland reached the second division (Rugby Europe Trophy, formerly Division 1B) of the ENC for the first time since the divisional structure was implemented in 2000, after winning Division 2A over the 2014-16 two-year cycle.

Current playersEdit

Name Position Date of Birth Club/Province
Schelte Betten GC Zürich  
Olivier Gerber GC Zürich  
Bang Gomay RC Genève PLO  
Frédéric Rossier Stade Lausanne RC  
Alfredo Burgener RC Nyon  
Gaby Fox RC Fribourg  
Josh Bjornson GC Zürich  
Nicolas Guyou Flanker 18 May 1982 RC Châteaurenard  
Didier Richard Stade Lausanne RC  
Sergio Hösel GC Zürich  
Ludovic Keller CA Pontarlier  
Ali Nouri Hermance RRC  
Loïc Verreman RC Nyon  
Pedro Dubois RC Nyon  
Ismael Meyer Stade Lausanne RC  
Geoff Johnson Hermance RRC  
Jonathan Hudson Hermance RRC   - Oxford University  
Iain Wise Hermance RRC  
Mathieu Guyou-Kreis RCA Cergy-Pontoise  
Jacky Dervey Stade Lausanne RC  
Thomas Douvegheant Hermance RRC  
Christophe Guillet RC Genève PLO  
Thomas Brossard RC Annemasse  
Florian Dillet Hermance RRC  

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