Belgium national rugby league team

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Belgium
Nickname Golden Lions
Region Europe
Head coach Jacques Sarramona
Captain Damien Parée
Home stadium Centre Sportif de Neder Over Hembeek
RLIF ranking 22nd
Colours
First game
 Belgium 28–22 Catalonia 
(Wavre, Belgium; 25 July 2009)
Biggest win
 Belgium 22–6 Netherlands 
(Delft, Netherlands; 29 June 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Spain 54–10 Belgium 
(Moncada, Spain; 8 June 2014)

The Belgium national rugby league team represents Belgium in the sport of rugby league football.

For more Belgian stats, news, team results and more visit Belgium's RLEF Page.

History[edit]

The success of the 2008 Rugby League World Cup resulted in a popularity surge for the sport around the world. As a result, a number of new nations took up the sport. Belgium followed this trend in 2009.[1] Rugby League Belgium was started with a single franchise, Brabant Wallon Wavre Rugby XIII, and the creation of a national side to participate in the RLEF Euro Med Challenge and other international matches.[2]

Under new President Yves-Michael Kazadi, Belgium were granted observer membership of the Rugby League European Federation in June 2013.[3]

International Results[edit]

Their first international competition was in the 2009 RLEF Euro Med Challenge against Catalonia and Morocco.[4] In their very first international, Belgium defeated Catalonia in front of a home crowd in Wavre. Belgium came in second in the Euro Med Challenge 2009, losing to Morocco 46-12.

2009 Euro Med Challenge

  • Catalonia 29 - 6 Morocco - Torroella de Montgrí - (4 July 2009)
  • Belgium 22 - 28 Catalonia - Wavre - (25 July 2009)
  • Morocco 12 - 46 Belgium - Béziers - (15 August 2009)
Team P W D L Pt
1 Catalonia 2 2 0 0 4
2 Belgium 2 1 0 1 2
3 Morocco 2 0 0 2 0

Following this tournament, the national team took a 4-year hiatus before being granted affiliate RLEF membership and returning to international competition in 2013.

National Team Results

Year Date Result Venue City Attendance Competition
2009 25 July Belgium def. Catalonia 28-22 Wavre, Belgium Euro-Med Challenge
2009 15 August Morocco def. Belgium 46-16 Beziers, France Euro-Med Challenge
2013 29 June Belgium def. Netherlands 22-6 match report Delft, Netherlands International friendly
2014 24 May Spain def. Belgium 12-10 match report Centre Sportif Neder-Over-Heembeek, Belgium International friendly
2014 8 June Spain def. Belgium 54-10 match report Campo de Rugby la Pelosa Moncada, Spain International friendly
2014 28 June Belgium def. Netherlands 32-16 Centre Sportif Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels[2] Tri-Nation Challenge Cup
2014 20 July England who tourwith college players in Belgium for the Centenary of the first world war def. Belgium Baby Lions 72-6 Centre Sportif Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels[3]

All-Time Results Record[edit]

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against
CataloniaCatalonia 2009 1 1 0 0 28 22
MoroccoMorocco 2009 1 0 0 1 12 46
NetherlandsNetherlands 2013 2 2 0 0 54 22
SpainSpain 2014 2 0 0 2 20 66
EnglandEngland 2014 1 0 0 1 06 72
Official Rankings as of December 2014[5]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 984.00
2  New Zealand 884.00
3  England 485.00
4 Increase  Samoa 316.00
5 Decrease  France 215.00
6  Fiji 184.00
7 Increase  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9 Decrease  Wales 122.00
10  United States 119.00
11  Papua New Guinea 112.00
12 Steady  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Serbia 49.00
14  Canada 49.00
15 Decrease  Russia 45.00
16  Tonga 32.00
17  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Steady  Germany 27.00
19  Norway 22.00
20  Ukraine 21.00
21  Lebanon 19.00
22  Belgium 19.00
23 Increase  Greece 19.00
24 Decrease  Malta 18.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 14.00
26 Increase  Denmark 13.00
27 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
28 Steady  Spain 9.00
29 Increase  Czech Republic 7.00
30  Sweden 7.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 4.00
32 Increase  Hungary 2.00
33 Decrease  Latvia 0.00
34 Steady  Morocco 0.00


Squad[edit]

The squad who played in the Euro Med Challenge.

Player Caps
Fabian Renquin 1
Jean Mo Outara 1
Bram Coupe 1
Ludovic Ovets 1
Jouad Samsam 1
Hadrien Radelet 1
Morris Keeble 1
Eric Delreux 1
Frederic Clement 1
Bertrand Billi 1
Tyler Gagnon 1
Giles Massaux 1
Mohamed Belhakbar 1
Michael Traina 1
Mark Witty 1
Esteban Keeble 1
Thomas Mrad 1

The squad who played in the Tri Nation Challenge.

Belgium vs Hollande 2014

Medhi Hrim, Josquin Dewinne, Redouane Cridi, Simon Marotte, Simon Troquereau, Karim Hammadat, Kevin Williams, Agim Coroli, Christopher Heinz, Sydney Mulumba, Younes Hammadat, Damien Paree, Stephen Garofalo. Subs: Youssef Zoubir, Jimmy Mulumba, Idriss Tiogum, Lelio Guimar

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BELGIUM RUGBY LEAGUE NATION OVERVIEW". Rugby League Planet. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  2. ^ "Rugby 13". Rugby League Belgium XIII. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  3. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/belgium/introduction
  4. ^ "Catalonia Won 52 to 10 in the Czech Republic". Associació Catalana de Rugby Lliga. 2009-06-22. Retrieved 2009-06-30. 
  5. ^ [1]; RLIF Rankings

www.belgiumrugby13.com/==External links==

  • [www.belgiumrugby13.com/ Official site of Rugby League Belgium]