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. 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.
Their first international competition was in the 2009 RLEF Euro Med Challenge against Catalonia and Morocco. 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 6 - 29 Morocco - Torroella de Montgrí - (4 July 2009)