Belgium national rugby league team

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Belgium
Region Europe
Captain Eric Delreux
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]

Belgium were granted observer membership of the Rugby League European Federation in 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 6 - 29 Morocco - Torroella de Montgrí - (4 July 2009)
  • Belgium 28 - 22 Catalonia - Wavre - (25 July 2009)
  • Morocco 46 - 12 Belgium - Béziers - (15 August 2009)
Team P W D L Pt
1 Morocco 2 2 0 0 4
2 Belgium 2 1 0 1 2
3 Catalonia 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

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 1 1 0 0 22 6
SpainSpain 2014 2 0 0 2 20 66
Official Rankings as of December 2013[5]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 1,108.00
2  New Zealand 742.00
3  England 570.00
4  France 233.00
5 Increase  Fiji 201.00
6 Decrease  Wales 173.00
7  Papua New Guinea 166.00
8  Samoa 145.00
9 Steady  Ireland 128.00
10  United States 127.00
11 Decrease  Scotland 101.00
12 Increase  Italy 84.00
13 Decrease  Tonga 54.00
14  Cook Islands 48.00
15  Russia 42.00
16 Steady  Canada 40.00
17 Decrease  Serbia 38.00
18  Germany 30.00
19  Norway 28.00
20  Lebanon 23.00
21 Increase  Ukraine 19.00
22 Decrease  Malta 19.00
23  Jamaica 15.00
24 Increase  Netherlands 10.00
25 Decrease  South Africa 8.00
26  Denmark 6.00
27  Czech Republic 5.00
28 Increase New  Greece 5.00
29 Decrease  Belgium 4.00
30  Latvia 4.00
31  Sweden 1.00
32 Steady New  Hungary 1.00
33 Steady New  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

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. ^ RLIF; RLIF Rankings

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