Denmark national rugby union team

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Denmark
Dru-logo.jpg
Union Dansk Rugby Union
Nickname(s) Danish Lions
Coach(es) Ivan Andersen
Captain(s) Jesper G. Jensen
Most caps Morten Rune Nielsen (63).
Team kit
First international
Denmark Denmark 0 - 6 Sweden Sweden
(1949-10-23)
Largest win
Denmark Denmark 100 - 0 Finland Finland
(1987-10-10)
Largest defeat
Denmark Denmark 7 - 104 Russia Russia
(2000-05-13)

The Denmark National Rugby Union Team represents Denmark in the sport of rugby union. They are governed by Dansk Rugby Union and have been playing international rugby since 1949.

DRU now has nearly 2,500 members in more than 30 clubs.[1]

The DRU Superliga is the highest tier of the national rugby union competition in Denmark. Most of the national team's players play in the local league, however a handful of them play in amateur clubs in the UK and France. There are no professional players that play for Denmark.

History[edit]

Rugby Union had been played in Denmark since 1931, but the Danish Rugby Union wasn't formed till 1950. DRU joined the Sports Confederation of Denmark in 1971 and later that year the FIRA-AER (European rugby union). In 1974 DRU co-founded the Nordic Rugby Union (now Scandinavian Rugby Union) and in 1988 DRU joined the IRB (International Rugby Board).[2]

The Danish 1st XV (known as Drusse) participates every year in the European nation tournament (EM). In Europe below the premier rugby nations, the remaining countries are divided into six divisions, where Denmark is located in the second division.

Championship tournaments determines seeding for World Cup qualifying pools. Denmark debuted in World Cup competition in Andorra, October 1992 (1995 classification). The Danish national team reached the second round of the most recent World Cup qualifiers having never qualified fully.

According to the IRB World rankings they are currently rated 60 out of 93 affiliated nations, well above neighbouring rivals Finland in 93rd position.[3]

Overall Record[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Andorra 1 0 1 1 0%
 Armenia 2 0 2 0 0%
 Austria 6 5 1 0 83.33%
 Belgium 5 1 3 1 20%
 Bulgaria 1 0 1 0 0%
 Croatia 5 0 4 1 0%
 Czech Republic 2 0 2 0 0%
 Finland 2 2 0 0 100%
 Georgia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Germany 6 1 5 0 16.67%
 Hungary 4 3 1 0 75%
 Israel 3 2 1 0 75%
 Latvia 3 2 1 0 75%
 Lithuania 1 1 0 0 100%
 Luxembourg 2 2 0 0 100%
 Malta 2 1 1 0 50%
 Moldova 1 0 1 0 0%
 Morocco 1 0 1 0 0%
 Netherlands 10 0 9 1 0%
 Norway 13 11 1 1 84.62%
 Poland 3 0 3 0 0%
 Portugal 2 0 2 0 0%
 Russia 3 0 3 0 0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 2 0 2 0 0%
 Slovenia 0 0 0 0 0%
 Spain 1 0 1 0 0%
 Sweden 49 10 36 3 20.41%
  Switzerland 9 4 3 2 44.44%
 Ukraine 3 1 2 0 33.33%
 West Germany 3 0 3 0 0%
Total 150 48 93 9 32%

Current squad[edit]

Denmark's Elite Player Squad.[4]

  • Caps not updated.
  • Clubs not updated [5]

Head Coach: Ivan Andersen
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by the International Rugby Board.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Kasper Vad Pedersen Hooker 43 Denmark Aarhus RK
Niels Bjerg Jensen Prop 4 Denmark CSR-Nanok
Michael friis Larsen Prop Denmark Aalborg
Daniel Pilgaard Prop 2 Denmark Aarhus RK
Kristian Rieberholt Andersen Lock 3 Denmark Holstebro RK
Johannes Mackeprang Lock * Denmark RK Speed
Gaspard Nau Valbak Flanker * France VGA Saint Maur
Nico Vermaak Flanker 3 Denmark Lindø RSC
Johannes Soussan Number 8 * Denmark CSR-Nanok
Mikkel S. Jensen Scrum-half 3 Denmark Aarhus RK
Sylvester Michaelsen Fly-half 2 Denmark CSR-Nanok
Andreas Robertson Centre 10 England Nottingham Trent University
Jesper G. Jensen (c) Centre 19 Denmark Lindø RSC
Oliver Le Roux Wing 4 Denmark RK Speed
Christian Melgaard Wing 3 Denmark Erritsø GIF Rugby
Joshua Jensen Fullback 1 Denmark D
Rasmus Dufke Hooker 1 Denmark CSR-Nanok
Niels B. W. Gotfredsen Lock 5 Denmark Aarhus RK
Jannick Larsen Flanker 1 Denmark Lindø RSC
Andrew Grantham Fullback 10 Denmark Aarhus RK
James B Rosenfeldt Scrum-half Denmark CSR-Nanok
Thomas Grågaard Wing Denmark Holstebro RK
Emad Libis Flanker * Denmark CSR-Nanok

References[edit]

  1. ^ "IRB Denmark". IRB.com. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  2. ^ "DRU History". DRU. Retrieved 2010-04-28. 
  3. ^ "IRB World Rankings". IRB official world rankings. International Rugby Board. Retrieved December 2, 2011. 
  4. ^ "Truppen mod Andorra". Rugby DK. 5 October 2012. 
  5. ^ "Arets Talent". Rugby DK. 23 January 2012. 

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