Finland national rugby union team

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Finland
Finland rugby logo.png
Union Suomen Rugbyliitto
Coach(es) England Alan Hine
Captain(s) Finland Thomas Finell
Most caps Finland Andras Devenyi (35)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Finland 0 - 60 Switzerland  
(1982-05-22)
Largest win
 Finland 55 - 5 Estonia 
(2010-10-02)
Largest defeat
 Denmark 100 - 0 Finland 
(1987-10-10)

The Finland national rugby union team represents Finland at the sport of rugby union. The nation has thus far not played in a Rugby World Cup, but has participated in qualifying tournaments. Finland also compete in the European Nations Cup, playing in Division 2D. They are currently ranked 100th in the IRB World Rankings.[1]

History[edit]

Finland played their first ever rugby international in 1982 against Switzerland, which they lost. Finland went onto win their first international in 1991, defeating Norway 18 points to 3

They played Monaco in 2002. Finland's attempt to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France began in Round 1 of the European tournaments. They faced Bulgaria in a two match series as part of the Round 1 group to determine which nation would advance. Bulgaria won the first game 42 points to 3 in Helsinki and won the second leg 50 to 3 in Sofia to knock Finland out of the tournament.

Finland are currently bottom of the IRB World Rankings with a score of 26.29.

Record[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 0 1 50%
 Bulgaria 7 0 7 0 0%
 Cyprus 2 0 2 0 0%
 Denmark 2 0 2 0 0%
 Estonia 2 2 0 0 100%
 Greece 6 3 3 0 50%
 Israel 5 1 4 0 20%
 Luxembourg 6 1 5 0 16.66%
 Monaco 1 0 1 0 0%
 Norway 8 1 7 0 12.5%
 Slovenia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Sweden 2 0 2 0 0%
  Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 45 9 35 1 20%

Current Squad[edit]

  • This was the list of players called to represent Finland vs. Luxembourg, on October 6 for the 2014 European Nations Cup - Pool Division 2D.

Forwards
Mikael Ahola
Andras Devenyi
Fred Harrison
Janne Heinänen
Aaro Katainen
Mauno Konttila
Juha Rainvuori
Tatu Rantakokko
Riku Ryynänen
Semu Salmivalli
Ari Tikkanen
Dawie van de Walt
Stephen Whittaker

Backs
Thomas Finell
Joakim Grader
Antti Lammi
Mikko Luopio
Mikko Moilanen
Lasse Sariola
Ilkka Tuomaala
Valteri Valtia

Coach: Alan Hine
Assistant Coach: Alistair Davies
Physio: Anna Viljämaa
Assistant Physio: James Harrod

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