List of men's national rugby league teams

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This is a list of the men's national rugby league teams in the world. A full member test playing nation is a nation that has full membership of the Rugby League International Federation.

RLIF Members[edit]

Official Rankings as of December 2013[1]
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
Note: The rankings are of November, 2012. The list is also incomplete.
Nation Founded RLIF Rank Debut Match***
 American Samoa ** 1988 - vs Tonga Tonga, 1988
 Argentina ** 2005 - vs Australia Australia Police, 2009
 Australia 1907 1st vs New Zealand New Zealand, 9 May 1908
 Austria ** 2006 - vs Germany Germany, 25 June 2006
 Belgium ** 2009 - vs Catalonia Catalonia, 25 July 2009
 Canada 1987 21st vs United States United States, 1987
 Catalonia ** 2006 - vs Morocco Morocco, 21 June 2008
 Cook Islands 1988 15th vs Niue Niue, 1986
 Cuba** 2009 - Yet to Debut
 Czech Republic 2006 25th vs United Kingdom British Students, 2006
 Denmark 2009 27th vs Norway Norway, 22 August 2009
 England * 1904 3rd vs Scotland/Wales Other Nationalities, 5 April 1904
 Estonia ** 2005 - vs Germany Germany, 22 July 2006
 Fiji 1992 7th vs Samoa Western Samoa, 1992
 France 1934 5th vs England England, 15 April 1934
 Georgia ** 2004 - vs Netherlands Netherlands, 19 April 2005
 Germany 2005 18th vs Austria Austria, 25 June 2006
 Ghana ** 2012 - Yet to Debut
 Greece ** 2003 - vs New Caledonia New Caledonia, 7 September 2003
 Hungary ** 2011 - vs Czech Republic Czech Republic, May 2011
 India ** 2010 - Yet to Debut
 Italy 1950 13th vs France France, 1951
 Ireland * 1989 11th vs United States United States, 17 March 1995
 Jamaica 2004 22nd vs United States United States, 14 November 2009
 Japan ** 2004 - vs Lebanon Lebanon, 1998
 Kazakhstan ** 2006 - Yet to Debut
 Latvia 2008 26th vs Estonia Estonia, 21 October 2007
 Lebanon 1998 14th vs Japan Japan, 1998
 Malta 2004 20th vs United Kingdom British Defence Forces, 25 September 2004
 Mexico** 2003 - Yet to Debut
 Moldova ** 1993 - vs France France, 1993
 Morocco ** 1995 - vs Moldova Moldova, 18 October 1995
 New Caledonia ** 2003 - vs Greece Greece, 7 September 2003
 New Zealand 1907 2nd vs Wales Wales, 1 January 1908
 Netherlands ** 2003 - vs Scotland Scotland A, 19 July 2003
 Niue ** 1986 - vs Cook Islands Cook Islands, 1986
 Norfolk Island ** 1992 - vs Māori people New Zealand Māori, 1992
 Pakistan ** 2008 - vs United Kingdom GB Community Lions, 18 July 2009
 Palestine ** 2011 - Unknown
 Panama** 2009 - Yet to Debut
 Papua New Guinea 1975 4th vs England England, 6 July 1975
 Philippines ** 2011 - vs Thailand Thailand, 21 October 2012
 Portugal ** 2005 - vs Fiji Fiji A, 8 October 2005
 Russia 1991 16th vs United States United States, 1994
 Samoa 1986 8th vs Tokelau Tokelau, 1986
 Saudi Arabia ** 2009 - Unknown
 Scotland * 1996 10th vs Ireland Ireland, 13 August 1995
 Serbia 1953 17th vs Lebanon Lebanon, 19 October 2003
 Sierra Leone ** 2013 - Yet to Debut
 Solomon Islands ** 1999 - vs Australia NSW Police, February 2009
 South Africa 1953 24th vs United Kingdom Great Britain, 23 August 1962
 Sweden 2008 28th vs Norway Norway, 21 October 2010
 Thailand ** 2011 - vs Philippines Philippines, 21 October 2012
 Tokelau ** 1988 - vs Samoa Western Samoa, 1986
 Tonga 1988 9th vs Samoa Western Samoa, 1986
 Trinidad and Tobago ** 2013 - Yet to Debut
 Tuvalu ** 2008 - Unknown
 Ukraine 2007 23rd vs United Kingdom British Students, 13 July 2008
 United Arab Emirates ** 2008 - vs Lebanon Lebanon, 22 July 2008
 United States 1953 12th vs France France, 14 October 1954
 Vanuatu ** 2011 - vs Greece Greece, 20 October 2012
 Wales * 1908 6th vs New Zealand New Zealand, 1 January 1908
 West Indies ** 2004 - vs South Africa South Africa, 9 October 2004
  • * At the beginning of the 2008 international season  Great Britain was split to form/reform  England,  Ireland,  Scotland and  Wales on a permanent basis as stand alone nations. All were granted full-membership into the top tier. Great Britain haven't played together since then.
  • ** Currently unranked by RLIF but is a known national rugby league team.
  • *** As Independant Nation.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ RLIF; RLIF Rankings

External links[edit]