Netherlands national rugby union team

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 Netherlands
Netherlands national rugby union team (logo).png
Union Dutch Rugby Union
Coach(es) Alex Chang [1]
Captain(s) Allard Jonkers
Most caps Marc Visser (67)[2]
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Netherlands Netherlands 6 - 6 Belgium Belgium
(March 13, 1932)
Largest win
Netherlands Netherlands 62 - 0 Denmark Denmark
(October 6, 1973)
Largest defeat
England England 110 - 0 Netherlands Netherlands
(November 14, 1998)

The Netherlands national rugby union team are a national sporting side of the Netherlands, representing them at rugby union. The side first played in 1932.

History[edit]

The Netherlands played their first game in 1932, against Belgium on March 13. The Netherlands played Belgium and Germany as well as Romania.

During the 1940s they played regularly against Belgium and Germany. The 1960s saw the side play West Germany regularly as well as other fixtures including matches against Poland, Sweden, Spain and Czechoslovakia.

The 1970s saw fixtures played against teams including Italy. They won a number of games from 1984 through to 1987. Currently the team plays in the 2010-12 European Nations Cup First Division B

Since the introduction of the Rugby World Cup, the Netherlands has yet to qualify for the finals tournament.

2010–12 European Nations Cup[edit]

The 2010–12 European Nations Cup Division 1B was a very disappointing performance from the Dutch side as they won only 1 of their 10 games, and they were therefore relegated for the 2012–14 European Nations Cup First Division.

For the 2010-11 season, they lost all 5 of their games with their first to Czech Republic by 25 – 13, which was followed by a 29 – 10 loss to Germany. They then lost to Poland, Belgium and Moldova 32 – 18, 30 – 18 and 22 – 15 respectively.

The 2011-12 season started with another loss to Germany 23 – 7, followed by Czech Republic 22 – 10 and the worst of the lot, a 58 – 3 slaughtering to the hands of Belgium. They then had something to smile about even though it had no outcome to their final standing, as they beat Moldova 40 – 26, but finished off a very disappointing year with a 32 – 19 loss to Poland.

Current Team[edit]

Backs
Player
Position Club
Rik Roovers Scrum-half Netherlands RC Hilversum
Jeroen Fluiter Scrum-half Netherlands RC Hilversum
Fedde Lingsma Fly-half Netherlands RC Hilversum
Peter Te Kluve Fly-half Netherlands Utrecht RC
Richard Van de Broek Centre Netherlands LRC Diok
Jordy Bonhof Centre Netherlands LRC Diok
Sep Visser Centre Scotland Edinburgh
Floris van de Ruit Centre Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Jay-Jay Boske Wing Netherlands RC Hilversum
Titus Klumper Wing Netherlands LRC Diok
Johnny Nas Fullback Netherlands RC Hilversum
Bart Viguurs Fullback Netherlands RC The Dukes
Forwards
Player
Position Club
Tufan Yılmaz Hooker Turkey RC Avrasya
Allard Jonkers Prop Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Rob Rijnholt Prop Netherlands RC Hilversum
Miquel van der Cruijsen Prop Netherlands RC The Dukes
Giorgi Tskitishvili Prop France Lille Métropole Rugby
Koen Buseman Lock Netherlands Haagse RC
Boudewijn de Rouw Lock Netherlands RC The Dukes
Robert Van Trigt Lock Netherlands RC Hilversum
Henry Eikemans Flanker Netherlands RC The Dukes
Tjebbe Jehee Flanker Netherlands LRC Diok
Bobby Teijsse Flanker Netherlands Amsterdam AC
Gerard Viguurs Flanker NetherlandsRC The Dukes
Agustin Garello Flanker Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Dirk Danen Number eight Netherlands RC Hilversum
Stefan Vos Number eight Netherlands RC The Dukes

External links[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rugby.nl/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=610&Itemid=308 viewed 19 dec 2011
  2. ^ http://www.edinburghrugby.org/team/back-three/tim-visser