Norway national rugby league team

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Norway
Badge of Norway team
Nickname The Vikings
Governing body Norway Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach TBC
Captain Fredrik Skovly
First game
 Norway 0-24 GB Pioneers United Kingdom
(Oslo, Norway; 4 July 2009)
Biggest win
 Norway 32-28 Germany 
(Bislett Stadion, Oslo; 9 July 2011)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 64-24 Norway 
(Gianni Bencini Ground, Pembroke, Malta; 2 September 2011)

Despite only experiencing their foundation year of rugby league in 2008, Rugby League in Norway has dramatically escalated through junior, amateur and semi-professional level. They are recognised by the Rugby League International Federation as having affiliate status.

For more Norwegian stats, news, team results and more visit Norway's RLEF Page.

History[edit]

In February 2008, Norway were granted official observer status by the Rugby League European Federation despite being unranked at this point. This was not the only major point of development in the year, as a committee was formed, based in capital city Oslo, with the aim of developing the game all over the country.[1]

Current squad[edit]

  • Reece Prosser,(Bodø Barbarians),
  • Magnus Sundsfjord,(Bodø Barbarians),
  • Mads Ove Haukland,(Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Kristoffer Milligan, (Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Roger Stenlund (Flekkefjord Tigers),
  • Daniel Fagerås,(Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Sonny Mellor, (Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Robin Svendson (Flisbyen Broncos)
  • Jørgen Schmidt (Fredrikstad Falcons)
  • Omar Bagdhadi (Kristiansand Krusaders)
  • Peter Engeland, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Nils Haigh,(Oslo Capitals)
  • Cam Leslie, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Anders Linnestå,(Oslo Capitals)
  • Erlend Meldalen, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Fredrik Skovly, (Oslo Capitals) (C)
  • Martin Skovly, (Oslo Capitals)
  • Callum Sullivan (Oslo Capitals)
  • Kevin Båtnes,(Porsgrunn Pirates
  • Andreas Bjugn,(Porsgrunn Pirates
  • Kai Roger Holm (Porsgrunn Pirates)
  • Lars Haigh, (Saddleworth Rangers)
  • Thomas Hilton (Saddleworth Rangers)
  • Isaac Schmidt, (Tromsø Polar Bears)
  • Joshua Skidmore-Hornby, (Tromsø Polar Bears)
  • Henrik Roalsø (Tromsø Polar Bears)
  • Manager: Warren Heilig
  • Coach: Matt South

[2]

Official Rankings as of May 2015[3]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  New Zealand 949.00
2 Decrease  Australia 941.00
3 Steady  England 485.00
4  Samoa 320.00
5  France 215.00
6  Fiji 196.00
7  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9  Wales 122.00
10  United States 118.00
11  Papua New Guinea 113.00
12  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Canada 49.00
14 Decrease  Serbia 47.00
15 Increase  Tonga 47.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Decrease  Belgium 30.00
19  Germany 24.00
20 Increase  Lebanon 24.00
21 Decrease  Norway 22.00
22  Ukraine 21.00
23 Increase  Malta 20.00
24 Decrease  Greece 19.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 15.00
26 Increase  Spain 14.00
27 Decrease  Denmark 13.00
28 Increase  South Africa 12.00
29 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
30 Decrease  Czech Republic 9.00
31  Sweden 7.00
32 Steady  Hungary 2.00
33 NEW  Niue 2.00
34 Decrease  Latvia 2.00
35 NEW  Philippines 2.00
36 Decrease  Morocco 0.00


Rugby League Norway[edit]

In 2009, Rugby League Norway was formed as an opportunity for a national competition was seen. Warren Heilig saw and organised this opportunity as the standard of Rugby Union in the nation was limited to one tier of competition. So, less experienced players could only have limited game time. Heilig had the idea that these less experienced players from big union clubs should try second-tier rugby league. This ensured that league had an advantage over union in that there was a much wider range of age and standard of play. It was also easier to learn - so Rugby League Norway no longer needed to rely on ex-union players and could attract more local junior, youth and amateur players to the game.[1]

All-time Results Record[edit]

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Denmark 2009 5 2 0 3 70 60 2014
 Malta 2010 2 0 0 2 44 94 2011
 Sweden 2010 4 1 1 2 90 94 2014
 Germany 2011 1 1 0 0 32 28 2011
 Ukraine 2013 1 0 0 1 14 42 2013
 Czech Republic 2013 1 1 0 0 26 14 2013
 Thailand 2014 1 0 0 1 6 46 2014

Competitions[edit]

Norway's maiden Rugby League event was the "Scandinavia Cup", which was held in Oslo, Norway between 30 and 31 May 2009 [4] and played under 9's rules.[5] Norway played Great Britain Pioneers in their first representative match on 5 July 2009 in Oslo which the visitors won 24 - 0.[6][7] Norway played their first international on 22 August 2009, against Denmark in Copenhagen and won 28 - 26.[1]

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Norway Rugby League Planet". Rugby League Planet. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ http://www.rleague.com/db/article.php?id=36521
  3. ^ [1]; RLIF Rankings
  4. ^ "All Go In Norway". Last Tackle. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  5. ^ "RLEF". RLEF. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. ^ "Pioneers Triumph but Norway Emerge With Credit". RLEF. 2009-06-19. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  7. ^ "Norway Match a Great Successt". lastackle.com. 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2009-07-19. 

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