Norway national rugby league team

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Norway
Badge of Norway team
Nickname The Vikings
Governing body Rugby League Norway (NORSKRL)
Region Scandinavia
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 December 2013[3]
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


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 3 1 1 1 78 70 2013
 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

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 July 5, 2009 in Oslo which the visitors won 24 - 0.[6][7] Norway played their first international on August 22, 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. ^ RLIF; 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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