Serbia national rugby league team

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Serbia
Badge of Serbia team
Nickname White Eagles (Beli orlovi)
Governing body Serbian Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Marko Janković
Captain Dalibor Vukanović
Most caps Zoran Pešić (28)
Home stadium Makiš Stadium, Belgrade
RLIF ranking 17th
Colours
First international
 Lebanon 102–0 Serbia 
(19 October 2003)
Biggest win
 Germany 6–90 Serbia 
(22 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
 France 120–0 Serbia 
(22 October 2003)

The Serbia national rugby league team represents Serbia in the sport of rugby league football, has been participating in international competition since 2003.

For more Serbian stats, news, team results and more visit Serbia's RLEF Page.

History[edit]

Rugby League was first played in Serbia in 1953 when it was introduced by Dragan Marsicevic, secretary of the Yugoslav Sport Association. Two French teams toured later that year, and in 1954 the clubs Partizan and Radnički were formed. These clubs played their first match on April 26, 1954.

In 1961 a Yugoslav Rugby League team played its only game against a French Select XIII team in Banja Luka. The French team won 13-0. The sport was died out soon afterwards.

The Serbian Rugby 13 Federation was formed on November 10, 2001. There is now an eight team domestic competition between Dorcol Spiders, Morava Cheetahs, Red Star Belgrade, Belgrade University, Radnički Nova Pazova, Tsar Lazar, Soko, Stari Grad, and Niš.

Serbia has participated in the Mediterranean Cup competition in 2003 and 2004.

Serbia won the 2006 and 2007 Slavic Cup after beating Czech Republic 36-28 in Prague and 56-16 in Belgrade, respectively.

2008 World Cup Qualifying[edit]

See also 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

Serbia failed to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, losing to Holland, Russia and Georgia in 2006, to be eliminated from the qualification process.

Serbia won 2007 and 2010 European Shield tournaments, by beating both Germany and Czech Republic on both occasions.

Serbia took part in then European 2nd tier competition Euro Med Challenge in 2008. After being defeated 4-30 by Russia in Novi Sad and 14-20 by Lebanon in Bhamdoun, Serbs finished third.

Serbia was a participant in the 2009 European Cup, having been drawn in a group alongside Wales and Ireland.

2013 World Cup Qualifying[edit]

Serbia participated in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers in October 2011. They played games against Italy, Lebanon and Russia, but were defeated in all three matches and so were ultimately unsuccessful in qualification for the tournament.

2014 Balkans Cup[edit]

Serbia participated in the inaugural Balkans Cup tournament in held in their own country. Serbia finished second in the tournament after a defeat to Greece in the final.[1]

2011 Squad[edit]

2011 Serbia Squad
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach

  • Marko Janković



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: 29 June 2010
Source(s): European Shield 2010

Notable players that have played for Serbia[edit]

Notable players of Serbian Heritage[edit]

Youth National Teams[edit]

Serbian youth national teams permanently compete in European cups from 2006. Their first appearance was in France during Under 19s European Nations Cup. They finished 6th after dying minutes defeat by Scotland Under 19s.

In 2007, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Nations Cup. Win over Russia Under 16s in group stage secured match for the 3rd place, but Serbia Under 16s eventually lost 20-22 by Euro Celts Under 16s and finished 4th.

In 2008 Serbia attended Under 18s European Nations Cup in Czech Republic. Ireland Under 18s beat Serbia Under 18s in preliminaries and send them to European Nation Shield semifinals, where they beat Euro Celts Under 18s and qualify for the Shield final. In the most indecisive game of the tournament, Serbs finally lost to Scots after golden point extra time (second extra time) and won 6th place.

In 2009, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Championships for the second time. Serbia Under 16s failed to win a game in the European Shield part of the competition. The both, Euro Celts Under 16s (composed of Irish, Russian, Welsh, Czech, Serbian and French players) and Scotland Under 16s defeated Serbia Under 16s on their home soil and Serbs finished 6th.

All-time Results Record[edit]

Official Rankings as of December 2014[2]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 984.00
2  New Zealand 884.00
3  England 485.00
4 Increase  Samoa 316.00
5 Decrease  France 215.00
6  Fiji 184.00
7 Increase  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9 Decrease  Wales 122.00
10  United States 119.00
11  Papua New Guinea 112.00
12 Steady  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Serbia 49.00
14  Canada 49.00
15 Decrease  Russia 45.00
16  Tonga 32.00
17  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Steady  Germany 27.00
19  Norway 22.00
20  Ukraine 21.00
21  Lebanon 19.00
22  Belgium 19.00
23 Increase  Greece 19.00
24 Decrease  Malta 18.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 14.00
26 Increase  Denmark 13.00
27 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
28 Steady  Spain 9.00
29 Increase  Czech Republic 7.00
30  Sweden 7.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 4.00
32 Increase  Hungary 2.00
33 Decrease  Latvia 0.00
34 Steady  Morocco 0.00
Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Lebanon 2003 3 0 0 3 20 186 2010
 France 2003 2 0 0 2 4 138 2010
 Morocco 2003 2 0 1 1 24 78 2010
 Netherlands 2005 2 0 0 2 36 54 2010
 Georgia 2005 2 0 0 2 22 89 2010
 Russia 2006 6 0 0 6 78 179 2010
 Czech Republic 2006 4 4 0 0 204 52 2010
 Greece 2006 1 0 0 1 26 44 2010
 Germany 2007 6 5 0 1 284 71 2010
 Ireland 2009 1 0 0 1 0 82 2010
 Wales 2009 1 0 0 1 8 88 2010
 Italy 2009 4 1 0 3 64 146 2010
 Ukraine 2011 1 1 0 0 10 4 2010
Date Result Competition Venue
17 May 2014 Serbia def. Ukraine 40-14 European Championship B Zeleznicar Stadium, Niš, Serbia [3]
14 September 2013 Italy def. Serbia 32-20 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[4]
25 May 2013 Russia def. Serbia 24-10 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [5]
18 May 2013 Serbia def. Germany 46-10 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [6]
22 September 2012 Russia def. Serbia 21-20 Rugby League European Shield Nara Stadium, Narofominsk, Russia [7]
9 June 2012 Serbia def. Italy 24-18 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [8]
12 May 2012 Germany def. Serbia 25-24 Rugby League European Shield Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg, Germany[9]
29 October 2011 Russia def. Serbia 36-28 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[10]
23 October 2011 Italy def. Serbia 52-6 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[11]
16 October 2011 Lebanon def. Serbia 96-4 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[12]
30 September 2011 Serbia def. Ukraine 10-4 Milan Kosanovic Cup Ada Ciganlija Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[13]
22 April 2011 Serbia def. Germany 90-6 Friendly International TuS Hochspeyer, Kaiserslautern, Germany[14]
3 July 2010 Serbia def. Germany 40-14 Rugby League European Shield, West Division FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[15]
26 June 2010 Serbia def. Czech Republic 56-4 Rugby League European Shield, West Division RK Petrovice, Prague, Czech Republic[16]
8 November 2009 Italy def. Serbia 42-14 2009 Rugby League European Cup The Llynfi Road, Maesteg, Wales[17]
25 October 2009 Wales def. Serbia 88-8 2009 Rugby League European Cup FK Smederevo, Smederevo, Serbia[18]
18 October 2009 Ireland def. Serbia 82-0 2009 Rugby League European Cup Tullamore, Ireland[19]
5 October 2008 Lebanon def. Serbia 20-14 Rugby League Euro Med Challenge Municipal Stadium, Bhamdoun, Lebanon[20]
20 September 2008 Russia def. Serbia 30-4 Rugby League Euro Med Challenge FK Kabel, Novi Sad, Serbia [21]
18 August 2007 Serbia def. Czech Republic 56-16 Rugby League European Shield FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[22]
7 July 2007 Serbia def. Germany 38-6 Rugby League European Shield Heidelberg, Germany[23]
12 August 2006 Serbia def. Czech Republic 34-26 Slavic Cup Ragbyove hřiště v Edenu, Prague, Czech Republic
17 June 2006 Netherlands def. Serbia 38-26 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Rotterdamse RC Beekweg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands[24]
4 June 2006 Russia def. Serbia 44-6 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[25]
13 May 2006 Georgia def. Serbia 45-10 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[26]
24 July 2005 Georgia def. Serbia 44-12 2005 Rugby League European Cup Qualifier Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia[27]
18 June 2005 Netherlands def. Serbia 26-10 2005 Rugby League European Cup Qualifier FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[28]
25 October 2003 Morocco XIII def. Serbia 58-4 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[29]
22 October 2003 France def. Serbia 120-0 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Municipal Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon[30]
19 October 2003 Lebanon def. Serbia 102-0 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[31]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000597
  2. ^ [1]; RLIF Rankings
  3. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000545
  4. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000486
  5. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000482
  6. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000481
  7. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000303
  8. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000300
  9. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000298
  10. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000060
  11. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000059
  12. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000057
  13. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000284
  14. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000200
  15. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000028
  16. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000027
  17. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000071
  18. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000066
  19. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000065
  20. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000099
  21. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000100
  22. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000107
  23. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_shield/report?RLE00000105
  24. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000187
  25. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000186
  26. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/wcq/report?RLE00000184
  27. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000191
  28. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000190
  29. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000224
  30. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000222
  31. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/other/report?RLE00000221

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