Sweden national rugby league team

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Sweden
Badge of Sweden team
Nickname Barbarians
Governing body Rugby League Sweden
Region Scandinavia
Head coach Scott Edwards
Captain Christian Skogholm
RLIF ranking 31st
First international
 Sweden 20 - 20 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 30 October 2010)
Biggest win
 Sweden 38 - 12  Denmark
(Kävlinge, Sweden; 17 August 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 122 - 8  Sweden
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 28 April 2012)

The Sweden national rugby league team (nicknamed the Barbarians) was founded in 2008.

History[edit]

Rugby League in Sweden was founded by Scott Edwards in 2008. The first competitive rugby league on Swedish soil was the 2nd annual Scandinavian Nines Tournament, hosted by Spartacus Reds in Gothenburg in April 2010.[1] Following the success of the 9's competition, a domestic league was founded in 2011, comprising three teams - Borås Ravens, Spartacus Reds and Gothenburg Lions.[2]

Sweden competed in their first rugby league international on 30 October 2010 when they drew 20 - 20 against Norway. Robin Larsson was the first player to score a try for Sweden.

Sweden earnt their first international rugby league win in July 2013, beating Norway in the Nordic Cup 40-22 in Oslo. [3] Later in the year, Sweden would win their first ever silverware, after they beat Denmark in August. This victory secured Sweden's first ever Nordic cup title

All-time results record[edit]

Official Rankings as of December 2013[4]
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


Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Norway 2010 3 1 1 1 70 78 2013
 Denmark 2011 4 1 0 3 70 310 2013
Date Result Competition Venue Attendance
17 August 2013 Sweden def. Denmark 38-12 Nordic Cup Kävlinge, Sweden Not known
24 July 2013 Sweden def. Norway 40-22 Nordic Cup Oslo, Norway Not known[5]
28 July 2012 Norway def. Sweden 36-10 Nordic Cup Stockholm, Sweden Not known[6]
28 April 2012 Denmark def. Sweden 122-8 Test match Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 500+[7]
2 July 2011 Denmark XIII def. Sweden 52-18 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg, Sweden Not known[8]
30 October 2010 Sweden drew Norway 20-20 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg Not known[9]

Players[edit]

Squad[edit]

Sweden national rugby league team
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach



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



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