Sweden national rugby union team

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Sweden
Swdedenrugby.jpg
Union Svenska Rugbyförbundet
Coach(es) Sweden Alexander Taylor
Captain(s) Ian Gowland
Most caps Nicklas Jaråker : 54
Team kit
First international
Sweden Sweden 6 - 0 Denmark Denmark
(1949-10-23)
Largest win
Luxembourg Luxembourg 3 - 116 Sweden Sweden
(2001-05-05)
Largest defeat
Soviet Union Soviet Union 72 - 0 Sweden Sweden
(1976-07-01)

The Sweden national rugby union team is a member of the FIRA – Association of European Rugby and plays in the 2012-2014 European Nations Cup First Division. Sweden has been trying to qualify for the Rugby World Cup since the 1991 Rugby World Cup, but has yet to make it to the final competition. A majority of the players are native Swedes based in Swedish clubs but there are a growing numbers of players from the UK and Ireland that have qualified for Sweden through ancestral eligibility, and from other countries who have become eligible to play for Sweden through residency.

World Cup record[edit]

  • 1987 – No qualifying tournament held
  • 1991 - Did not qualify
  • 1995 - Did not qualify
  • 1999 - Did not qualify
  • 2003 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Did not qualify
  • 2011 - Did not qualify

Current Squad[edit]

This was the Sweden squad for the match with Poland, on 1 June 2013:[1]

Name Position Club
Peter Blaha Prop Hammarby IF Sweden
Lars Tunestål Prop Pingvin RC Sweden
Mark Beveridge Prop Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Stefan Obradovic Prop Hammarby IF Sweden
James Darbyshire Hooker Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Rickard Johansson Hooker Hammarby IF Sweden
Mattias Björkebäck Lock Hammarby IF Sweden
Daniel Chamberlain Kitman Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Daniel Legge Lock Cambridge RUFC England
Andrew Daish Flanker Old Albanian RFC England
Rhys Allen Flanker Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Sebastian Taylor Flanker Old Haberdashers RFC England
Ted Holmgren Flanker Pingvin RC Sweden
Simon Pierce Scrum Half Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Lee Sandberg Scrum Half Cambridge RUFC England
Conor Murphy Fly Half Galway Corinthians RFC Republic of Ireland
Dustin Eaton Centre Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Michael Lynch Centre Pingvin RC Sweden
Rikus van Niekerk Centre Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden
Niklas Ståhle Wing Hammarby IF Sweden
Robin Fransson Wing Enköpings RK Sweden
Tim McNally Wing Enköpings RK Sweden
Ian Gowland (c) Fullback Stockholm Exiles RFC Sweden

Schedule and Recent Results[edit]

The following is a list of matches from the past three years, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled.

Date Opponent Venue Competition Result
18 April 2009  Netherlands Amsterdam, Netherlands 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 24 – 36 L
2 May 2009  Croatia Split, Croatia 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 13 – 23 L
31 October 2009  Netherlands Trelleborg, Sweden 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 16 – 19 L
7 November 2009  Malta Paola, Malta 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 23 – 25 L
17 April 2010  Latvia Riga, Latvia 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 27 – 31 L
1 May 2010  Croatia Enkoping, Sweden 2008–2010 European Nations Cup Second Division 17 – 14 W
23 October 2010  Croatia Split, Croatia 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 32 – 13 W
6 November 2010  Lithuania Trelleborg, Sweden 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 26 – 22 W
9 April 2011  Denmark Södertälje, Sweden 2011 Viking Tri-Nations 55 – 15 W
7 May 2011  Malta Stockholm, Sweden 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 24 – 13 W
14 May 2011  Latvia Riga, Latvia 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 54 – 29 W
3 September 2011  Norway Bergen, Norway 2011 Viking Tri-Nations 18 – 7 W
22 October 2011  Lithuania Kaunas, Lithuania 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 30 – 30 D
29 October 2011  Croatia Enköping, Sweden 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 24 – 18 W
21 April 2012  Malta Valletta, Malta 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 14 – 22 L
5 May 2012  Latvia Enköping, Sweden 2010–12 European Nations Cup Second Division 31 – 5 W
20 October 2012  Ukraine Stockholm, Sweden 2012-14 European Nations Cup First Division 10 – 22 L
27 October 2012  Moldova Stockholm, Sweden 2012-14 European Nations Cup First Division 54 – 6 W
10 November 2012  Czech Republic Prague, Czech Republic 2012-14 European Nations Cup First Division 22 – 18 W

Records of International Matches[edit]

Sweden's test match record against all nations:[2]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn  % Won
 Andorra 5 2 3 0 40%
 Armenia 1 1 0 0 100%
 Austria 2 2 0 0 100%
 Belgium 12 4 8 0 33.3%
 Croatia 4 3 1 0 75%
 Czech Republic 3 2 1 0 66,67%
 Czechoslovakia 7 0 6 1 0%
 Denmark 49 36 10 3 73.5%
 East Germany 3 0 3 0 0%
 Finland 2 2 0 0 100%
 Germany 3 1 2 0 33.3%
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 100%
 Israel 3 3 0 0 100%
 Latvia 8 5 3 0 62.5%
 Lithuania 6 5 0 1 83.3%
 Luxembourg 3 3 0 0 100%
 Malta 3 1 2 0 33.3%
 Moldova 1 1 0 0 100%
 Netherlands 19 1 18 0 5.3%
 Norway 7 7 0 0 100%
 Poland 11 0 10 1 0%
 Portugal 2 0 2 0 0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 5 3 2 0 60%
 Soviet Union 2 0 2 0 0%
 Spain 2 0 2 0 0%
  Switzerland 6 6 0 0 100%
 Tunisia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Ukraine 2 0 2 0 0%
 West Germany 5 2 3 0 40%
Total 176 89 81 6 50.6%

References[edit]

  1. ^ [1]
  2. ^ . rugbydata.com > Head To Head Table http://legacy.rugbydata.com/sweden/h2htable > Head To Head Table. Retrieved 2013-06-03.  Missing or empty |title= (help)

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