Sweden national rugby union team
|Most caps||Nicklas Jaråker : 54|
| Sweden 6 - 0 Denmark
| Luxembourg 3 - 116 Sweden
| Soviet Union 72 - 0 Sweden
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.
"Swedish football" in the nineteenth century was a variant of association football with some rugby elements. By 1900, Swedish football clubs were using the Football Association's rules, with no rugby influence.
The pure form of rugby was introduced between the wars. The visiting cruisers of the British Royal Navy, HMS Dorsetshire and HMS Norfolk played the first recorded match in Stockholm The sport became well established in this period thanks also to the efforts of Yves Gylden, who had learnt the game in France, and founded the first three Swedish clubs in Stockholm.
As with many other countries in Europe, the Second World War nearly finished off the game. Sweden was neutral in this conflict, meaning that the game did not suffer the war casualties that it did in other countries. By 1960, the number of active clubs had declined to fewer than ten. This was remedied in the 60s and 70s by an intensive development programme, which helped to bring that figure up to at least 55 clubs in the mid 90s.
A persistent problem for Swedish rugby has been the climate, which means that many pitches may be under snow for large parts of the year. For this reason rugby is a summer sport in Sweden, the season running from late April to the middle of October.
World Cup record
- 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
|Peter Blaha||Prop||Hammarby IF|
|Lars Tunestål||Prop||Pingvin RC|
|Mark Beveridge||Prop||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Stefan Obradovic||Prop||Hammarby IF|
|James Darbyshire||Hooker||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Rickard Johansson||Hooker||Hammarby IF|
|Mattias Björkebäck||Lock||Hammarby IF|
|Daniel Chamberlain||Kitman||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Daniel Legge||Lock||Cambridge RUFC|
|Andrew Daish||Flanker||Old Albanian RFC|
|Rhys Allen||Flanker||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Sebastian Taylor||Flanker||Old Haberdashers RFC|
|Ted Holmgren||Flanker||Pingvin RC|
|Simon Pierce||Scrum Half||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Lee Sandberg||Scrum Half||Cambridge RUFC|
|Conor Murphy||Fly Half||Galway Corinthians RFC|
|Dustin Eaton||Centre||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Michael Lynch||Centre||Pingvin RC|
|Rikus van Niekerk||Centre||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
|Niklas Ståhle||Wing||Hammarby IF|
|Robin Fransson||Wing||Enköpings RK|
|Tim McNally||Wing||Enköpings RK|
|Ian Gowland (c)||Fullback||Stockholm Exiles RFC|
Schedule and Recent Results
The following is a list of matches from the past three years, as well as any future matches that have been officially scheduled.
Records of International Matches
Sweden's test match record against all nations:
|Serbia and Montenegro||5||3||2||0||60%|
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