Belgium national rugby union team

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Belgium
Shirt badge/Association crest
Nickname(s)Diables Noirs / Zwarte Duivels (Black Devils)
UnionBelgian Rugby Federation
Head coachFrédéric Cocqu
CaptainJulien Berger
Most capsAlan Williams (55)
Top scorerAlan Williams (527)
Top try scorerBaptiste Lescarboura (11)
Julien Berger (11)
Home stadiumStade Communal Fallon
First colours
Second colours
World Rugby ranking
Current27 (as of 21 November 2020)
Highest22 (2012)
Lowest51 (2004)
First international
Belgium 11-0 Netherlands
(Brussels, Belgium 1 July 1930)
Biggest win
UAE 3-94 Belgium
(Dubai, UAE 8 December 2012)
Biggest defeat
Romania 83–5 Belgium
(București, Romania 8 December 1996)
Websitewww.rugby.be

The Belgium national rugby union team (French: Équipe nationale de Belgique de Rugby de XV) (German: Belgische Rugby-Nationalmannschaft) represents Belgium in men's international rugby union competitions, nicknamed Diables Noirs / Zwarte Duivels (Black Devils). Although Belgium are currently 27th in World Rugby rankings, they are yet to participate in a Rugby World Cup and currently compete in the first division of the European Nations Cup, which they have been playing in since 2017. Rugby union in Belgium is administered by the Belgian Rugby Federation.


History[edit]

The Belgium rugby team played their first match on 13 March 1932 against the Netherlands. They contested annual games against the Netherlands for half a decade starting in 1932. They drew the 1932 game, but lost subsequent matches during the 1930s. They also played Italy and Germany in 1937, losing both games.

During the 1950s, Belgium continued playing the Netherlands, as well as teams like Spain. They managed to obtain a draw in the 1960s against Portugal. In the 1970s they won the majority of their games, as well as playing a broader range of European nations. This trend continued throughout the 1980s. Belgium had a six-game winning streak in the late 1980s. They began playing more games against their regular European opponents as they entered the 1990s. A Belgium side played the Argentina national rugby union team prior to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. A Belgium XV played the Barbarians on 24 May 2008.

Belgium has been steadily improving, ranked number 55th in 2004, the 'Black Devils' improved a whole lot on the following years, obtaining good results against other European Nations, gaining entry to the IRB Ranking's Top 30 in 2010. Since their induction to the first 30 rugby nations in the international ranking, they have managed to maintain their place.

Belgium had a very successful campaign during the 2010-2012 European Nations Cup, with a 10 match winning streak from March 2011 to December 2012. They gained promotion to the ENC 1A for the 2012-14 competition, where they play against sides such as Spain, Portugal, and the latest 2011 Rugby World Cup participants, Romania, Georgia and Russia.

Jacques Rogge, the former International Olympic Committee president, was a member of the Belgium national team.

Rugby World Cup qualification[edit]

  • 1987 - Not invited
  • 1991 -Did not qualify
  • 1995 - Did not qualify
  • 1999 - Did not qualify
  • 2003 - Did not qualify
  • 2007 - Did not qualify
  • 2011 - Did not qualify
  • 2015 - Did not qualify
  • 2019 - Did not qualify

Current squad[edit]

The following 34 players were called up for the 2020 Rugby Europe Championship game against Romania Romania on the 1st of November 2020.[1]

Head Coach: France Frédéric Cocqu

Caps updated: 3 October 2020

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Alexis Cuffolo Hooker (1991-06-13) 13 June 1991 (age 29) 17 Belgium Coq Mosan
Thomas Dienst Hooker (1987-01-19) 19 January 1987 (age 33) 54 France Léognan
Vincent Tauzia Hooker (1992-07-17) 17 July 1992 (age 28) 6 France Clermont-Cournon d'Auvergne
Bastien Gallaire Prop (1999-03-29) 29 March 1999 (age 21) 9 France Suresnes
Julien Massimi Prop (1984-09-19) 19 September 1984 (age 36) 15 Belgium Waterloo
Maxime Jadot Prop (1991-01-06) 6 January 1991 (age 29) 17 France Anglet
Romain Pinte Prop (1991-07-28) 28 July 1991 (age 29) 12 Belgium ROC
Lucas Sotteau Prop (1993-08-30) 30 August 1993 (age 27) 9 France Oloron
Sven d`Hooghe Lock (1997-03-06) 6 March 1997 (age 23) 10 France Biarritz
Tom Herenger Lock (1996-02-12) 12 February 1996 (age 24) 7 France Castelsarrasin
Guillaume Mortier Lock (1997-08-24) 24 August 1997 (age 23) 4 France Oloron
Mathieu Verschelden Lock (1985-07-10) 10 July 1985 (age 35) 14 Belgium Waterloo
Gillian Benoy Back row (1995-05-08) 8 May 1995 (age 25) 19 France Suresnes
William van Bost Back row (1998-08-01) 1 August 1998 (age 22) 5 France Béziers Espoirs
Lucas de Coninck Back row (1996-01-15) 15 January 1996 (age 24) 3 France Provence
Jean Maurice Deccuber Back row (1996-09-10) 10 September 1996 (age 24) 6 France Cognac
Thomas Demolder Back row (1992-06-22) 22 June 1992 (age 28) 20 France Tyrosse
Julien Berger (c) Scrum-half (1990-01-10) 10 January 1990 (age 30) 16 France Cognac
Tom Cocqu Scrum-half (1996-07-24) 24 July 1996 (age 24) 17 Belgium Frameries
Isaac Montoisy Scrum-half (1998-09-09) 9 September 1998 (age 22) 9 Spain Alcobendas
Antoine Vassart Fly-half (1985-01-16) 16 January 1985 (age 35) 3 Belgium La Hulpe
Nathan Bontems Centre (1994-07-22) 22 July 1994 (age 26) 12 France Mazamétain
Dazzy Cornez Centre 1 France Mâcon
Louis de Moffarts Centre 8 Belgium La Hulpe
Florian Piron Centre (1991-09-24) 24 September 1991 (age 29) 5 France ÉS Catalane
Guillaume Piron Centre (1992-04-09) 9 April 1992 (age 28) 22 France Blagnac
Jens Torfs Centre (1992-05-26) 26 May 1992 (age 28) 11 France Mont-de-Marsan
Craig Dowsett Wing (1991-05-01) 1 May 1991 (age 29) 13 England Blackheath
Thomas Walraff Wing (1998-01-21) 21 January 1998 (age 22) 14 France Nevers Espoirs
Cédric Wieme Wing (1999-06-20) 20 June 1999 (age 21) 3 France Grenoble Espoirs
Ervin Muric Wing (1997-01-03) 3 January 1997 (age 23) 10 England Hartpury College
Gaspard Lalli Fullback 3 Belgium La Hulpe
Charles Reynaert Fullback (1995-09-28) 28 September 1995 (age 25) 9 France Nice
Alan Williams Fullback (1987-12-11) 11 December 1987 (age 32) 55 Belgium Soignies

Note - Players in bold have played more matches than shown above but there is no information of Belgium caps pre-2013.

Record[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 23 November 2020[2]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  South Africa 094.20
2 Steady  England 088.73
3 Steady  New Zealand 088.17
4 Steady  France 085.66
5 Steady  Ireland 084.25
6 Steady  Australia 083.80
7 Steady  Scotland 081.21
8 Steady  Argentina 080.36
9 Steady  Wales 079.77
10 Steady  Japan 079.29
11 Steady  Fiji 076.21
12 Steady  Georgia 072.85
13 Steady  Tonga 071.44
14 Steady  Italy 070.08
15 Steady  Samoa 070.72
16 Steady  United States 068.10
17 Steady  Spain 067.51
18 Steady  Uruguay 067.02
19 Steady  Romania 065.33
20 Steady  Russia 062.12
21 Steady  Portugal 061.96
22 Steady  Hong Kong 061.23
23 Steady  Canada 061.11
24 Steady  Namibia 061.04
25 Steady  Netherlands 060.09
26 Steady  Brazil 058.19
27 Steady  Belgium 057.17
28 Steady   Switzerland 054.12
29 Steady  Chile 053.81
30 Steady  Germany 053.13
*Change from the previous week

Below is a table of the representative rugby matches played by a Belgium national XV at test level up until 7th March 2020.

Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win %
 Armenia 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Barbarians 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Brazil 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Canada 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Croatia 4 2 2 0 50.0%
 Czech Republic 7 4 2 1 57.1%
 Czechoslovakia 6 1 5 0 16.7%
 Denmark 5 3 1 1 60.0%
 Fiji 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Georgia 7 0 7 0 0.0%
 Germany 11 5 5 1 45.0%
 Hong Kong 4 1 3 0 25.0%
 Italy 2 0 2 0 0.0%
 Latvia 2 1 1 0 50.0%
 Lithuania 2 2 0 0 100.0%
 Luxembourg 4 4 0 0 100.0%
 Malta 2 2 0 0 100.0%
 Moldova 7 5 2 0 71.4%
 Monaco 1 1 0 0 100.0%
 Morocco 4 1 3 0 25.0%
 Netherlands 45 23 18 4 51.1%
 Poland 9 2 7 0 22.2%
 Portugal 15 3 10 2 21.4%
 Romania 7 0 7 0 0.0%
 Russia 7 1 6 0 14.29%
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 8 7 1 0 87.5%
 Slovenia 3 2 1 0 66.7%
 Spain 17 2 14 1 12.5%
 Sweden 12 8 4 0 66.7%
  Switzerland 8 5 3 0 62.5%
 Tunisia 5 1 3 1 20.0%
 Ukraine 5 2 3 0 40.0%
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 100.0%
 Uruguay 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 West Germany 6 4 1 1 66.7%
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100.0%
Total 222 94 116 12 42.72%
Germany playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Poland playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Belgiums`s squad for the game against Romania.
  2. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 23 November 2020.

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