Belgium national rugby union team
|Nickname(s)||Diables Noirs / Zwarte Duivels (Black Devils)|
|Union||Belgian Rugby Federation|
|Head coach||Frédéric Cocqu|
|Most caps||Alan Williams (55)|
|Top scorer||Alan Williams (527)|
|Top try scorer||Baptiste Lescarboura (11) |
Julien Berger (11)
|Home stadium||Stade Communal Fallon|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||27 (as of 21 November 2020)|
| Belgium 11-0 Netherlands |
(Brussels, Belgium 1 July 1930)
| UAE 3-94 Belgium |
(Dubai, UAE 8 December 2012)
| Romania 83–5 Belgium |
(București, Romania 8 December 1996)
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.
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.
Rugby World Cup qualification
- 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
Head Coach: Frédéric Cocqu
Caps updated: 3 October 2020
Note - Players in bold have played more matches than shown above but there is no information of Belgium caps pre-2013.
Men's World Rugby Rankings
|Top 30 rankings as of 23 November 2020|
|*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.
|Serbia and Montenegro||8||7||1||0||87.5%|
|United Arab Emirates||1||1||0||0||100.0%|