Belgium national rugby union team

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Belgium national rugby union team
Belgium logo.jpg
UnionBelgian Rugby Federation
Nickname(s)Zwarte Duivels / Diables Noirs (Black Devils)
PresidentMichel Coric
Coach(es)Guillaume Ajac
Captain(s)Jens Torfs
Top scorerAlan Williams (625)
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Belgium Belgium 6 - 6 Netherlands Netherlands
(13 March 1932)
Largest win
Belgium Belgium 94 - 3 UAE United Arab Emirates
(8 December 2012)
Largest defeat
Spain Spain 77 - 0 Belgium Belgium
(8 December 1996)
Germany playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Poland playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

The Belgium national rugby union team is administered by the Belgian Rugby Federation. Belgium have been ranked in the Top 30 since 2010.[1] Belgium have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. Belgium participates in the European Nations Cup (the second tier of European International competitions, the Six Nations being the most important one).

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.[2]

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]

Belgium's squad for their test match against Brazil

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of Birth (Age) Caps Club/province
Thomas Dienst Hooker Belgium ROC Ottignies
Gianni Vercammen Hooker Belgium Dendermonde Rugby Club
James Pearse Prop Scotland Edinburgh Academicals
Maxime Jadot Prop France RC Vannes
Sep De Backer Prop Belgium Dendermonde Rugby Club
Romain Pinte Prop Belgium ROC Ottignies
Jean-Baptiste De Clercq Prop France Stade Français Paris
Bertrand Billi Lock Belgium RC Soignies
Sven D'Hooghe Lock France US Montauban
Tuur Moelants Lock Belgium ASUB Waterloo
Gillian Benoy Flanker Belgium Dendermonde Rugby Club
Amin Hamzaoui Flanker France RC Narbonne
Maxime Temmerman Flanker Belgium ASUB Waterloo
Nick Cording Number 8 Belgium Dendermonde Rugby Club
Keran Caro Number 8 Belgium RC La Hulpe
Isaac Montoisy Scrum-half Belgium RC Soignies
Julien Berger Scrum-half France USA Limoges
Vincent Hart Fly-half England Cambridge R.U.F.C.
Kevin Williams Fly-half Belgium RC Soignies
Jens Torfs (c) Centre France USA Perpignan
Guillaume Piron Centre France US Colomiers
Louis Debatty Centre Belgium RC Soignies
Craig Dowsett Wing England Old Albanian RFC
Marc Tchangué Wing France Étoile sportive catalane
Thomas Brouillard Wing Belgium RFC Liégeois Rugby
Florian Piron Fullback France Étoile sportive catalane
Alan Williams Fullback Belgium RC Soignies

Record[edit]

Overall[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 12 November 2018[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 093.58
2 Steady  Ireland 090.12
3 Steady  Wales 086.70
4 Steady  England 085.54
5 Steady  South Africa 083.94
6 Increase1  Scotland 082.75
7 Decrease1  Australia 082.51
8 Steady  France 078.20
9 Steady  Argentina 078.01
10 Steady  Fiji 076.40
11 Steady  Japan 075.24
12 Steady  Tonga 073.84
13 Steady  Italy 073.32
14 Decrease1  Georgia 072.37
15 Steady  United States 072.32
16 Increase1  Romania 068.25
17 Decrease1  Samoa 067.61
18 Steady  Uruguay 065.37
19 Steady  Russia 065.20
20 Steady  Spain 063.09
21 Increase3  Canada 060.80
22 Steady  Namibia 059.97
23 Increase1  Portugal 058.30
24 Decrease3  Hong Kong 058.23
25 Steady  Belgium 058.09
26 Increase3  Germany 057.82
27 Decrease1  Brazil 056.81
28 Decrease1  Netherlands 056.52
29 Decrease1  Kenya 054.85
30 Steady  Chile 054.36
*Change from the previous week


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 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 3 0 3 0 0.0%
 Germany 10 4 5 1 40.0%
 Hong Kong 3 2 1 0 67.0%
 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 14 3 9 2 21.4%
 Romania 6 0 6 0 0.0%
 Russia 5 0 5 0 0.0%
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0.0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 8 7 1 0 87.5%
 Slovenia 3 2 1 0 66.7%
 Spain 15 1 13 1 6.7%
 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 210 91 107 12 43.3%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html Archived 2013-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html Archived 2013-02-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 25 June 2018.

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