Denmark national rugby league team

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Denmark
Nickname The Lions (Løverne)
Governing body Dansk Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Nigel Kitching
Captain Eugene Hanrahan
Home stadium Parken Stadium
RLIF ranking 17th
First game
 Denmark 26–28 Norway 
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 22 August 2009)
Biggest win
 Denmark 122–8 Sweden 
(Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen; 28 April 2012)
Biggest defeat
 Malta 24–12 Denmark 
(Victor Tedesco Stadium, Hamrun; 9 June 2012)[1]

The Denmark national rugby league team represents Denmark in the sport of rugby league. They are official observers of members of the Rugby League European Federation. Danish rugby league stats, news, team results and other information can be seen on Denmark's RLEF Page.[2]

History[edit]

Denmark participated in rugby league in the late 2008. The national team lost their first match in 2009, 28–26 to Norway in Copenhagen.

They first won in 2011 in the Nordic Cup (Between Denmark, Norway and Sweden). In 2014, they beat Sweden and Norway to become the first team to win the Nordic Cup twice . They won it again in 2015 after beating Sweden and Norway to win their third trophy.

The first domestic tie (actually including the Scania region of Sweden) was between København RLFK (precursor to Copenhagen RLFC) and Sweden Barbarians in 2012.

Official Rankings as of November 2016[3]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  Australia
2 Decrease  New Zealand
3 Steady  England
4 Increase  Scotland
5 Decrease  Samoa
6  France
7  Fiji
8  Ireland
9  Wales
10 Steady  United States
11  Serbia
12 Increase  Canada
13  Italy
14 Decrease  Tonga
15  Papua New Guinea
16 Increase  Russia
17 Decrease  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Steady  Spain
20  Malta
21  Lebanon
22 Increase  Ukraine
23  Germany
24  Czech Republic
25 Decrease  Cook Islands
26 Steady  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31  South Africa
32 Increase  Niue
33 Decrease  Philippines
34 Steady  Chile
35  Vanuatu
36  Latvia
37  Solomon Islands
38  Hungary
39  El Salvador
40  Morocco

Current Squad[edit]

2014 Nordic Cup[4]

  • Josh Whitehead
  • Morten Dam
  • Emil Borggren
  • Martin Pedersen-Scott
  • Christoffer Ellebirke
  • Justin Eyles
  • Viiga Lima
  • Jesper Ika
  • Rich Groom
  • Andrei Ungureanu
  • Orveh Melchior
  • Neil Smith
  • Eugene Hanrahan
  • Rob King
  • Thor Thomsen
  • Silas Mubanda
  • Mark Bailey

All-time Results Record[edit]

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points for Points against Last meeting
 Norway 2009 4 2 0 2 60 72 2014
 Sweden 2011 4 3 0 1 220 36 2014
 Malta 2012 2 0 0 2 24 98 2012

Domestic Teams[edit]

Danish domestic teams, including Jutland RLFC (Jylland) and Copenhagen RLFC compete with teams from other areas of Southern Scandinavia and have a play with each other. All of the Danish national team are selected from these two clubs.

Other[edit]

Since 2013, the Denmark rugby league team have promoted the Cystic Fibrosis Forening, the national cystic Fibrosis association of Denmark.

See also[edit]

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