Denmark national rugby league team

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Denmark
Nickname The Lions (Løverne)
Governing body Denmark Rugby League Federation
Region Europe
Captain Eugene Hanrahan
RLIF ranking 27th
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 observer members of the Rugby League European Federation. Danish stats, news, team results and other information can be seen on Denmark's RLEF Page.[2]

History[edit]

Denmark took up the sport of rugby league in the late 2008. The national team played their first match in 2009, losing 28–26 to Norway in Copenhagen.

They won their first silverware 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 May 2015[3]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  New Zealand 949.00
2 Decrease  Australia 941.00
3 Steady  England 485.00
4  Samoa 320.00
5  France 215.00
6  Fiji 196.00
7  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9  Wales 122.00
10  United States 118.00
11  Papua New Guinea 113.00
12  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Canada 49.00
14 Decrease  Serbia 47.00
15 Increase  Tonga 47.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Decrease  Belgium 30.00
19  Germany 24.00
20 Increase  Lebanon 24.00
21 Decrease  Norway 22.00
22  Ukraine 21.00
23 Increase  Malta 20.00
24 Decrease  Greece 19.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 15.00
26 Increase  Spain 14.00
27 Decrease  Denmark 13.00
28 Increase  South Africa 12.00
29 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
30 Decrease  Czech Republic 9.00
31  Sweden 7.00
32 Steady  Hungary 2.00
33 NEW  Niue 2.00
34 Decrease  Latvia 2.00
35 NEW  Philippines 2.00
36 Decrease  Morocco 0.00


Current Squad[edit]

2014 Nordic Cup[4]

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 rivalry with each other. The majority 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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Rugby League Planet rankings.