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 25th
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 June 2016[3]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 855.00
2  Australia 751.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6  Ireland 162.00
7  Fiji 149.00
8  Wales 132.00
9  Scotland 121.00
10  United States 101.00
11 Increase  Papua New Guinea 78.00
12 Decrease  Serbia 70.00
13  Italy 65.00
14  Canada 62.00
15 Increase  Tonga 58.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Increase  Cook Islands 29.00
20 Steady  Lebanon 29.00
21  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Germany 23.00
23 Steady  Ukraine 21.00
24  Greece 21.00
25  Denmark 20.00
26  Norway 19.00
27  Jamaica 16.00
28 Increase  Sweden 15.00
29  Czech Republic 14.00
30 Decrease  Netherlands 14.00
31 Steady  South Africa 13.00
32 Increase  Philippines 9.00
33 Decrease  Niue 4.00
34  Hungary 2.00
35  Latvia 2.00
36  Morocco 0.00


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.

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Rugby League Planet rankings.