Finland national rugby union team

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Finland
Finland rugby logo.png
Union Suomen Rugbyliitto
Coach(es) New Zealand Isaac Visser
Captain(s) Finland Thomas Finell
Most caps Finland Andras Devenyi (92)
Team kit
Change kit
First international
 Finland 0 - 60 Switzerland  
(1982-05-22)
Largest win
 Finland 55 - 5 Estonia 
(2010-10-02)
Largest defeat
 Denmark 100 - 0 Finland 
(1987-10-10)

The Finland national rugby union team represents Finland at the sport of rugby union. The nation has thus far not played in a Rugby World Cup, but has participated in qualifying tournaments. Finland also compete in the Rugby Europe Conference, playing in 2 North. They are currently ranked 99th in the World Rugby Rankings.[1]

History[edit]

Finland played their first ever rugby international in 1982 against Switzerland, which they lost. Finland went on to win their first international in 1991, defeating Norway 18 points to 3

They played Monaco in 2002. Finland's attempt to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France began in Round 1 of the European tournaments. They faced Bulgaria in a two match series as part of the Round 1 group to determine which nation would advance. Bulgaria won the first game 42 points to 3 in Helsinki and won the second leg 50 to 3 in Sofia to knock Finland out of the tournament.

Finland are currently 99th out of 102 places in the World Rugby Rankings with a score of 28.71.

Record[edit]

Against Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Bosnia and Herzegovina 2 1 0 1 50%
 Bulgaria 8 1 7 0 12.5%
 Cyprus 2 0 2 0 0%
 Denmark 2 0 2 0 0%
 Estonia 3 3 0 0 100%
 Greece 6 3 3 0 50%
 Israel 5 1 4 0 20%
 Luxembourg 6 1 5 0 16.66%
 Monaco 1 0 1 0 0%
 Norway 8 1 7 0 12.5%
 Slovenia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Sweden 2 0 2 0 0%
  Switzerland 1 0 1 0 0%
Total 45 9 35 1 20%

Current Squad[edit]

  • This was the list of players called to represent Finland - Estonia, on October 22 for the 2016-2017 Rugby Europe Conference 2 North.

Aro Katainen
Antti Lammi
Crispin Mäenpää
Dawie Van Der Walt
Henri Repo
Jarkko Tuoresmäki
Janne Heinänen
Julius Kekelainen
Jussi Viljanen
Kalle Välimäki
Karl Filtness
Kosti Eskola
Matti Keränen
Mauno Konttila
Mika Närhi
Mikko Gröndahl
Ossi Aro
Paavo Honkanen
Philip Sleath
Richard Hennessy
Samu-Petteri Pääkkö
Sebastian Mickelsson
Thomas Finell


Coach: Isaac Visser
Assistant Coach: Jaun Mioch
Physio: Chris Gibbons
Team Manager: Stephen Whittaker

References[edit]

External links[edit]

  • [1] on RugbyEurope.eu
  • [2] Rugby Finland
  • Finland on RugbyData.com