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 22 October 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