Latvia national rugby league team

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Latvia
Badge of Latvia team
Governing body Latvian Rugby League
Region Europe
Captain Olek Pala
RLIF ranking 33rd
Colours
First international
 Estonia 38 - 54 Latvia 
(21 October 2007, Tallinn)
Biggest win
 Estonia4 - 74 Latvia 
(8 August 2009, Tallinn)
Biggest defeat
 Ukraine 112-0 Latvia 
(18 September 2010, Kiev )

The Latvia national rugby league team was established in 2008 to represent Latvia at rugby league football, and initially competed in the European Bowl, for fourth-tier developing nations. They beat Estonia in a two-game series and therefore won the inaugural tournament after Ukraine could not gain visas to travel. In 2009 they reached the second place after losing to Ukraine and defeating Estonia. In 2010 they played the in European Shield, losing to Russia and Ukraine. After a hiatus of several years, Latvia will return to international competition on May 9, 2015 for the first match of the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying process, taking on Spain in a one-off knockout match to determine the final participants in the 'European C' section.

For Latvian stats, news, team results and more visit Latvia's RLEF Page.

All-time results record[edit]

Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Estonia 2007 4 4 0 0 238 62 2009
 Ukraine 2009 2 0 0 2 6 152 2010
 Russia 2010 1 0 0 1 4 54 2010
 Spain 2015 1 0 0 1 12 32 2015
Official Rankings as of May 2015[1]
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


Results[edit]

Opponent Points Date Venue
Estonia 54 - 38 2007-10-21 Tallinn
Estonia 48 - 10 2008-06-28 Tallinn
Estonia 62 - 10 2008-08-03 Riga
Ukraine 6 - 40 2009-07-24 Riga
Estonia 74 - 4 2009-08-08 Tallinn
Russia 4 - 54 2010-07-31 Riga
Ukraine 0 - 112 2010-09-18 Kiev
Spain 32 - 12 2015-05-09 Riga

2017 Rugby League World Cup Qualifier[edit]

On the 9th of May 2015, Latvia and Spain kicked off proceedings for the qualifying fixtures for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup qualifying. It was a do or die match with the winner advancing to a qualifying group stage, already containing Malta and Greece, while the other would lose their chance of qualifying for their first ever World Cup. Unfortunately for the Latvians their home advantage didn't have any effect as they'd go down to the Spaniards by 20 points, ending their chance of participating in their first ever Rugby League World Cup.

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