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 34th
Colours
First international
 Estonia 38 - 54 Latvia 
(21 October 2007, Tallinn)
Biggest win
 Estonia 4 - 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 December 2015[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 897.00
2  Australia 719.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6 Increase  Ireland 162.00
7 Decrease  Fiji 147.00
8 Increase  Wales 132.00
9 Decrease  Scotland 121.00
10 Steady  United States 102.00
11 Increase  Serbia 72.00
12 Steady  Italy 65.00
13  Canada 62.00
14 Decrease  Papua New Guinea 60.00
15 Increase  Russia 46.00
16 Decrease  Tonga 40.00
17 Increase  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Steady  Germany 28.00
20  Lebanon 27.00
21 Increase  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Cook Islands 23.00
23  Ukraine 22.00
24 Steady  Greece 21.00
25 Increase  Denmark 20.00
26 Decrease  Norway 19.00
27 Increase  Jamaica 16.00
28 Decrease  Netherlands 15.00
29 Decrease  Sweden 15.00
30 Steady  Czech Republic 14.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 13.00
32 Steady  Niue 4.00
33  Hungary 2.00
34  Latvia 2.00
35  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

World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 Failed to qualify
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

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 the 2017 Rugby League World Cup.

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