Latvia national rugby league team

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Latvia
Badge of Latvia team
Governing body Latvian Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Steve Leonard (GBR)
Captain Jānis Zuments
RLIF ranking 35th
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 in the 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

Results[edit]

Official Rankings as of November 2016[1]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  Australia
2 Decrease  New Zealand
3 Steady  England
4 Increase  Scotland
5 Decrease  Samoa
6  France
7  Fiji
8  Ireland
9  Wales
10 Steady  United States
11  Serbia
12 Increase  Canada
13  Italy
14 Decrease  Tonga
15  Papua New Guinea
16 Increase  Russia
17 Decrease  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Steady  Spain
20  Malta
21  Lebanon
22 Increase  Ukraine
23  Germany
24  Czech Republic
25 Decrease  Cook Islands
26 Steady  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31  South Africa
32 Increase  Niue
33 Decrease  Philippines
34 Steady  Chile
35  Vanuatu
36  Latvia
37  Solomon Islands
38  Hungary
39  El Salvador
40  Morocco
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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References[edit]

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