List of international rugby league teams

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This is a list of the men's national rugby league teams in the world. A full member test playing nation is a nation that has full membership of the Rugby League International Federation.

Current RLIF full-member test nations[edit]

Nation RLIF Rank First Played Tier Test Debut
 Australia 1 1908 1 9 May 1908 vs  New Zealand
 Cook Islands 25 1980 2 1986 vs  Niue
 England* 3 1895 1 5 April 1904 vs Other Nationalities
 France 5 1934 2 15 April 1934 vs  England
 Fiji 7 1992 2 1994 vs  Western Samoa
 Ireland* 6 1934^ 1989 2 17 March 1995 vs  United States
 Jamaica 27 2005 2 14 November 2009 vs  United States
 Lebanon 20 2002 2 1998 vs  Japan
 New Zealand 2 1908 1 1 January 1908 vs  Wales
 Papua New Guinea 11 1930s 2 6 July 1975 vs  England
 Russia 16 1989 2 27 October 1991 vs  France
 Samoa 4 1986 2 1986 vs  Tokelau
 Scotland* 9 1909^ 1989 2 13 August 1995 vs  Ireland
 Serbia 12 1953 2 19 October 2003 vs  Lebanon
 South Africa 31 1950s 2 23 August 1962 vs  Great Britain
 Tonga 15 1986 2 1986 vs  Western Samoa
 Ukraine 23 2008 2 24 July 2009 vs  Latvia
 Wales* 8 1907 2 1 January 1908 vs  New Zealand

* At the beginning of the 2008 international season  Great Britain was split to form/reform  England,  Ireland,  Scotland and  Wales on a permanent basis as stand alone nations. All were granted full-membership into the top tier.

Current RLIF Affiliate Members[edit]

Included are nations included in the RLIF World Rankings and compete in major international tournaments, such as the European, Mediterranean and Pacific Cups or in World Cup qualifiers:

Nation RLIF Rank First Played Tier Test Debut
 Belgium 17 2006 3 25 July 2009 vs Catalonia
 Canada 14 1946 3 1987 vs  United States
 Czech Republic 29 2006^ 3 12 August 2006 vs  Serbia
 Denmark 25 2008 3 22 August 2009 vs  Norway
 Germany 22 2004 3 25 June 2006 vs  Austria
 Greece 24 2003 3 September 2003 vs  New Caledonia
 Hungary 34 2007 3 23 August 2011 vs  Czech Republic
 Italy 13 1950 3 23 January 1960 vs  Australia
 Latvia 35 2008 3 21 October 2007 vs  Estonia
 Malta 18 2004^ 3 8 October 2005 vs  Greece
 Morocco 36 1995 3 18 October 1995 vs  Moldova
 Niue 33 1986 3 1986 vs  Cook Islands
 Norway 26 2008 3 22 August 2009 vs  Denmark
 Netherlands 30 2003^ 3 23 April 2004 vs  Serbia
 Philippines** 32 2012 3 21 October 2012 vs  Thailand
 Sweden 28 2009 3 30 October 2010 vs  Denmark
 Spain* 21 2009 3 25 May 2014 vs  Belgium
 United States 10 1953 3 October 1954 vs  France

*Spain was previously represented internationally by Catalonia were its sole rugby league presence was.
**Philippines membership with the APRLC is currently pending.
^Prior to any domestic activity, these countries made there international debut against development/touring sides and therefore arent included in there 'test debut'.

RLEF & APRLC Observer Members[edit]

Includes nations that are currently officially recognized as 'observer members' by the RLEF or the APRLC, but are yet to gain a RLIF Rank.

Nation Affliction First Played Test Debut
 American Samoa * APRLC 1988 1988 vs  Tonga
 Ghana RLEF 2013 6 July 2014 vs  GB Students
 Japan APRLC 1998 1998 vs  Lebanon
 Nigeria RLEF 2009 -
 Palestine RLEF 2012 -
 Saudi Arabia RLEF 2009 18 February 2013 vs  Lebanon
 Sierra Leone RLEF 2013 -
 Solomon Islands APRLC 1999 -
 Thailand * APRLC 2012 21 October 2012 vs  Philippines
 Tokelau * APRLC 1988 December 1988 vs  Western Samoa
 Trinidad and Tobago RLEF 2013 -
 United Arab Emirates RLEF 2008 22 July 2008 vs  Lebanon
 Vanuatu APRLC 2012 20 October 2012 vs  Greece

* These nations membership with the APRLC is currently pending.

Other Nations with Presence[edit]

Includes any nations listed on Rugby League Planet's 'nations menu'

See also[edit]

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