Netherlands national rugby union team

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UnionNederlandse Rugby Bond
Coach(es)Gareth Gilbert
Captain(s)Dirk Danen
Most capsMarc Visser (67)[1]
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Netherlands Netherlands 6 - 6 Belgium Belgium
(1 July 1930)
Largest win
Netherlands Netherlands 62 - 0 Denmark Denmark
(6 October 1973)
Largest defeat
England England 110 - 0 Netherlands Netherlands
(14 November 1998)

The Netherlands national rugby union team first played in 1930. The team competes in the 2017–18 Rugby Europe Trophy of the European Nations Cup, and has never qualified for the Rugby World Cup.


The Netherlands played their first game in 1930, against Belgium on July 1. The Netherlands played Belgium and Germany as well as Romania. During the 1940s they played regularly against Belgium and Germany. The 1960s saw the side play West Germany regularly as well as other fixtures including matches against Poland, Sweden, Spain and Czechoslovakia. The 1970s saw fixtures played against teams including Italy. They won a number of games from 1984 through to 1987.

Currently the team plays in the European Nations Cup. Since the introduction of the Rugby World Cup, the Netherlands has yet to qualify for the finals tournament.

European Nations Cup[edit]

The 2010–12 European Nations Cup Division 1B was a very disappointing performance from the Dutch side as they won only 1 of their 10 games, and they were therefore relegated for the 2012–14 European Nations Cup First Division.

For the 2010-11 season, they lost all 5 of their games with their first to Czech Republic by 25 – 13, which was followed by a 29 – 10 loss to Germany. They then lost to Poland, Belgium and Moldova 32 – 18, 30 – 18 and 22 – 15 respectively.

The 2011-12 season started with another loss to Germany 23 – 7, followed by Czech Republic 22 – 10 and the worst of the lot, a 58 – 3 slaughtering at the hands of Belgium. They then had something to smile about even though it had no outcome to their final standing, as they beat Moldova 40 – 26, but finished off a very disappointing year with a 32 – 19 loss to Poland.

The 2016-17 season is one of the best seasons to date for Rugby Nederland. The young and fairly less physical team in their pool of the FIRA European Nations Cup 1B managed to finish 2nd. The highly motivated, young team play exciting fast rugby and are to be considered as a up and coming rugby nation.

The 2017-18 season is for many to be considered the most exciting in recent times. The new arrival in James Maidment; who is hoping to become one of the breakthrough players of this year, has spurred the team on. The quick thinking and fast stepping number 10 will be tipped by many to break records and re-write the history of Dutch Rugby

Current team[edit]

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  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-05-20.

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