Netherlands national rugby union team

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UnionNederlandse Rugby Bond
Coach(es)Zane Gardiner
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 national side is ranked 25th in the world (as of 29 July 2019).[2]


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.

The first participation in the qualification was for the 1991 World Cup, team reached the final phase of the European qualification, but finished on the fourth place, losing all three games.

European Nations Cup[edit]

Previous logo of the NRB

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 an up and coming rugby nation.

Current squad[edit]

Netherlands squad for the 2018–19 Rugby Europe Trophy, against Portugal (9 March 2019).

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age) Caps Club/province
Sir Eugene Koning Hooker New Zealand Completing the Trilogy RFC
Mark Darlington Hooker England Maidenhead RFC
Ross Bennie Coulson Hooker Netherlands RC DIOK Leiden
Rik van Dijk Hooker Netherlands Haagsche RC
Hugo Langelaan Prop Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Andrew Darlington Prop England Maidenhead RFC
Kieran Hogg Prop Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Robin Moenen Prop Netherlands RC DIOK Leiden
Joe Collins Prop Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Tom Hiddlestone Prop Netherlands Castricumse Rugby Club
Jim Boelrijk Lock Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Chesney Crosby Lock Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Quermy Warmerdam Lock Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Rikkert Verhofstad Lock Netherlands Castricumse Rugby Club
Mark Wokke Lock Netherlands Castricumse Rugby Club
Dirk Danen Flanker Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Vincent Wright Flanker England Maidenhead RFC
Wolf van Dijk Flanker Scotland Ayr RFC
Duncan MacDonald Flanker Netherlands Haagsche RC
Robin Kok Flanker Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Blake Nightingale Flanker Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Ben Hammerlink Flanker Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Kevin Krieger Number 8 France Montpellier Hérault Rugby Youth
Tom Altink Number 8 Netherlands RC DIOK Leiden
Amir Rademaker Scrum-half Scotland Ayr RFC
Luc Scholler Scrum-half Netherlands Haagsche RC
Maarten van Osch Scrum-half Netherlands Rugby The Dukes 's Hertogenbosch
Tony Hoogenboom Scrum-half Netherlands Castricumse Rugby Club
Danny Volker Fly-half Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Liam McBride Fly-half England Bury St Edmunds RUFC
Jasey van Kampen Fly-half France Stade Aurillacois Cantal Auvergne Youth
Storm Carroll Centre Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Rik Roovers Centre Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Illie Greeve Centre Netherlands RC DIOK Leiden
Quinten Koster Centre England Loughborough Students RUFC
Lucas de Waaij Centre Netherlands RC the Bassets Sassenheim
Sep Visser Wing Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum
Norbecio Mambo Wing Netherlands RC 't Gooi
Siem Noorman Wing Netherlands Haagsche RC
Daan van de Avoird Wing Netherlands RC DIOK Leiden
Tausinga Kautai Wing Netherlands Castricumse Rugby Club
Josh Gascoigne Fullback Netherlands Rugby Club Hilversum

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-05-26. Retrieved 2012-05-20.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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