Rugby union in Belgium
|Rugby union in Belgium|
|Governing body||Belgian Rugby Federation|
|Registered players||14,266 |
Rugby union in Belgium is a growing sport. The national governing body for rugby union in Belgium is the Belgian Rugby Federation. The national team plays in the European Nations Cup, and as of October 2014, they were ranked thirtieth in the World Rugby Rankings.
The national governing body for rugby union in Belgium is the Belgian Rugby Federation (FBRB - Fédération Belge de Rugby in French and Belgische Rugby Bond in Dutch) which is headquartered in Brussels. The Belgian Rugby Federation was formed in 1931, and joined the IRFB in 1988.
Rugby union is governed by two regional bodies that answer to FBRB, the national governing body. Most of the clubs in the northern region of Belgium are governed by the Vlaamse Rugby Bond (VRB). The remaining clubs are governed by the Ligue Belge Francophone de Rugby (LBFR).
Within these districts, there are also several leagues and divisions that are structured based on the skill level of the clubs.
Rugby union in Belgium has not been popular historically, but due to its recent international successes, it is a quickly growing sport. As of the December 2007, more than half of the nearly seven thousand registered players are pre-teens or teenagers. In addition, there are currently forty-eight domestic clubs that compete against each other on various levels.
Notable Belgian rugby players include:
- Jacques Rogge, best known as the eighth president of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), played on the Belgium national rugby team.
- John Raphael, born and died in Belgium, but moved to England as a child and was educated there. He was capped nine times for England in 1905 and 1906. In 1910 he captained the British Lions in a tour of Argentina, consisting of the South American nation's inaugural Test match.
- James Atkins
- Mat Hocken
- Oli Hockley
- Jimmy Parker
The national team, nicknamed the Black Devils (Zwarte Duivels), has been competing in international tests since 1932.
2006-08 European Nations Cup
The national team competed in competition in the Second Division at the 2010-2012 European Nations Cup winning the division and securing promotion to Division 1A for the next season.
|Date||City||Opponent||Results¹||Attendance||Type of game|
|12 February 2011||Brussels||Moldova||20-5||???||European Nations Cup|
|12 March 2011||Gdynia, Poland||Poland||21-28||???||European Nations Cup|
|19 March 2011||Brussels||Germany||28-25||???||European Nations Cup|
|23 April 2011||Amsterdam||Netherlands||30-18||???||European Nations Cup|
|5 November 2011||Brussels||Czech Republic||55-0||???||European Nations Cup|
|25 February 2012||Brussels||Netherlands||58-3||???||European Nations Cup|
|10 March 2012||Chisinau||Moldova||17-16||???||European Nations Cup|
|17 March 2012||Heusenstamm||Germany||30-29||???||European Nations Cup|
|7 April 2012||Brussels||Poland||20-13||???||European Nations Cup|
¹ Results from Belgian view
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Rugby union in Belgium.|
- Belgian Rugby Federation
- Belgium national rugby union team
- Belgium national rugby sevens team
- Belgium women's national rugby union team
- Belgian Elite League
- Richards, Huw A Game for Hooligans: The History of Rugby Union (Mainstream Publishing, Edinburgh, 2007, ISBN 978-1-84596-255-5)
- Official IRB World Rankings
- Bath, Richard (ed.) The Complete Book of Rugby (Seven Oaks Ltd, 1997 ISBN 1-86200-013-1) p63
- Official FBRB Structure
- Official IRB statistics for Belgium
- "John Raphael". Scrum.com.
- "1910 South Africa & Argentina". British and Irish Lions website.