Serbia national rugby league team

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Serbia
Badge of Serbia team
Nickname White Eagles (Beli orlovi)
Governing body Serbian Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Ljubomir Bukvic
Captain Dalibor Vukanović
Most caps Zoran Pešić (28)
Home stadium Makiš Stadium, Belgrade
RLIF ranking 12th
Colours
First international
 Lebanon 102–0 Serbia 
(19 October 2003)
Biggest win
 Germany 6–90 Serbia 
(22 April 2011)
Biggest defeat
 France 120–0 Serbia 
(22 October 2003)

The Serbia national rugby league team represents Serbia in the sport of rugby league football and has been participating in international competition since 2003.

History[edit]

Rugby League was first played in Serbia in 1953 when it was introduced by Dragan Marsicevic, secretary of the Yugoslav Sport Association. Two French teams toured later that year, and in 1954 the clubs Partizan and Radnički were formed. These clubs played their first match on April 26, 1954.

In 1961 a Yugoslav Rugby League team played its only game against a French Select XIII team in Banja Luka. The French team won 13-0. The sport died out soon afterwards.

The Serbian Rugby 13 Federation was formed on November 10, 2001. There is now an eight team domestic competition between Dorcol Spiders, Morava Cheetahs, Red Star Belgrade, Belgrade University, Radnički Nova Pazova, Tsar Lazar, Soko, Stari Grad, and Niš.

Serbia has participated in the Mediterranean Cup competition in 2003 and 2004.

Serbia won the 2006 and 2007 Slavic Cup after beating Czech Republic 36-28 in Prague and 56-16 in Belgrade, respectively.

2008 World Cup Qualifying[edit]

See also 2008 Rugby League World Cup qualifying

Serbia failed to qualify for the 2008 Rugby League World Cup, losing to Holland, Russia and Georgia in 2006, to be eliminated from the qualification process.

Serbia won 2007 and 2010 European Shield tournaments, by beating both Germany and Czech Republic on both occasions.

Serbia took part in then European 2nd tier competition Euro Med Challenge in 2008. After being defeated 4-30 by Russia in Novi Sad and 14-20 by Lebanon in Bhamdoun, Serbs finished third.

Serbia was a participant in the 2009 European Cup, having been drawn in a group alongside Wales and Ireland.

2013 World Cup Qualifying[edit]

Serbia participated in the 2013 Rugby League World Cup qualifiers in October 2011. They played games against Italy, Lebanon and Russia, but were defeated in all three matches and so were ultimately unsuccessful in qualification for the tournament.

2014 Balkans Cup[edit]

Serbia participated in the inaugural Balkans Cup tournament in held in their own country. Serbia finished second in the tournament after a defeat to Greece in the final.[1]

2017 World Cup Qualifying[edit]

Serbia participated in the qualification for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup. The first stage of qualifying involved having to finish in the top 3 in their 2014–15 European Shield competition. During their qualification, Serbia created history after beating Russia for their first ever time on their eighth time of asking.[2]

The final qualification tournament will consist of 6 teams - the top three teams from the European B tournament, the winners of the European C tournament and seeded nations Wales and Ireland. The tournament will feature two groups of three teams playing in a single round-robin format. The winners of each group will qualify for the World Cup, while the runners-up will face each other in a play-off match on 5 November 2016 to determine the final spot. A seeded draw will take place to determine the groups on 5 November 2015. Serbia will face Wales on October 15, 2016 in LLanelli Wales and Italy in Belgrade on 22 October for a place in the 2017 World Cup [3] In the lead up to the 2016 World Cup on the 24th of September 2016 Serbia played Spain in Valencia and ran out 64-4 winners a dominant display in the first ever meeting between these two nations. [4]

Tournament History[edit]

The following tournaments is a list of notable international competitions that Serbia has been competing in since their existence in 2003. A red box around the year indicates tournaments played within Serbia

World Cup[edit]

World Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Australia 2008 Failed to Qualify
EnglandFranceRepublic of IrelandWales 2013 Failed to Qualify
AustraliaNew Zealand 2017 To Be Determined
Total 0 Titles 0/13 0 0 0 0

Balkans Cup[edit]

Balkans Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
Serbia 2014 Second place 2/4 2 1 1 0
Total 0 Titles 1/1 2 1 1 0

European Cup[edit]

European Cup record
Year Round Position GP W L D
WalesScotlandRepublic of IrelandRussiaGeorgia (country)France 2005 Failed to Qualify
ItalyLebanonScotlandRepublic of IrelandSerbiaWales 2009 Group Stage 5/6 2 0 2 0
WalesFranceScotlandRepublic of Ireland 2010 Not Invited
ScotlandRepublic of Ireland 2012 Not Invited
EnglandRepublic of IrelandFranceScotlandWales 2014 Not Invited
WalesFranceScotlandRepublic of Ireland 2015 Not Invited
Total 0 Titles 1/32 2 0 2 0

European Shield[edit]

European Shield record
Year Round Position GP W L D
GermanyEstoniaAustria 2006 Not Invited
GermanyCzech RepublicSerbia 2007 Champions 1/3 2 2 0 0
ItalyCzech RepublicGermany 2008 Not Invited
Czech RepublicItalyGermany 2009 Not Invited
Czech RepublicSerbiaGermany 2010 Champions 1/3 2 2 0 0
NorwayGermanyMalta 2011 Not Invited
GermanySerbiaItalyRussia 2012/13 Third Place 3/4 6 2 4 0
SerbiaRussiaItalyUkraine 2014/15 Champions 1/4 6 5 1 0
Total 3 Titles 4/8 16 11 5 0

2016 squad[edit]

SERBIA 53-MAN TRAIN-ON SQUAD - Selected for 2017 World Cup Qualifying - Stevan Dobric (Belrose Eagles), David Andjelic (Blacktown Workers), Nikola Strbac (Bristol Sonics), Joshua Blenkinsop (Burleigh Bears), Ilija Cotric (Bush Rangers), Reece Grkenic (Cabramatta), Nikola Cotric (Canberra Raiders), Danilo Delic, Nebojsa Zivanovic, Zoran Pesic (Carpentras), Daniel Burke (Collegians), Jason Muranka (Dewsbury Rams), Aleksa Radic, Andrej Mora, Dalibor Samardzic, Dalibor Vukanovic, Radovan Tajsic, Relja Petrovic, Stefan Nedeljkovic, Stevan Stevanovic (Dorcol), George Vujanovic (East Tigers), Djordje Stosic, Filip Stosic (Falcon VR), Milan Radojevic (Fassifern), Adam Nedic (Gunghalin Bulls), Austen Novakovic (Huddersfield Underbank Rangers), Joshua Marjanovic (Kawana Dolphins),Aleksandar Pavlovic (Moravas Cheetahs), Dario Abidinovic, Dragan Jankovic, Dzavid Jasari, Nikola Srbljanin, Pavle Vojinovic, Vlado Kusic (Partisan), Marko Milenkovic (Radnicki Nis), Pero Madzarevic, Zarko Kovacevic (Radnicki NP), Milos Calic, Milos Zogovic, Miodrag Tomic, Petar Milanovic, Slobodan Manak, Vladislav Dedic, Vojislav Dedic (Red Star), Chad Grant, Michael Stig (St Clair Comets), Djordje Gak, Stefan Nikolic (Tasmajdan Tigers), Vladica Nikolic (Villeneuve XIII Leopards), James Mircevski (Western Suburbs Magpies), Jordan Grant (Wests Tigers), Dejan Lukenic, Ilija Radan (unaffiliated)[5]

Most of the squad selected come from 3 major Serbian club sides, Dorcol , Paritzan and Red Star, all up 26 players or half the squad play in the Serbian domestic competion. Adding to this a large number of the squad selected are Australian born players of Serbian heritage. Coach: Ljubomir Bukvic.

The Serbian side picked to play in Valencia Spain, the last match before the World Cup Qualifiers : Miloš Zogović ( Red Star Belgrade), Relja Petrović ( Dorcol Spiders ), Pero Madžarević (Radnicki NP), Miloš Ćalić ( Red Star Belgrade), Dalibor Samardžić ( Dorcol Spiders), Vojislav Dedić ( Red Star Belgrade ), Dalibor Vukanović ( Dorcol Spiders ), David Anđelić ( Blacktown Workers), Vladislav Dedić ( Red Star Belgrade ) , Stefan Nedeljković ( Dorcol Spiders ), Jason Muranka ( Dewsbury Rams), Chad Grant ( St.Clair Comets). Subs: Aleksa Radić ( Dorcol Spiders ), Vlado Kušić ( Partizan), Miodrag Tomić (Red Star Belgrade), Džavid Jašari ( Partizan ) [6]

Notable players that have played for Serbia[edit]

Notable players of Serbian Heritage[edit]

  • Tom Trbojevic
  • Jake Trbojevic
  • Tom Opacic

Youth National Teams[edit]

Serbian youth national teams permanently compete in European cups from 2006. Their first appearance was in France during Under 19s European Nations Cup. They finished 6th after dying minutes defeat by Scotland Under 19s.

In 2007, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Nations Cup. Win over Russia Under 16s in group stage secured match for the 3rd place, but Serbia Under 16s eventually lost 20-22 by Euro Celts Under 16s and finished 4th.

In 2008 Serbia attended Under 18s European Nations Cup in Czech Republic. Ireland Under 18s beat Serbia Under 18s in preliminaries and send them to European Nation Shield semifinals, where they beat Euro Celts Under 18s and qualify for the Shield final. In the most indecisive game of the tournament, Serbs finally lost to Scots after golden point extra time (second extra time) and won 6th place.

In 2009, Serbia hosted Under 16s European Championships for the second time. Serbia Under 16s failed to win a game in the European Shield part of the competition. The both, Euro Celts Under 16s (composed of Irish, Russian, Welsh, Czech, Serbian and French players) and Scotland Under 16s defeated Serbia Under 16s on their home soil and Serbs finished 6th.

All-time Results Record[edit]

Official Rankings as of June 2016[7]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 855.00
2  Australia 751.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6  Ireland 162.00
7  Fiji 149.00
8  Wales 132.00
9  Scotland 121.00
10  United States 101.00
11 Increase  Papua New Guinea 78.00
12 Decrease  Serbia 70.00
13  Italy 65.00
14  Canada 62.00
15 Increase  Tonga 58.00
16 Decrease  Russia 45.00
17 Steady  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Increase  Cook Islands 29.00
20 Steady  Lebanon 29.00
21  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Germany 23.00
23 Steady  Ukraine 21.00
24  Greece 21.00
25  Denmark 20.00
26  Norway 19.00
27  Jamaica 16.00
28 Increase  Sweden 15.00
29  Czech Republic 14.00
30 Decrease  Netherlands 14.00
31 Steady  South Africa 13.00
32 Increase  Philippines 9.00
33 Decrease  Niue 4.00
34  Hungary 2.00
35  Latvia 2.00
36  Morocco 0.00

Below is table of the official representative rugby league matches played by Serbia at test level up until 5 February 2016:

Opponent Played Won Drawn Lost Win % For Aga Diff
 Czech Republic 4 4 0 0 100% 204 54 +150
 France 3 0 0 3 0% 12 206 -194
 Georgia 2 0 0 2 0% 22 89 -67
 Greece 2 0 0 2 0% 48 94 -46
 Germany 6 5 0 1 83.3% 284 71 +213
 Hungary 1 1 0 0 100% 50 0 +50
 Ireland 1 0 0 1 0% 0 82 -82
 Italy 6 3 0 3 50% 130 166 -36
 Morocco 2 0 1 1 0% 24 78 -54
 Netherlands 2 0 0 2 0% 36 54 -18
 Philippines 1 0 0 1 0% 12 18 -6
 Russia 8 1 0 7 12.5% 104 214 -110
 Ukraine 3 3 0 0 100% 114 22 +92
 Wales 1 0 0 1 0% 8 88 -80
Total 40 16 1 23 40% 1,095 1,204 -109
Date Result Competition Venue
5 February 2016 Philippines def. Serbia 18-12 Friendly International New Era Stadium, Sydney, Australia[8][9]
12 September 2015 Serbia def. Ukraine 64-4 2014/15 European Championship B FC Locomotive Stadium, Chop, Ukraine [10]
20 June 2015 Serbia def. Italy 21-14 2014/15 European Championship B Stadio comunale di Teglio Veneto, Gemona, Italy [11]
22 May 2015 France def. Serbia 68-8 Friendly International Saint-Esteve, France [12]
16 May 2015 Serbia def. Russia 20-15 2014/15 European Championship B Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [13]
19 October 2014 Greece def. Serbia 50-22 2014 Balkans Cup Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [14]
17 October 2014 Serbia def. Hungary 50-0 2014 Balkans Cup Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [15]
21 June 2014 Serbia def. Italy 45-6 2014/15 European Championship B Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [16]
17 May 2014 Serbia def. Ukraine 40-14 2014/15 European Championship B Zeleznicar Stadium, Niš, Serbia [17]
14 September 2013 Italy def. Serbia 32-20 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[18]
25 May 2013 Russia def. Serbia 24-10 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [19]
18 May 2013 Serbia def. Germany 46-10 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [20]
22 September 2012 Russia def. Serbia 21-20 Rugby League European Shield Nara Stadium, Narofominsk, Russia [21]
9 June 2012 Serbia def. Italy 24-18 Rugby League European Shield Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia [22]
12 May 2012 Germany def. Serbia 25-24 Rugby League European Shield Fritz-Grunebaum-Sportpark, Heidelberg, Germany[23]
29 October 2011 Russia def. Serbia 36-28 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[24]
23 October 2011 Italy def. Serbia 52-6 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Makiš Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[25]
16 October 2011 Lebanon def. Serbia 96-4 2013 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[26]
30 September 2011 Serbia def. Ukraine 10-4 Milan Kosanovic Cup Ada Ciganlija Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[27]
22 April 2011 Serbia def. Germany 90-6 Friendly International TuS Hochspeyer, Kaiserslautern, Germany[28]
3 July 2010 Serbia def. Germany 40-14 Rugby League European Shield, West Division FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[29]
26 June 2010 Serbia def. Czech Republic 56-4 Rugby League European Shield, West Division RK Petrovice, Prague, Czech Republic[30]
8 November 2009 Italy def. Serbia 42-14 2009 Rugby League European Cup The Llynfi Road, Maesteg, Wales[31]
25 October 2009 Wales def. Serbia 88-8 2009 Rugby League European Cup FK Smederevo, Smederevo, Serbia[32]
18 October 2009 Ireland def. Serbia 82-0 2009 Rugby League European Cup Tullamore, Ireland[33]
5 October 2008 Lebanon def. Serbia 20-14 Rugby League Euro Med Challenge Municipal Stadium, Bhamdoun, Lebanon[34]
20 September 2008 Russia def. Serbia 30-4 Rugby League Euro Med Challenge FK Kabel, Novi Sad, Serbia [35]
18 August 2007 Serbia def. Czech Republic 56-16 Rugby League European Shield FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[36]
7 July 2007 Serbia def. Germany 38-6 Rugby League European Shield Heidelberg, Germany[37]
12 August 2006 Serbia def. Czech Republic 34-26 Slavic Cup Ragbyove hřiště v Edenu, Prague, Czech Republic
17 June 2006 Netherlands def. Serbia 38-26 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers Rotterdamse RC Beekweg, Rotterdam, The Netherlands[38]
4 June 2006 Russia def. Serbia 44-6 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[39]
13 May 2006 Georgia def. Serbia 45-10 2008 Rugby League World Cup Qualifiers FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[40]
24 July 2005 Georgia def. Serbia 44-12 2005 Rugby League European Cup Qualifier Dinamo Stadium, Tbilisi, Georgia[41]
18 June 2005 Netherlands def. Serbia 26-10 2005 Rugby League European Cup Qualifier FK Radnički Stadium, Belgrade, Serbia[42]
25 October 2003 Morocco XIII def. Serbia 58-4 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[43]
22 October 2003 France def. Serbia 120-0 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Municipal Stadium, Beirut, Lebanon[44]
19 October 2003 Lebanon def. Serbia 102-0 Rugby League Mediterranean Cup Olympic Stadium, Tripoli, Lebanon[45]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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  42. ^ http://www.rlef.eu.com/european_cup/report?RLE00000190
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