Sweden national rugby league team

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Sweden
Badge of Sweden team
Nickname Barbarians
Governing body Sweden Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Ashley Brown
Captain Fabian Wikander
RLIF ranking 28th
First international
 Sweden 20 - 20 Norway 
(Gothenburg, Sweden; 30 October 2010)
Biggest win
 Sweden 38 - 12  Denmark
(Kävlinge, Sweden; 17 August 2013)
Biggest defeat
 Denmark 122 - 8  Sweden
(Copenhagen, Denmark; 28 April 2012)

The Sweden national rugby league team (nicknamed the Barbarians) was founded in 2008.

For more Swedish stats, news, team results and more visit Sweden's RLEF Page.

History[edit]

Rugby League in Sweden was founded by Scott Edwards in 2008. The first competitive rugby league on Swedish soil was the 2nd annual Scandinavian Nines Tournament, hosted by Spartacus Reds in Gothenburg in April 2010.[1] Following the success of the 9's competition, a domestic league was founded in 2011, comprising three teams - Borås Ravens, Spartacus Reds and Gothenburg Lions.[2]

Sweden competed in their first rugby league international on 30 October 2010 when they drew 20 - 20 against Norway. Robin Larsson was the first player to score a try for Sweden.

Sweden earnt their first international rugby league win in July 2013, beating Norway in the Nordic Cup 40-22 in Oslo.[3] Later in the year, Sweden would win their first ever silverware, after they beat Denmark in August. This victory secured Sweden's first ever Nordic cup title.

In 2015 Impact Prowear became the proud sponsors of Sweden Rugby League providing the kits for both the National team as well as all 4 domestic teams in the Impact Prowear Swedish Rugby League for the next three seasons.

All-time results record[edit]

Official Rankings as of November 2016[4]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Increase  Australia
2 Decrease  New Zealand
3 Steady  England
4 Increase  Scotland
5 Decrease  Samoa
6  France
7  Fiji
8  Ireland
9  Wales
10 Steady  United States
11  Serbia
12 Increase  Canada
13  Italy
14 Decrease  Tonga
15  Papua New Guinea
16 Increase  Russia
17 Decrease  Jamaica
18  Belgium
19 Steady  Spain
20  Malta
21  Lebanon
22 Increase  Ukraine
23  Germany
24  Czech Republic
25 Decrease  Cook Islands
26 Steady  Norway
27  Denmark
28  Greece
29  Sweden
30  Netherlands
31  South Africa
32 Increase  Niue
33 Decrease  Philippines
34 Steady  Chile
35  Vanuatu
36  Latvia
37  Solomon Islands
38  Hungary
39  El Salvador
40  Morocco
Team First Played Played Win Draw Loss Points For Points Against Last Meeting
 Norway 2010 4 2 1 1 94 90 2014
 Denmark 2011 5 1 0 4 76 354 2014
Date Result Competition Venue Attendance
30 August 2014 Sweden def. Norway 24-12 Nordic Cup Kävlinge, Sweden Not known[5]
16 August 2014 Denmark def. Sweden 44-6 Nordic Cup Copenhagen, Denmark Not known
17 August 2013 Sweden def. Denmark 38-12 Nordic Cup Kävlinge, Sweden Not known
24 July 2013 Sweden def. Norway 40-22 Nordic Cup Oslo, Norway Not known[6]
28 July 2012 Norway def. Sweden 36-10 Nordic Cup Stockholm, Sweden Not known[7]
28 April 2012 Denmark def. Sweden 122-8 Test match Gladsaxe Stadium, Copenhagen, Denmark 500+[8]
2 July 2011 Denmark XIII def. Sweden 52-18 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg, Sweden Not known[9]
30 October 2010 Sweden drew Norway 20-20 Nordic Cup Spartacus Rugby Club, Gothenburg Not known[10]

Current squad[edit]

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