Sweden national rugby league team

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Sweden
Badge of Sweden team
Nickname Barbarians
Governing body Rugby League Sweden
Region Europe
Head coach Ashley Brown
Captain Fabian Wikander
RLIF ranking 31st
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 December 2015[4]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 897.00
2  Australia 719.00
3  England 655.00
4  Samoa 280.00
5  France 209.00
6 Increase  Ireland 162.00
7 Decrease  Fiji 147.00
8 Increase  Wales 132.00
9 Decrease  Scotland 121.00
10 Steady  United States 102.00
11 Increase  Serbia 72.00
12 Steady  Italy 65.00
13  Canada 62.00
14 Decrease  Papua New Guinea 60.00
15 Increase  Russia 46.00
16 Decrease  Tonga 40.00
17 Increase  Belgium 40.00
18  Malta 32.00
19 Steady  Germany 28.00
20  Lebanon 27.00
21 Increase  Spain 26.00
22 Decrease  Cook Islands 23.00
23  Ukraine 22.00
24 Steady  Greece 21.00
25 Increase  Denmark 20.00
26 Decrease  Norway 19.00
27 Increase  Jamaica 16.00
28 Decrease  Netherlands 15.00
29 Decrease  Sweden 15.00
30 Steady  Czech Republic 14.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 13.00
32 Steady  Niue 4.00
33  Hungary 2.00
34  Latvia 2.00
35  Morocco 0.00


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]

Sweden national rugby league team
First team squad Coaching staff

Head coach



Legend:
  • (c) Captain
  • (vc) Vice captain

Updated: October 2012
Source(s): http://www.rugbyleagueplanet.com/rlp-nations/denmark/1861-denmark-rugby-league-secure-nordic-cup-with-win-over-sweden

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