Switzerland national rugby union team

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Switzerland
Swissrugby.jpg
Union Swiss Rugby Union
Coach(es) Philippe Filiatre France
Andrew Mackenzie Scotland
Carter Croft England
Team kit
Change kit
First international
Switzerland Switzerland 4–23 Portugal Portugal
(11 April 1973)
Largest win
Bulgaria Bulgaria 9–90 Switzerland Switzerland
(14 October 2000)
Largest defeat
Spain Spain 40–0 Switzerland Switzerland
(11 May 1993)

The Swiss national rugby union team is a member of Rugby Europe and plays in the Division 2A of the European Nations Cup. Thus far Switzerland have not qualified for a Rugby World Cup.

History[edit]

Switzerland played their first ever international rugby match on April 11, 1973 in Neuchatel against Portugal, losing 23–4. The following year they lost 10–18 to Belgium, and were then defeated by them 33–3 in 1975. After the second lost to Belgium, Switzerland won their first international rugby match; defeating Serbia-Montenegro 12–3 in Geneva. The only other win for Switzerland during the 1970s was a 7–4 victory over Luxembourg in 1977. In 1979 they were defeated 43–0 by Monaco and 31–0 by Portugal.

They however bounced back in 1980, defeating Luxembourg 10–7 in Berne, though they then lost close matches against Sweden and Belgium, and were again held to nil by Portugal in 1981, but got a victory over Denmark later that year. After losing to Belgium and Sweden in 1982, they then scored 60 unanswered points against Finland. They then lost nine games in a row from 1982 to 1986, then defeating Serbia-Montenegro 5–0 in May 1986.

In 1989, Switzerland attempted to qualify for the 1991 Rugby World Cup in England, playing in the European tournament – Round 2A. They finished third in the final standings of the round, winning one of their three fixtures. Switzerland also participated in the qualifying tournaments for the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, making it past the preliminary round from the west group, but not advancing past Round 1.

Switzerland finished third (out of six nations) in Pool 1 of Round 1 of the European qualification tournaments for the 1999 Rugby World Cup in Wales, winning and drawing one game out of four fixtures. Switzerland had more success in the qualifying tournaments for the 2003 Rugby World Cup in Australia, finishing at the top of Pool B in Round 1 and advancing to Round 2, but were unable to advance to Round 3. In attempting to qualify for the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France, Switzerland finished fourth in Pool D of Round 2 of the European qualification process.

As of 4 January 2016, Switzerland is ranked 35th in the World Rugby Rankings.

Current players[edit]

Name Position Date of Birth Club/Province
Schelte Betten GC Zürich Switzerland
Olivier Gerber GC Zürich Switzerland
Bang Gomay RC Genève PLO Switzerland
Frédéric Rossier Stade Lausanne RC Switzerland
Alfredo Burgener RC Nyon Switzerland
Gaby Fox RC Fribourg Switzerland
Josh Bjornson GC Zürich Switzerland
Nicolas Guyou Flanker 18 May 1982 RC Châteaurenard France
Didier Richard Stade Lausanne RC Switzerland
Sergio Hösel GC Zürich Switzerland
Ludovic Keller CA Pontarlier France
Ali Nouri Hermance RRC Switzerland
Loïc Verreman RC Nyon Switzerland
Pedro Dubois RC Nyon Switzerland
Ismael Meyer Stade Lausanne RC Switzerland
Geoff Johnson Hermance RRC Switzerland
Jonathan Hudson Hermance RRC Switzerland - Oxford University England
Iain Wise Hermance RRC Switzerland
Mathieu Guyou-Kreis RCA Cergy-Pontoise France
Jacky Dervey Stade Lausanne RC Switzerland
Thomas Douvegheant Hermance RRC Switzerland
Christophe Guillet RC Genève PLO Switzerland
Thomas Brossard RC Annemasse France
Florian Dillet Hermance RRC Switzerland

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