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Spain national rugby league team

 

Spain national rugby league team

Spain
Governing body Asociación Española de Rugby League
Region Europe
Head coach Darren Fisher
Captain Aitor Davila
RLIF ranking 26th
First international
 Spain 12–10 Belgium 
(Brussels, 25 May 2014)
Biggest win
 Spain 54–10 Belgium 
(Valencia, 8 June 2014)
Biggest defeat
N/A

The Spain national rugby league team represents Spain in the sport of rugby league football, running under the auspices of the Asociación Española de Rugby League.

Contents

  • History 1
  • 2014 Squad 2
  • National Team Results 3
    • All-Time Results Record 3.1
  • See also 4
  • References 5

History

The first rugby league in Spain was played in the region of Catalonia in 2009, with a Catalonia national rugby league team playing several matches against European nations. However, desiring to represent only Catalonia and not the entirety of Spain, the Catalonia team was denied RLEF membership and disappeared from international competition shortly afterwards.

Rugby league in Spain began once again in 2013, with a national body (Asociación Española de Rugby League) being formed and admitted to the RLEF by the end of that year. [1] The first Spanish domestic competition kicked off in 2013 with clubs based in the Valencian Community, and the national team played its first match on May 25, 2014, [2] defeating Belgium in Brussels. The first captain was Aitor Davila and the first Spanish try at international level was scored by Gonzalo Morro. [3]


2014 Squad

Official Rankings as of December 2014[4]
Rank Change Team Points
1 Steady  Australia 984.00
2  New Zealand 884.00
3  England 485.00
4 Increase  Samoa 316.00
5 Decrease  France 215.00
6  Fiji 184.00
7 Increase  Ireland 154.00
8  Scotland 123.00
9 Decrease  Wales 122.00
10  United States 119.00
11  Papua New Guinea 112.00
12 Steady  Italy 79.00
13 Increase  Serbia 49.00
14  Canada 49.00
15 Decrease  Russia 45.00
16  Tonga 32.00
17  Cook Islands 31.00
18 Steady  Germany 27.00
19  Norway 22.00
20  Ukraine 21.00
21  Lebanon 19.00
22  Belgium 19.00
23 Increase  Greece 19.00
24 Decrease  Malta 18.00
25 Steady  Netherlands 14.00
26 Increase  Denmark 13.00
27 Decrease  Jamaica 11.00
28 Steady  Spain 9.00
29 Increase  Czech Republic 7.00
30  Sweden 7.00
31 Decrease  South Africa 4.00
32 Increase  Hungary 2.00
33 Decrease  Latvia 0.00
34 Steady  Morocco 0.00

National Team Results

Date Venue Home Result Away Crowd Competition Report
25 May 2014 Neder-Over-Heembeek Spain 12–10 Belgium Friendly Report
8 June 2014 Campo de Rugby la Pelosa Spain 54–10 Belgium Friendly Report


All-Time Results Record

Team 1st Played Play Win Draw Loss Points For Points Agn.
Belgium 2014 2 2 0 0 66 20

See also

References

  1. ^ RLEF profile - Spain
  2. ^ Spain set for emotional international rugby league debut
  3. ^ RLEF match report - Belgium vs Spain
  4. ^ [1]; RLIF Rankings
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