Belgium national rugby union team

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Belgium national rugby union team
Belgium logo.jpg
Union Belgian Rugby Federation
Nickname(s) Zwarte Duivels / Diables Noirs (Black Devils)
President Michel Coric
Coach(es) Guillaume Ajac
Captain(s) Thomas Demolder
Top scorer Alan Williams (625)
1st kit
2nd kit
First match
Belgium Belgium 6 - 6 Netherlands Netherlands
(13 March 1932)
Largest win
Belgium Belgium 94 - 3 UAE United Arab Emirates
(8 December 2012)
Largest defeat
Spain Spain 77 - 0 Belgium Belgium
(8 December 1996)
Germany playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2007 Rugby World Cup
Poland playing Belgium in Qualifiers for the 2011 Rugby World Cup

The Belgium national rugby union team represents Belgium in international rugby competitions. Rugby union in Belgium is administered by the Belgian Rugby Federation. Belgium have been ranked in the Top 30 since 2010.[1]

Belgium have yet to qualify for the Rugby World Cup. Belgium participates in the European Nations Cup (the second tier of European International competitions, the Six Nations being the most important one).

History[edit]

The Belgium rugby team played their first match on 13 March 1932 against the Netherlands. They contested annual games against the Netherlands for half a decade starting in 1932. They drew the 1932 game, but lost subsequent matches during the 1930s. They also played Italy and Germany in 1937, losing both games.

During the 1950s, Belgium continued playing the Netherlands, as well as teams like Spain. They managed to obtain a draw in the 1960s against Portugal. In the 1970s they won the majority of their games, as well as playing a broader range of European nations. This trend continued throughout the 1980s. Belgium had a six-game winning streak in the late 1980s. They began playing more games against their regular European opponents as they entered the 1990s. A Belgium side played the Argentina national rugby union team prior to the 2007 Rugby World Cup. A Belgium XV played the Barbarians on 24 May 2008.

Belgium has been steadily improving, ranked number 55th in 2004, the 'Black Devils' improved a whole lot on the following years, obtaining good results against other European Nations, gaining entry to the IRB Ranking's Top 30 in 2010. Since their induction to the first 30 rugby nations in the international ranking, they have managed to maintain their place.[2]

Belgium had a very successful campaign during the 2010-2012 European Nations Cup, with a 10 match winning streak from March 2011 to December 2012. They gained promotion to the ENC 1A for the 2012-14 competition, where they play against sides such as Spain, Portugal, and the latest 2011 Rugby World Cup participants, Romania, Georgia and Russia.

Jacques Rogge, the current International Olympic Committee president, was a member of the Belgium national team.

Rugby World Cup qualification[edit]

  • 1987 - Not invited
  • 1991 - Did not qualify
  • 1995 - Did not qualify
  • 1999 - Did not qualify
  • 2003 - Did not qualify. Finished last in 2001 Round 2 Pool B.
  • 2007 - Did not qualify. Finished second behind Germany in 2005-06 Round 3A.
  • 2011 - Did not qualify. Finished second behind Ukraine in 2008-2010 ENC 2A.
  • 2015 - Did not qualify. Finished sixth (last) in Division 1A.

Current Team[edit]

2016-2017

Player's name Club Club standings
FRONT ROW
Christophe Debaty Luik BEL D2
Thomas Dienst Ottignies BEL D1
Lucas Sotteau Oloron FR FED 2
Alexis Cuffolo CS Beaune FR FED 2
Max Dubois Soignies BEL D1
Maxime Jadot RC Vannes FR PRO D2
Martin Jessen USAPerpignan FR PRO D2
Sep De Backer Dendermonde BEL D1
Julien Massimi Asub Waterloo BEL D1
Cian Cauwenberghs Kituro BEL D1
SECOND ROW
Mathieu Verschelden RC Tricastin FR FED 1
Tuur Moelants Asub Waterloo BEL D1
Julien Penders The Dukes Ned D1
Bertrand Billi Soignies BEL D1
Sydney Mulumba Villefranche de Lauragais FR FED 2
Brieuc Corradi dijon FR FED 1
THIRD ROW
Gillian Benoy Dendermonde BEL D1
Michael Abrahams Kituro BEL D1
Alec Maloir Narbonne PRO D2
Paul Edouard Van Laer Nice FR FED 1
Esteban Thewissen Stade Toulousain FR TOP 14
Baptiste Lescaboura Kituro BEL D1
Thomas De Molder grasse FR FED 1
Amin Hamzaoui Angoulême PRO D2
Tom Coupé Dendermonde BEL D1
Thomas Vervoort La Seyne Sur Mer FR FED 1
Sven D'hooghe Racing Métro 92 FR TOP 14
Clément Veeckman Hagetmau FR FED 2
SCRUM-HALVES
Julien Berger Provence Rugby FR PRO D2
Tom Cocqu Aubenas FR FED 1
FLY-HALVES
Kevin Williams Asub Waterloo BEL D1
Sebastien Guns Ottignies BEL D1
Bruno Lancelle Hyeres FR FED 2
Kevin Dams Asub Waterloo BEL D1
CENTRES
Florian Piron Chartres FR FED 2
Nathan Bontems Racin Métro 92 FR TOP 14
Guillaume Brébant Frameries BEL D1
Bram Coupé Terhulpen BEL D1
Bjorn Van zyl Terhulpen BEL D1
Jens Torfs USAPerpignan FR PRO D2
Guillaume Piron Colomiers FR PRO D2
Simon Causse Villeurbanne FR FED 1
Florent debatty Soignies BEL D1
Hendrik Brouwers Arras FR FED 2
BACKS
Charles Reynaert Racing Métro 92 FR TOP 14
Ervin Muric Asub Waterloo BEL D1
Loic Lechien Bosvoorde BEL D1
Marc Tchangué USAPerpignan FR PRO D2
Louis Debatty Soignies BEL D1
Dirk Hagedoorn Agde FR FED 1
Tornike Megredlize Soignies BEL D1
Thomas Brouillard Ottignies BEL D1
Thomas Wallraff Bordeaux-Bègles FR PRO D2
Nicolas Meeus Buenos Aires
Alan Williams US cognac FR FED 1

Record[edit]

Overall[edit]

Top 30 rankings as of 21 November 2016[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1 Steady  New Zealand 94.78
2 Steady  England 89.84
3 Steady  Australia 88.14
4 Increase1  Ireland 83.46
5 Decrease1  South Africa 82.49
6 Steady  Wales 81.77
7 Increase2  Scotland 80.57
8 Decrease1  France 80.13
9 Decrease1  Argentina 79.91
10 Steady  Fiji 75.49
11 Steady  Japan 75.20
12 Steady  Georgia 74.24
13 Steady  Italy 74.23
14 Steady  Samoa 70.91
15 Steady  Tonga 70.25
16 Steady  Romania 69.36
17 Steady  United States 64.66
18 Steady  Canada 64.29
19 Increase2  Russia 63.25
20 Decrease1  Namibia 62.78
21 Decrease1  Uruguay 60.66
22 Increase2  Spain 60.17
23 Decrease1  Kenya 59.28
24 Decrease1  Germany 58.99
25 Increase3  Portugal 56.88
26 Steady  Belgium 56.87
27 Decrease2  Hong Kong 56.50
28 Increase2  South Korea 55.50
29 Decrease2  Chile 55.08
30 Decrease1  Netherlands 54.93
*Change from the previous week


Opponent Played Won Lost Drawn Win percentage
 Armenia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Canada 1 0 1 0 0%
 Croatia 4 2 2 0 50%
 Czech Republic 7 4 2 1 57.14%
 Czechoslovakia 6 1 5 0 16.67%
 Denmark 5 3 1 1 60%
 Fiji 1 0 1 0 0%
 Germany 10 4 5 1 40%
 Hong Kong 1 1 0 0 100%
 Italy 2 0 2 0 0%
 Latvia 2 1 1 0 50%
 Lithuania 2 2 0 0 100%
 Luxembourg 4 4 0 0 100%
 Malta 2 2 0 0 100%
 Moldova 7 5 2 0 71.43%
 Monaco 1 1 0 0 100%
 Morocco 4 1 3 0 25%
 Netherlands 45 23 18 4 51.11%
 Poland 9 2 7 0 22.22%
 Portugal 10 2 6 2 20%
 Romania 2 0 2 0 0%
 Russia 1 0 1 0 0%
 Samoa 1 0 1 0 0%
 Serbia and Montenegro 8 7 1 0 87.5%
 Slovenia 3 2 1 0 66.67%
 Spain 12 1 11 0 8.33%
 Sweden 12 8 4 0 66.67%
  Switzerland 8 5 3 0 62.5%
 Tunisia 5 1 3 1 20%
 Ukraine 5 2 3 0 40%
 United Arab Emirates 1 1 0 0 100%
 West Germany 6 4 1 1 66.67%
 Zimbabwe 1 1 0 0 100%
Total 189 90 88 11 47.62%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html
  2. ^ International Rugby Board, World Rankings Analysis, http://www.irb.com/rankings/analysis/index.html
  3. ^ "World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 21 November 2016. 

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