Belgium national rugby union team

Belgium national rugby union team

Belgium national rugby union team
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 (598)
First match
Belgium 6 - 6 Netherlands
(13 March 1932)
Largest win
Belgium 94 - 3 UAE
(8 December 2012)
Largest defeat
Spain 77 - 0 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).

Contents

  • History 1
  • Rugby World Cup qualification 2
  • Current Team 3
  • Record 4
    • Overall 4.1
  • Recent results 5
  • See also 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8

History

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

  • 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.

Current Team

Players used in the 2010-2012 ENC.

Player Position Club
Wende Norman Hooker Saint Etienne
Dienst Thomas Hooker Lille Métropole Rugby
Massimi Julien Prop Saint Etienne
Maxime Jadot Prop Pau
Wey Jerome Prop Saint Nazarie
Debaty Christophe Prop Tyrosse Rugby
Hendrickx Pierre Lock Boitsfort
Verschelden Mathieu Lock Saint Etienne
Hanchir Julien Lock SO Millau
Billi Bertrand Flanker Soignies
Eppe Denis Flanker ROC
Forneau Charlie Number eight Melbourne Harlequins
Neill Andrew Number eight Tournefeuille
Julien Berger Scrum-half La Rochelle
Williams Alan Full-back US Cognac
Fierro Carlos Fly-half Soignies
Haghedooren Dirk Centre AGDE
Piron Guillaume Centre Montpellier Espoirs
Cauwe Jerome Wing ASUB Waterloo
Meeus Nicolas Wing Kituro RC
Torfs Jens Wing Racing Métro Espoirs
Guns Sebastien Fullback Boitsfort
De Molder Michaël Flanker Boitsfort
De Molder Thomas Flanker - N°8 Pau
Andre Thibaut Fullback Soignies

Record

Overall

Top 25 rankings as on 1 November 2015[3]
Rank Change* Team Points
1  New Zealand 96.10
2  Australia 89.33
3  South Africa 87.66
4  Wales 83.49
5  Argentina 82.59
6  Ireland 81.17
7  France 79.77
8  England 79.77
9  Scotland 77.94
10  Japan 77.05
11  Fiji 76.96
12  Italy 72.74
13  Tonga 71.60
14  Georgia 71.45
15  Samoa 70.36
16  United States 68.66
17  Romania 66.59
18  Canada 62.65
19  Uruguay 62.11
20  Namibia 61.75
21  Spain 61.54
22  Russia 61.10
23  Chile 57.34
24  Hong Kong 57.31
25  South Korea 56.70
*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%

Recent results

The following table shows Belgium's results over the past three years.

Date City Opponent Results¹ Attendance Type of game
12 February 2011 Brussels Moldova 20-5 ??? European Nations Cup
12 March 2011 Gdynia, Poland Poland 21-28 ??? European Nations Cup
19 March 2011 Brussels Germany 28-25 ??? European Nations Cup
23 April 2011 Amsterdam Netherlands 30-18 ??? European Nations Cup
5 November 2011 Brussels Czech Republic 55-0 ??? European Nations Cup
25 February 2012 Brussels Netherlands 58-3 ??? European Nations Cup
10 March 2012 Chisinau Moldova 17-16 ??? European Nations Cup
17 March 2012 Heusenstamm Germany 30-29 ??? European Nations Cup
7 April 2012 Brussels Poland 20-13 ??? European Nations Cup
3 November 2012 Frameries Armée française 26-11 ??? Friendly
8 December 2012 Dubai United Arab Emirates 94-3 ??? 2012 Cup of Nations (rugby union)
11 December 2012 Dubai Zimbabwe 28-11 ??? 2012 Cup of Nations (rugby union)
14 December 2012 Dubai Hong Kong 24-12 ??? 2012 Cup of Nations (rugby union)
2 February 2013 Brussels Georgia 13-17 ??? European Nations Cup
9 February 2013 Brussels Spain 21-21 ??? European Nations Cup
9 March 2013 Brussels Romania 14-32 3500 European Nations Cup

See also

References

  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 1 November 2015. 

External links

  • http://www.rugbyevents.be
  • Belgian Rugby Federation
  • Belgium XV Official Games
  • Belgium on rugbydata.com