|Union||Basque Rugby Federation|
Euskadiko Errugbi Federakundea
|Head coach||José Miguel Galdós|
Basque Country women's national rugby union team (Basque: Euskadiko emakumeen selekzioa) is the national and/or representative women's rugby union team of the Basque Country. It is organised by the Basque Rugby Federation and has been active since 1994–95. Unlike the men's team, the Basque Country women's team have only played a small number of international games. They regularly play friendlies against club and provincial teams.
Since 1994–95 the Basque Country women's team have competed in the Spanish Regions Championship featuring other women's teams representing the autonomous communities of Spain. This competition is organised by the Spanish Rugby Federation. Since 2006–07 they have also competed in the Pyrenees International Tournament.
|30 September 1995||Côte Basque Landes||10–17||Basque Country|
|1995–96||US Herms||19–10||Basque Country||Zarautz|
|1996–97||Armagnac Bigorre||5–44||Basque Country|
|1996–97||France A||0–32||Basque Country|
|1996–97||Périgord Agenais||0–25||Basque Country|
|1997–98||US Herms||30–0||Basque Country|
|1997–98||Aquitaine B||0–10||Basque Country|
|1997–98||Armagnac Bigorre||7–47||Basque Country|
|1998–99||US Herms||53–12||Basque Country|
|1998–99||Basque Country||65–15||Armagnac Bigorre|
|1999–2000||Basque Country||34–0||US Herms|
|2000–01||Les Pachys d'Herm||12–5||Basque Country|
|2000–01||Basque Country||15–20||British Police XV|
|2001–02||Les Pachys d'Herm||20–19||Basque Country|
|2001–02||Basque Country||3–0||Madrid||[Note 1]|
|2002–03||Madrid||10–5||Basque Country||[Note 1]|
|2003–04||Catalonia||10–5||Basque Country||[Note 1]|
|2004–05||Basque Country||10–0||AS Bayonne|
|2005–06||Basque Country||28–0||Galicia||[Note 1]|
|2005–06||France Universities||32–5||Basque Country|
|9 September 2006||Béarn||15–0||Basque Country||Lagor|
|29 September 2007||Basque Country||7–17||AS Bayonne||Menditte|
|31 May 2008||France Universities||37–0||Basque Country||Bayonne|
|2007–08||Basque Country||25–15||Madrid||[Note 1]|
|13 September 2008||Basque Country||5–31||L.A.R.G.E.||Salies-de-Béarn|
|14 March 2010||Catalonia||12–17||Basque Country||Lleida [Note 2]|
|2009–10||Basque Country||15–10||Madrid||[Note 1]|
|12 December 2010||Basque Country||15–22||Catalonia||Durango, Biscay [Note 2]|
|2010–11||Madrid||27–7||Basque Country||[Note 1]|
|6 February 2016||Basque Country||5–42||France U20||Hernani, Gipuzkoa|
|10 September 2016||Basque Country||0–116||Spain||Gamarra, Vitoria-Gasteiz|
Squad called up for the friendly match against France U20 on 6 February 2016.
Head coach: José Miguel Galdós
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