|Nickname(s)||Oranje (The Oranges)|
|Union||Dutch Rugby Union|
|Head coach||Zane Gardiner|
|Most caps||Marc Visser (67)|
|Home stadium||NRCA Stadium|
|World Rugby ranking|
|Current||25 (as of 24 June 2020)|
| Netherlands 0–6 Belgium |
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1 July 1930)
| Netherlands 62–0 Denmark |
(Hilversum, Netherlands; 6 October 1973)
| England 110–0 Netherlands |
(Huddersfield, England 14 November 1998)
The Netherlands national rugby union team (Dutch : Nederlands nationaal rugbyteam) represents Netherlands in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The Oranges (Oranje), is considered one of the stronger tier 3 teams in European rugby and currently compete in the second division of the Rugby Europe International Championships in the Rugby Europe Trophy, a competition which is just below the Rugby Europe Championship where the top 6 countries in Europe (apart from the teams in the Six Nations compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup.
The Netherlands played their first ever game in 1930, against Belgium on 1 July. The Netherlands played Belgium and Germany as well as Romania. During the 1940s they played regularly against Belgium and Germany. The 1960s saw the side play West Germany regularly as well as other fixtures including matches against Poland, Sweden, Spain and Czechoslovakia. The 1970s saw fixtures played against many teams, notably Italy.
Men's World Rugby Rankings
|Top 30 rankings as of 10 May, 2021|
|*Change from the previous week|
Below is a table of the representative rugby matches played by a Netherlands national XV at test level up until 24 June 2021.
|Opponents||Matches||Won||Draw||Lost||Points For||Points Against||Pts Difference||Win%|
|Serbia and Montenegro||6||4||0||2||93||40||+53||66.6%|
On the 24th of June 2021, the following 25 players were called up for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship matches against Georgia, Portugal and Spain
Head Coach: Zane Gardiner
Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.
|Player||Position||Date of birth (age)||Caps||Club/province|
|Mark Darlington||Hooker||Maidenhead RFC|
|Ross Bennie Coulson||Hooker||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Lars Linnenbank||Hooker||Rugby Club the Dukes|
|Jake Stamenkovic||Prop||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Hugo Langelaan||Prop||RC Eemland|
|Andrew Darlington||Prop||RC 't Gooi|
|Robin Moenen||Prop||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Jim Boelrijk||Lock||RC 't Gooi|
|Rikkert Verhofstad||Lock||RFC Haarlem|
|Mark Wokke||Lock||Castricumse RC|
|Dirk Danen||Flanker||RC Hilversum|
|Wolf van Dijk||Flanker||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Blake Nightingale||Flanker||RC the Bassets Sassenheim|
|Tom Altink||Number 8||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Kevin Krieger||Number 8||Haagsche RC|
|Amir Rademaker||Scrum-half||Haagsche RC|
|Benjamin Garcia||Scrum-half||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Tony Hoogenboom||Scrum-half||Castricumse RC|
|Hugo Scholler||Scrum-half||Haagsche RC|
|Jasey van Kampen||Fly-half||Haagsche RC|
|Mees van Oord||Fly-half||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Illie Greeve||Centre||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Storm Carroll||Centre||RC the Bassets Sassenheim|
|Jordy Hop||Wing||RC Eemland|
|Siem Noorman||Wing||Haagsche RC|
|Daan van de Avoird||Wing||RC DIOK Leiden|
|Josh Gascoigne||Fullback||RC Hilversum|
The current coaching staff of the Netherlands national team:
|Zane Gardiner||NZL||Head coach|
|Allard Jonkers||NED||Assistant coach|
|Scott Smith||SCO||Assistant coach|
|Emmanuel Peyrezabes||FRA||Strength and Conditioning coach|
|Antoine van den Berg||NED||Physiotherapist|
|Sebastiaan van Osch||NED||Physiotherapist|
|Adam Doherty||IRE||Mental coach|
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