Netherlands national rugby union team

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Netherlands
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Nickname(s)Oranje (The Oranges)
Union Dutch Rugby Union
Head coach Zane Gardiner
Captain Dirk Danen
Most caps Marc Visser (67)
Home stadium NRCA Stadium
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current25 (as of 24 June 2020)
Highest23 (2018)
Lowest48 (2008)
First international
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 0–6 Belgium  Flag of Belgium (civil).svg
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 1 July 1930)
Biggest win
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 62–0 Denmark  Flag of Denmark.svg
(Hilversum, Netherlands; 6 October 1973)
Biggest defeat
Flag of England.svg  England 110–0 Netherlands  Flag of the Netherlands.svg
(Huddersfield, England 14 November 1998)
Website www.rugby.nl

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.

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History

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.

Record

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 10 May, 2021 [1]
RankChange*TeamPoints
1Steady2.svgFlag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 094.20
2Steady2.svgFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 088.95
3Steady2.svgFlag of England.svg  England 085.44
4Steady2.svgIRFU flag.svg  Ireland 084.69
5Steady2.svgFlag of France.svg  France 084.27
6Steady2.svgFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 083.44
7Steady2.svgFlag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.08
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Steady2.svgFlag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 080.31
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.29
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Steady2.svgFlag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 071.44
14Steady2.svgFlag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 070.72
15Steady2.svgFlag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
16Steady2.svgFlag of the United States.svg  United States 068.10
17Steady2.svgFlag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 067.02
18Steady2.svgFlag of Romania.svg  Romania 066.22
19Steady2.svgFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
20Steady2.svgFlag of Russia.svg  Russia 062.71
21Steady2.svgFlag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 062.10
22Steady2.svgFlag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
23Steady2.svgFlag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
24Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 061.04
25Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 060.09
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 057.71
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 057.17
28Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
29Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 053.81
30Steady2.svgFlag of Germany.svg  Germany 053.13
*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.

OpponentsMatchesWonDrawLostPoints ForPoints AgainstPts DifferenceWin%
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 3300140116+24100%
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 4419421444520–7643.2%
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria 11004510+35100%
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 22004719+28100%
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 530213691+4560%
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 72058899–1128.5%
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1090131157+25490%
Flag of East Germany.svg  East Germany 21012035–1550%
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 410364164–10025%
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 14608175220–4542.8%
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 21102510+1550%
Flag of England.svg  England 10010110–1100%
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel 1100560+56100%
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 400427178–1510%
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 40041513+20%
Flag of Latvia.svg  Latvia 330013423+11100%
Flag of Lithuania.svg  Lithuania 32019034+5675%
Flag of Malta.svg  Malta 1100279+18100%
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 730488111–2342.86%
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 31027785–833.3%
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 207211280317–3736.4%
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 12138141229–8829.1%
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 801749299–2506.25%
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 400439208–1690%
Flag of Serbia and Montenegro (1992-2006).svg  Serbia and Montenegro 64029340+5366.6%
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 140113107394–2873.5%
Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 210145108–6350%
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 191801444186+25894.74%
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 22004722+25100%
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 54018653+3380%
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 41037188–1725%
Flag of Uganda.svg  Uganda 1100420+42100%
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 289118279481–20233.9%
Total2461071312637324329–59743.49%

Current squad

On the 24th of June 2021, the following 25 players were called up for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship matches against Flag of Georgia.svg Georgia, Flag of Portugal.svg Portugal and Flag of Spain.svg Spain [2]

Head Coach: Flag of New Zealand.svg Zane Gardiner

Note: Flags indicate national union for the club/province as defined by World Rugby.

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Mark Darlington Hooker Flag of England.svg Maidenhead RFC
Ross Bennie Coulson Hooker Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Lars Linnenbank Hooker Flag of the Netherlands.svg Rugby Club the Dukes
Jake Stamenkovic Prop Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Hugo Langelaan Prop Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC Eemland
Andrew Darlington Prop Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC 't Gooi
Robin Moenen Prop Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Jim Boelrijk Lock Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC 't Gooi
Rikkert Verhofstad Lock Flag of the Netherlands.svg RFC Haarlem
Mark Wokke Lock Flag of the Netherlands.svg Castricumse RC
Koen Bloemen Lock Flag of France.svg Bourg-en-Bresse
Dirk Danen Flanker Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC Hilversum
Wolf van Dijk Flanker Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Blake Nightingale Flanker Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC the Bassets Sassenheim
Tom Altink Number 8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Kevin Krieger Number 8 Flag of the Netherlands.svg Haagsche RC
Amir Rademaker Scrum-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg Haagsche RC
Benjamin Garcia Scrum-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Tony Hoogenboom Scrum-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg Castricumse RC
Hugo Scholler Scrum-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg Haagsche RC
Jasey van Kampen Fly-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg Haagsche RC
Mees van Oord Fly-half Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Illie Greeve Centre Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
David Weersma Centre Flag of Spain.svg Aparejadores
Storm Carroll Centre Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC the Bassets Sassenheim
Jordy Hop Wing Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC Eemland
Siem Noorman Wing Flag of the Netherlands.svg Haagsche RC
Daan van de Avoird Wing Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC DIOK Leiden
Josh Gascoigne Fullback Flag of the Netherlands.svg RC Hilversum

Current coaching staff

The current coaching staff of the Netherlands national team: [3]

NameNationalityRole
Robert Penris Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Manager
Zane Gardiner Flag of New Zealand.svg  NZL Head coach
Allard Jonkers Flag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Assistant coach
Scott Smith Flag of Scotland.svg  SCO Assistant coach
Emmanuel PeyrezabesFlag of France.svg  FRA Strength and Conditioning coach
Antoine van den BergFlag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Physiotherapist
Sebastiaan van OschFlag of the Netherlands.svg  NED Physiotherapist
Adam Doherty IRFU flag.svg IRE Mental coach

See also

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References

  1. "Men's World Rankings". World Rugby. Retrieved 10 May 2021.
  2. Netherlands`s squad for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship
  3. "Netherlands National Rugby Union Team". www.rugby.nl. Nederlandse Rugby Bond.