Spain national rugby union team

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Spain
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Nickname(s)Los Leones (The Lions)
Emblem Lion
Union Spanish Rugby Federation
Head coach Santiago Santos
Captain Fernando López
Most caps Francisco Puertas (93)
Top scorer Esteban Roqué Segovia (285)
Top try scorer César Sempere (31)
Home stadium Estadio Nacional Complutense
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First colours
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World Rugby ranking
Current20 (as of 17 July 2021)
Highest16 (2019)
Lowest32 (2005)
First international
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 9–0 Italy  Flag of Italy.svg
(Barcelona, Spain; 20 May 1929)
Biggest win
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 90–8 Czech Republic  Flag of the Czech Republic.svg
(Madrid, Spain; 2 April 1995)
Biggest defeat
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 10–92 Australia  Flag of Australia (converted).svg
(Madrid, Spain; 1 November 2001)
World Cup
Appearances1 (First in 1999 )
Best resultPool stage, 1999
Website www.ferugby.es

The Spain national rugby union team (Spanish: Selección nacional de rugby de España), nicknamed Los Leones (The Lions), represents Spain in men's international rugby union competitions. The team is administered by the Spanish Rugby Federation. The team annually takes part in the European Nations Cup, the highest European rugby championship outside the Six Nations. The national side is ranked 16th in the world (as of 3 November 2020).

Contents

Rugby union in Spain dates back to 1901, although Spain did not play its first international until 1929, beating Italy 9–0 in Barcelona. Throughout the century, Spain mostly played against other European opponents such as France, Italy, Romania, West Germany, the Soviet Union, and Portugal. The team's greatest moment of success came in 1999, when Spain qualified for the 1999 Rugby World Cup. Despite being whitewashed, the team performed admirably in a group which included South Africa and Scotland.

Today, Spain competes in the European Nations Cup against Georgia, Germany, Portugal, Romania, and Russia. Spain has never been crowned European champions, though has come close. The closest they've come to becoming European champions was in 2012, having beaten both Romania and Georgia and finishing second. Many players have moved abroad to play professionally in France, in hopes of qualifying for the 2019 or possibly expanded 2023 editions of the World Cup. [1]

History

Early history and amateur era

The exact starting point of rugby union in Spain is unknown; Catalan student Baldiri Aleu introduced the game from France to a mainstream Spanish audience in 1921, but the game might have been played on Spanish soil earlier. [2] Through the 1920s, the game gradually gained popularity through universities in the country. The first Copa del Rey de Rugby was organized in 1926, and won by Barcelona. An unofficial Spanish XV played France, including Yves du Manoir, in 1927, but it was organised by a rebel governing body. [3]

Spain played their first officially recognised match in 1929, winning 9–0 over Italy in the Estadi Olímpic de Montjuïc. [3] During the 1930s the Spanish rugby team played sporadically in the 1930s, playing against the national teams of Italy, Morocco, Germany, and Portugal. Due to the outbreak of World War II, rugby in much of Europe was suspended, and this included Spain. Rugby operations throughout Europe were continued in the 1950s; through this decade the Spanish struggled to the likes of West Germany, Italy and Romania. This pattern of consistency continued somewhat in the 1960s and 1970s; Spain traditionally struggled versus more established opponents such as Romania and Italy, but beat other neighboring sides such as Portugal and Morocco. However, while no official games were played between Spain and the Home Nations or the SANZAR, some Spanish sides traveled to play against various foreign sides. [4]

The 1980s proved to be somewhat of a golden age for Spanish rugby; for the first time Spain played against non-FIRA competition, playing a test against both the Māori All Blacks as well as South American giants Argentina in November 1982, in Madrid. The Spanish were thrashed 66–3 to the Māori, but came close to upsetting Argentina, losing only 28 to 19. The Spanish also received Zimbabwe through various tests in the 80s. The Spanish recorded upsets, defeating Zimbabwe in Harare in 1984, winning 30–18.

World Cup begins (1987–2009)

Even more impressive, the Spanish swept a two-game tour in Zimbabwe, a team that had appeared in the 1987 Rugby World Cup, winning 28–16 and 14–9 in Bulawayo and Harare. Other notable results in this period included beating Uruguay 18–6, as well as giving scares to the sides of England and Scotland, and coming within 10 points of beating the Māori in 1988. By the end of the 80s, Spain was considered one of the best non-5 Nations teams in Europe, just barely behind Romania, Italy, and the Soviet Union. Spain officially joined the IRB in 1987, after not being invited for the 1987 Rugby World Cup, despite the USSR declining an invitation.

Spain playing against the Czech Republic in 2007. Spain vs Czech Republic 2007 rugby (1).jpg
Spain playing against the Czech Republic in 2007.

The 1990s provided a mixed fortune of both near misses and eventual success. In the 1991 qualifying rounds, Spain easily toppled its first group consisting of the Netherlands, Poland and Belgium, all games being played at home. However, Spain very narrowly missed on qualifying for the Rugby World Cup, losing 19–6 against Romania, finishing third behind Italy and Romania. In 1992, Spain finally beat Romania for the first time in 1992, winning 6–0. Spain again nearly beat Argentina that same year, only losing 43–34 in a shootout in Madrid.

1995 began in similar fashion to the 1991 campaign, easily toppling the first group. However, Spain were unfortunately placed in a group with Wales, losing the key fixture 54–0, and again coming close, yet not close enough.

Spain began their quest for 1999 Rugby World Cup qualification in Pool 3 of Round B of the European qualification. They won all four of their games in the round, finishing first in the group above Portugal. They, along with Portugal advanced to the next pool round with Scotland. They finished second and qualified for their first Rugby World Cup.

For the 1999 Rugby World Cup, Spain were in Pool A, along with Scotland, South Africa and Uruguay. Their first ever World Cup game was played against Uruguay, with Spain losing 27–15. They lost their subsequent pool games to Scotland and the Springboks by 40 points, both of which were played at Murrayfield. They failed to score a try in the tournament, the only team in the World to have qualified but not scored a try in the World cup.

Spain began 2003 Rugby World Cup qualifying games in May 2002. Spain advanced to Round 3 after defeating Portugal. However, they lost to both Italy and Romania, and moved through to face Russia for a place in the repechage competition. Despite losing the first game in Madrid 3–36, and looking dead in the water, Spain pulled off a very unlikely victory, winning 38–22. Despite losing on aggregate, Spain went through the repechage due to Russia being disqualified for fielding ineligible players. They defeated Tunisia and moved on to face the United States. Spain lost 62–13 and 58–13, again missing out on the World Cup.

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Spain playing against Portugal in 2013.

For the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Spain finished at the top of Pool A or Round 2 of the European qualification and advanced to Round 3 where they went into Pool A. Here they won all four fixtures to finish at the top and advance to the play-off. There they faced Germany, and although they lost the first game, they won the second and went through on a 42–28 aggregate and went into Round 4 where they defeated the Czech Republic to enter Round 5. However they lost out to Romania and Georgia in Pool B, ending their hopes of reaching the World Cup in France.

2010–present

Spain missed the qualification for the 2011 Rugby World Cup in New Zealand, this time struggling through their fixtures. They lost 8 of their 10 fixtures, beating only Germany those two times, and missed out on advancing to the next round of qualifying.

Spain entered the top 20 in the IRB ranking in February 2012 for the first time following a 25–18 win over the higher ranked Georgia making headlines with semi-pro back Jack Rowland making a surprising call up scoring 12 out of the 25 points on his international debut. Spain remained in the top 20 throughout the year, ending 2012 ranked 18th. [5] Despite this, the 2015 campaign was similarly disastrous, winning only two of their games as well as two draws. This led to a restructure of the makeup and strategies of the FER. [1] Spain has recently participated in the World Rugby Nations Cup and the 2014 IRB Tbilisi Cup.

The 2019 qualifying saw the team markedly improve; in 2017 they beat Germany, Russia and Belgium, and lost narrowly to Romania at home. The Spaniards started 2018 with great fortune, as they defeated Russia on their home soil for the first time since 2002, and defeated Romania for the first time since 2012.[ citation needed ] With both of these victories, Spain led their qualifying group and looked set for a possible qualification at the 2019 Rugby World Cup, but a controversial defeat at Belgium in the last round, and a heavy deduction of points because of fielding of illegible players, ended their hopes.

Strip

Historically, Spain's kit reflected the colours of Spain; a red jersey with blue shorts deriving from the House of Bourbon. The current home kit consists of a red shirt with a triangular pattern and black on the waist sides, dark blue shorts and dark blue socks, while the away kit consists of a dark blue jersey, red waist sides, dark blue shorts and dark blue socks; previously, during the 1980s and 1990s, the Spanish team wore a yellow top as away kit. [6]

In 2013, it was announced that O'Neills, one of Ireland's most notable sporting brands, would be providing the new kits for Spain. This partnership is expected to last for the rest of the decade. [7] [8] The team has been previously sponsored by Orange and Renfe, and previous kit providers include Canterbury, Westport and Viator.

Currently, the kits are provided by Joma since 2016. Since 2017, Generali is the current sponsor.

Record

European Nations Cup & FIRA Trophy

FIRA Nations Cup (1965 – 1973)
NationGamesPointsTable
points
Champs
playedwondrawnlostforagainstdiff
Flag of France.svg  France 262501824198+626657
Flag of Romania (1965-1989).svg  Romania 261718528222+306511
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 172213135411–267160
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 920765332–267130
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1341886227–141120
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1011881132–5160
Flag of Spain (1945-1977).svg  Spain 31025655+150
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 300319132–11330
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 300323108–8500
SeasonDivisionGamesWonDrewLostPFPAPointsPosition
2000 1520310910594th
2001–02 110307246247164th
2003–04 110019129335116th
2004–06 2871036487231st
2007–08 110406233240184th
2008–10 110208145304145th
2010–12 1A10505225275263rd
2012–14 1A10226159243154th
2014–16 1A10415232207234th
2017 1A53029154133rd
2018 1A530214766133rd
2019 1A540112775182nd
2020 1A530210393132nd

Note: Green signifies promotion; red signifies relegation. Italic signifies current competition.

Rugby World Cup record

World Cup record World Cup qualification record
YearFinishedPWDLFAPWDLFA
Flag of Australia (converted).svg Flag of New Zealand.svg 1987 Not invited
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Flag of Ireland.svg Flag of France.svg 1991 Did not qualify640215994
Flag of South Africa.svg 1995 540117994
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg 1999 Pool Stage3003181226501182144
Flag of Australia (converted).svg 2003 Did not qualify9207158359
Flag of France.svg 2007 141013528224
Flag of New Zealand.svg 2011 10208145304
Flag of England.svg 2015 10226159243
Flag of Japan.svg 2019 860221785
Flag of France.svg 2023 In qualification phase20023547
Total1/8300318122703533217621594

Overall

Men's World Rugby Rankings
Top 30 rankings as of 19 July, 2021 [9]
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 084.85
5Increase2.svg1Flag of France.svg  France 083.87
6Decrease2.svg1Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 083.48
7Increase2.svg2Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 083.15
8Steady2.svgFlag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 082.02
9Decrease2.svg2Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 080.59
10Steady2.svgFlag of Japan.svg  Japan 079.13
11Steady2.svgFlag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 076.87
12Steady2.svgFlag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 073.73
13Increase2.svg1Flag of Samoa.svg  Samoa 073.59
14Increase2.svg1Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 070.65
15Decrease2.svg2Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 068.57
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
19Increase2.svg1Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 065.67
20Decrease2.svg1Flag of Spain.svg  Spain 064.82
21Increase2.svg1Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 061.23
22Increase2.svg1Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 061.11
23Decrease2.svg2Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 060.94
24Steady2.svgFlag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 059.30
25Steady2.svgFlag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 059.04
26Steady2.svgFlag of Brazil.svg  Brazil 056.32
27Steady2.svgFlag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 056.16
28Steady2.svgFlag of Chile.svg  Chile 055.20
29Steady2.svgFlag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 054.12
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 Spain national XV at test level up until 10 July 2021. [10]

OpponentPlayedWonLostDrawnWin %ForAgaDiff
Flag of Andorra.svg  Andorra 3300100.00%1293+126
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina 40400.00%75149–74
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina XV 20200.00%1381–68
Flag of Argentina.svg  Argentina Jaguars 10100.00%741–34
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia 10100.00%1092–82
Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia A 10100.00%336–33
Barbarians 10100.00%2652–26
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium 17142181.25%484123+361
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada 20200.00%4997–48
Flag of Chile.svg  Chile 532060.00%15186+65
Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 210150.00%8435+49
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic 862075.00%340116+224
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czechoslovakia 522140.00%6963+6
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark 1100100.00%5313+40
Flag of England.svg  Emerging England 10100.00%1786–69
Flag of England.svg England U2320200.00%1931–12
Flag of Fiji.svg  Fiji 10100.00%2039–19
Flag of France.svg  France XV 2412304.17%2831075–792
Flag of France.svg French Military412125.00%3452–18
Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 21317114.29%300637–337
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany 1393169.23%359179+180
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong 1100100.00%297+22
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary 1100100.00%639+54
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 27323111.11%187581–394
Flag of Italy.svg  Emerging Italy 10100.00%037–37
Flag of Japan.svg  Japan 30300.00%43114–71
Flag of Kenya.svg  Kenya 10100.00%2736–9
Flag of Moldova.svg  Moldova 1100100.00%407+33
Flag of Morocco.svg  Morocco 18135072.22%332142+190
Flag of Namibia.svg  Namibia 752071.42%178156+22
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 14130192.86%394107+287
Flag of New Zealand.svg New Zealand Māori 20200.00%1588–73
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland 16106062.50%320207+113
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal 392611266.67%847589+258
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 3733408.10%3791063–684
  Royal Air Force40220.00%2659–33
Flag of Russia.svg  Russia 22616023.81%502625–123
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland 10100.00%048–48
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland XV 40400.00%34211–177
Flag of Scotland.svg  Scotland A 10100.00%739–32
Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 1100100.00%766+70
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa 10100.00%347–44
Flag of the Soviet Union.svg  Soviet Union 70700.00%60152–92
Flag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2200100.00%5830+28
Flag of Switzerland.svg   Switzerland 1100100.00%400+40
Flag of Tonga.svg  Tonga 10100.00%1328–15
Flag of Tunisia.svg  Tunisia 541080.00%14151+90
Flag of Ukraine.svg  Ukraine 2200100.00%7619+57
Flag of the United States.svg  United States 30300.00%29169–140
Flag of Uruguay.svg  Uruguay 1367046.15%198250–52
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 10100.00%054–54
Flag of Germany.svg  West Germany 1045140.00%13796+41
Flag of Yugoslavia (1946-1992).svg  Yugoslavia 4400100.00%8617+69
Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 752071.43%153108+45
Total3771552091341.11%70188238–1220

Players

Current squad

On the 24th of June 2021, the following 32 players were called up for the 2021 Rugby Europe Championship matches against Flag of Russia.svg Russia and Flag of the Netherlands.svg Netherlands [11]

On the 12th of July, Kalokalo Gavidi, Alejandro Alonso, Daniel Barranco and Jordi Jorba were called up to the squad while Gabriel Vélez, David Barrios, Diego Periel and Julen Goia returned to their clubs. [12]

Head Coach: Flag of Spain.svg Santiago Santos

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

Player Position Date of birth (age)CapsClub/province
Marco Pinto Ferrer Hooker (1987-11-11) 11 November 1987 (age 33)26 Flag of France.svg Béziers
Vicento del Hoyo Hooker (1996-02-15) 15 February 1996 (age 25)16 Flag of France.svg Marmande
Bittor Aboitiz Prop (1988-10-05) 5 October 1988 (age 32)4 Flag of France.svg Bédarrides
Andrés Alvarado Prop (1989-10-12) 12 October 1989 (age 31)2 Flag of Spain.svg El Salvador
Thierry Feuteu Prop (1995-06-23) 23 June 1995 (age 26)11 Flag of France.svg Carcassonne
Fernando López (c) Prop (1986-03-14) 14 March 1986 (age 35)52 Flag of France.svg Tarbes
Jon Zabala Prop (1996-11-26) 26 November 1996 (age 24)17 Flag of France.svg Béziers
Aníbal Bonan Lock (1984-06-10) 10 June 1984 (age 37)30 Flag of France.svg Bagnérais
Lucas Guillaume Lock (1991-04-15) 15 April 1991 (age 30)22 Flag of France.svg Albi
Manuel Mora Lock (1985-03-08) 8 March 1985 (age 36)27 Flag of France.svg Agathois
Victor Sánchez Lock (1987-06-20) 20 June 1987 (age 34)27 Flag of Spain.svg El Salvador
Facundo Domínguez Back row (1997-01-04) 4 January 1997 (age 24)1 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Matthew Foulds Back row (1991-04-27) 27 April 1991 (age 30)11 Flag of Spain.svg Alcobendas
Kalokalo Gavidi Back row (1981-11-29) 29 November 1981 (age 39)15 Flag of Spain.svg VRAC
Juan Pablo Guido Back row (1990-08-23) 23 August 1990 (age 30)5 Flag of Spain.svg Aparejadores
Fréderic Quercy Back row (1991-07-06) 6 July 1991 (age 30)12 Flag of France.svg USO Nevers
Afaese Tauli Back row (1990-04-29) 29 April 1990 (age 31)15 Flag of Spain.svg Santboiana
Facundo Munilla Scrum-half (1995-05-16) 16 May 1995 (age 26)24 Flag of France.svg Marcquois Rugby
Tomás Munilla Scrum-half (1998-08-03) 3 August 1998 (age 22)10 Flag of France.svg Béziers
Bautista Güemes Fly-half (1990-05-12) 12 May 1990 (age 31)5 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Gonzalo Vinuesa Fly-half (2001-01-13) 13 January 2001 (age 20)4 Flag of Spain.svg Cisneros
Alejandro Alonso Centre (1998-07-21) 21 July 1998 (age 23)1 Flag of Spain.svg VRAC
Daniel Barranco Centre (1999-01-12) 12 January 1999 (age 22)0 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Álvar Gimeno Centre (1997-12-15) 15 December 1997 (age 23)23Unattached
Fabien Perrin Centre (1988-06-16) 16 June 1988 (age 33)16 Flag of France.svg Colomiers
Richard Stewart Centre (1990-11-04) 4 November 1990 (age 30)18 Flag of Spain.svg Alcobendas
Federico Casteglioni Wing (1990-08-10) 10 August 1990 (age 30)28 Flag of Spain.svg Aparejadores
Jordi Jorba Wing (1997-05-08) 8 May 1997 (age 24)26 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona
Sergio Molinero Wing (2000-07-04) 4 July 2000 (age 21)0 Flag of Spain.svg Alcobendas
J. W. Bell Fullback (1990-01-18) 18 January 1990 (age 31)4 Flag of Spain.svg VRAC
Guillermo Domínguez Fullback (1997-01-31) 31 January 1997 (age 24)4 Flag of Spain.svg Alcobendas
Pablo Ortiz Fullback (2000-08-14)14 August 2000 (aged 20)0 Flag of Spain.svg Barcelona

Notable former players

Coaches

Current coaching staff

The current coaching staff of the Spanish national team: [13]

NameNationalityRole
Joel Guillén Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Manager
Adam Netwon Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Manager
José Manuel Pérez Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Manager
Santiago Santos Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Head coach
Miguel Velasco Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Assistant coach
Mar ÁlvarezFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Strength & Conditioning coach
Dr. Alberto GomezFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Team doctor
Dr. José Carlos SalóFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Team doctor
Pablo AmichFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Physiotherapist
Roberto MuriasFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Physiotherapist
Valentín TelleriarteFlag of Spain.svg  ESP Video-Analyst

Former coaches

CoachYears
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Enrique Gutiérrez
1927-1928
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Manuel Ordóñez
1931-1932
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP José Hermosa
1935-1936
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP César Palomino
1936
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Jesús Luque
1952-1953
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Juan Vázquez
1953-1960
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Arnaldo Griñó
1960-1966
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Ramón Rabassa
1965 (caretaker)
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alberto Serena
1967-1968
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alfredo Calzada
1968-1970
Flag of France.svg  FRA Gérard Murillo
1970-1978
Flag of Wales (1959-present).svg  WAL Morgan Thomas
1978-1979
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Luis Mocoroa
1979 (caretaker)
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Francisco Sacristán
1979-1982
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Jesús Linares
1982-1984
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Ángel Luis Jiménez
1984-1986
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP José Maria Epalza
1986-1989
Flag of France.svg  FRA Gérard Murillo
1989-1993
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alfonso Feijoo
1992 (caretaker)
Flag of New Zealand.svg  NZL Bryce Bevin
1993-1997
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Alfonso Feijoo
1997-1999
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Tomás García
1999-2002
Flag of France.svg  FRA Pierre Pérez
2002-2003
Flag of England.svg  ENG Gerard Glynn
2003-2010
Flag of France.svg  FRA Régis Sonnes
2010-2012
Flag of New Zealand.svg  NZL Bryce Bevin
2012-2013
Flag of Spain.svg  ESP Santiago Santos
2013-present

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The Switzerland national rugby union team represents Switzerland in men's international rugby union competitions. Nicknamed The White Flowers (Edelweiss), 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 compete. They are yet to participate in any Rugby World Cup and often play in all red while their away kit is all white.

Madagascar national rugby union team

The Madagascar national rugby union team represents Madagascar in the sport of rugby union. Although rugby is popular in Madagascar, the country has not yet qualified for a Rugby World Cup. It does compete annually in the Africa Cup, and was runner-up to Uganda in 2007. The national team's nickname is the Malagasy name for the ring-tailed lemur.

The Eswatini national rugby union team represent Eswatini in the sport of rugby union. They are ranked as a tier-three nation by the International Rugby Board (IRB). Eswatini have thus far not qualified for a Rugby World Cup, but have competed in qualifying tournaments.

Rugby union in Portugal

Rugby union in Portugal is a growing sport, though still a long distance from association football. The sport is essentially amateur in Portugal, with some degree of semi-professionalisation in its top flight league and the national rugby union team. The rugby union teams in Portugal are mostly university sides, from Lisbon, Porto and Coimbra, with multi-sport clubs like Benfica and Belenenses having rugby union collectivities.

Lynn Howells Rugby player

Lynn Howells is a Welsh rugby union coach, who until March 2018 was the head coach of the Romanian national team, haven been the manager of the national side for 10 months prior to his appointment. Howells, born in Maerdy in Rhondda Valleys, played flanker at his nearest club Tylorstown RFC, before playing for Penygraig RFC. There he was noticed by Pontypridd RFC, and represented one of the top clubs in Wales in 1971.

Pablo Lemoine Rugby player

Pablo Adrian Lemoine is a former Uruguayan rugby union player and former head coach of the Uruguayan national rugby team and German national team. He is now the head coach of the Chilean national team.

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